Christmas in the Grenadines

10 days / 9 nights
    Diving
    Christmas in the Grenadines

    Cruise Caribbean

    from 18 December 2017 to 27 December 2017
    10 days / 9 nights

    Departure Port : Pointe-à-Pitre
    Arrival Port : Fort-de-France

    Ship : LE PONANT

    • Ref : P181217

    PONANT invites you to experience an unforgettable Christmas with an exceptional itinerary to the southern West Indies!

    From Pointe à Pitre, you will set sail aboard Le Ponant for a 10-day cruise under the Caribbean sun.

    Your cruise will start with a stopover in the Les Saintes archipelago, home to one of the most beautiful bays in the world: Les Saintes Bay.

    You will then gently island hop towards Saint Lucia and her two majestic rocky peaks, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    After having anchored in the heart of the Tobago Cays National Park, this rosary of islands bound together by the most beautiful coral reef in the West Indies, Le Ponant will take you to discover Bequia, “the whale-hunting island,” and its wild and unspoiled coastline.

    An experienced diving monitor is on board during the cruise. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the underwater world, whether scuba diving or snorkelling.

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      LE PONANT

      Mythical destinations and secret ports of call only accessible to small capacity yachts. Ponant’s signature are Frenchstyle cuisine in a welcoming and intimate environment, discreet yet attentive service where no attention to detail is spared, unforgettable moments of relaxation aboard elegant French flag yachts of character. A sophisticated yet friendly atmosphere, in which, emotions, discovery and the quest for authenticity all take priority. Experience cruising in a different way and discover the magic of « Yacht Cruising ».

      Given her size, shallow draft and a design that is very open to the sea (large sundeck, outdoor restaurant, easy access to the sea for swimming from her marina), Le Ponant, PONANT’s symbolic flagship gives passengers the feeling they are on a private yacht. The 32 staterooms all have a port hole and are tastefully decorated in a harmony of blues and whites. Two comfortable lounges and two restaurants complete the intimate spaces on this beautiful yacht.

       

       

      Port of call & excursions

      18 December 2017 – Les Saintes

      Pointe-à-Pitre

      Embarkation 18/12/2017 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 18/12/2017 at 23H00 .

      19 December 2017 – Les Saintes

      19 December 2017 – Les Saintes

      Arrival 19/12/2017 early morning. Departure 19/12/2017 late afternoon.

      During the feast of All Saints in 1493, Christopher Columbus discovered this archipelago of nine islands that he named "The Saints". Today, only two of them are inhabited. Terre de Haut, in the east, is dominated by the Morne Mire hill; at the summit stands Fort Napoleon, paying homage to the islands' history. In the heart of the botanical garden, shared by iguanas and cacti, there is an exceptional view of the Baie des Saintes, one of the most beautiful in the world. On Terre-de-Bas, you'll be charmed by the authenticity of the village of Petites-Anses. Off the coast of the "Saints" archipelago, traditional fishing vessels sail the blue seas of the Caribbean. Don't turn down a coconut "tourment d'amour", a sweet treat you'll be offered when you disembark.

      20 December 2017 – Marigot Bay

      20 December 2017 – Marigot Bay

      Arrival 20/12/2017 early morning. Departure 20/12/2017 midday.

      On the west coast of the island of St Lucia, Marigot Bay has been described as "the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean". The picturesque marina, steep rainforested hills and deep blue waters have provided the backdrop for movies and the palm-studded beach is a Caribbean dream. Swimming, snorkelling and deep-sea diving are superb here.

      20 December 2017 – Soufrière

      20 December 2017 – Soufrière

      Arrival 20/12/2017 midday. Departure 20/12/2017 late evening.

      Nestled in the crook of a breath-taking bay, the former capital of St Lucia is brimming with attractions. Soufrière is famous for The Pitons, volcanic spires that tower over the entrance to the town, and you will fall in love with its authentic Creole charm and warm friendly atmosphere. As well as diving and swimming off exquisite beaches, don't miss Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens for the mineral baths, one of the natural wonders of the Caribbean.

      21 December 2017 – Canouan, St Vincent and the Grenadines

      21 December 2017 – Canouan, St Vincent and the Grenadines

      Arrival 21/12/2017 early morning. Departure 21/12/2017 late afternoon.

      Discover Canouan, a tiny island renowned for the spectacular coral reef that lies along its Atlantic coast. Originally named “Hairoun” this small parcel of land, was initially inhabited by Carib Indians, while Christopher Columbus was the first European to set foot on it. 

      22 December 2017 – Mayreau

      22 December 2017 – Mayreau

      Arrival 22/12/2017 early morning. Departure 22/12/2017 late afternoon.

      23 December 2017 – Saint George's

      23 December 2017 – Saint George's

      Arrival 23/12/2017 early morning. Departure 23/12/2017 late evening.

      Delicately set against the back of a bay on the west coast of Grenada, Saint George’s attracts newcomers by the beauty of its location and its friendly, festive atmosphere. This “spice island” capital is an excellent base for visiting the surrounding natural sites, but you’ll also want to spend some time here moseying around its narrow streets where colonial houses and lush green gardens coexist. Carenage is Saint George’s lively commercial fishing harbour, high in colour, especially when the boats are being loaded with fruit and vegetables destined for neighbouring islands. 5 kilometres south, the Grand Anse beach is one of the most beautiful in the Caribbean islands.

      24 December 2017 – Carriacou

      24 December 2017 – Carriacou

      Arrival 24/12/2017 early morning. Departure 24/12/2017 midday.

      Belonging to the Grenadines archipelago, Carriacou Island unfurls its sumptuous coat of green at the gates of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. This lush island, bordered by immaculate beaches, is one of the most beautiful in the West Indies. The appropriately named Paradise Beach is bathed by translucent waters, an idyllic spot where you can soak up the laid-back Caribbean ambience.

      24 December 2017▸25 December 2017 – Chatham Bay, Union Island

      24 December 2017▸25 December 2017 – Chatham Bay, Union Island

      Arrival 24/12/2017 midday. Departure 25/12/2017 early morning.

      Deserted bays, long stretches of golden sand, turquoise waters and endless coral reefs – Union Island is without a doubt one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean. Overlooked by soaring peaks, this strange little strip of land owes its nickname of “the Tahiti of the West Indies” to its volcanic silhouette and its large swathes of greenery. When you call here, you will discover what the locals consider to be “the best-kept secret in the Grenadines” -Chatham Bay. Surrounded by hills and valleys carpeted in tropical rainforest, sheltering many sea turtles, this delightful half-moon of sand is, each day, the setting for the tireless ballet of the numerous pelicans who inhabit the island.

      25 December 2017 – Tobago Cayes

      25 December 2017 – Tobago Cayes

      Arrival 25/12/2017 early morning. Departure 25/12/2017 late afternoon.

      Scattered between St Vincent and Grenada, the Tobago Cays comprises five little islands: Petit Rameau, Petit Bateau, Baradal, Petit Tabac and Jamesby. This rosary of uninhabited cays in the southern West Indies is a marine park that has some outstanding marine fauna in its turquoise lagoons. Girded and united by a coral reef, these secluded islands are a peaceful paradise for divers, swimmers and snorkellers.

      26 December 2017 – Bequia

      26 December 2017 – Bequia

      Arrival 26/12/2017 early morning. Departure 26/12/2017 late afternoon.

      In the heart of the Caribbean, Bequia is the second-largest of 32 islands that make up the country of St Vincent and the Grenadines. This secluded island, strongly attached to its tradition of whale hunting, is popular with visiting yachties and divers. Port Elizabeth, the islandメs main town, has a lively atmosphere and further afield tropical rainforest and white-sand beaches provide a natural setting for peaceful walks.

      27 December 2017▸26 December 2017 – Fort de France

      Fort-de-France

      Disembarkation 27/12/2017 at 07H00 .

      Located on the western coast of Martinique, Fort-de-France will amaze you by the splendour of its bay, a magnificent cut-out in the coastline, considered as one of the most beautiful in the world. At the harbour mouth, on its strip of land, fort Saint-Louis overlooks the capital city of Martinique. If you climb up to it, you can see some breath-taking views. Saint Louis Cathedral and the Schoelcher library bear witness to a secular history, intimately linked to the island’s story. Why not try some fresh coconut at the colourful Grand Marché. Two really pleasant places you can take a breather in, right in the heart of the city, are the garden of Balata and the Aimé Césaire park.

      Formalities

      • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

      • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

      • In order to participate in diving sessions, guests must have with them a medical certificate less than 1 year old and their up to date dive book.

      Diving in the Caribbean Sea

      Diving in the Caribbean Sea

      Scuba diving

      Your dives will be led by Patrick Brissac your instructor. He will take care of your safety and that all goes smoothly.

      On some diving sites, as in natural reserves or if the local regulations require it, a local guide will escort the diving.

      Thanks to check below.

      PORTS OF CALL

      CERTIFIED DIVES

      FIRST DIVES

      GUADELOUPE - Les Saintes

      YES

      YES

      SAINTE LUCIE – Marigot

      YES

      YES

      SAINTE LUCIE - Soufriere

      YES

      NO

      St-Vincent-and-Grenadines - Canouan

      YES

      YES

      St-Vincent-and-Grenadines - Mayreau

      YES

      YES

      GRENADE - St Georges

      YES

      NO

      St-Vincent-and-Grenadines - Carriacou/Sandy Island

      YES

      YES

      St-Vincent-and-Grenadines - Chatmay Bay

      YES

      NO

      St-Vincent-and-Grenadines - Tobago Cays

      NO

      NO

      St-Vincent-and-Grenadines - Bequia

      YES

      YES


      The minimum level required for scuba diving on this cruise is 1 star CMAS or the Open Water Diver Padi.

       

      What is a confirmed diver?

      A confirmed diver is 1 star CMAS certified diver, or the Open Water Diver (PADI).

      The certification card, the diving log book and a recent medical certificate (less than 12 months) must be presented at the beginning of the cruise to our diving instructor Patrick BRISSAC.

       

      How does it work?

      The instructor can dive with 4 confirmed divers at a time, according to their certification. The instructor reserves the right to check divers’ ability for maximum safety.

      The depth that can be reached will depend of the certification of the divers:

      • For those with Level 1 or PADI Open Water Diver certificates the maximum depth can be up to 20 metres.
      • If two Level 2 divers wish to dive together alone, they must have a briefing first. They must have dive computers and are allowed to go to a maximum depth of 20 metres.

       

      Duration of the dives

      The diving activity lasts from 2 to 3 hours, which includes the journey to the diving site and the diving. This duration is given as an indication and may vary according to the site, the level of divers, weather conditions and the number of participants.

      For experienced divers, the duration of dives varies between 35 and 60 minutes depending on the site, the diver’s experience and consumption. As we will dive in remote place, the dives will be done without decompression stop. A safety stop of 3 minutes at 5 meters will be mandatory.

       

      Supplied equipment

      • Diving wetsuit
      • Stabilizing jacket      
      • Fins
      • Mask
      • Snorkel
      • Regulator with octopus and pressure gauge
      • Diving computer

       

      Rates :

      Price per person

      • First dive:
        • Introductory dive (1 dive): €80
        • Ponant Discovery Pack (2 dives): €150
      • Certified dive:
        • Exploration (1 dive): €80
        • Excellence Package (3 dives): €225
        • Passion Package (6 dives): €420

       

      Fauna of the Caribbean Sea

      The fauna of the Caribbean Sea is very varied. During the various dives, could observe various species of benthic fauna such as French angel fish, yellow tail snapper, red snapper, and pelagic fauna such as wahoo, sail fish, as well as endemic wildlife such as barel sponges, and purple sponges.

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. After your cruise

        27/12/2017 – Flavours of Martinique

        135.00 € **

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        27/12/2017 – Relaxing day at the Bakoua Hotel 3* (1 day)

        130.00 € **

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      2. Your packages

        18/12/2017 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Transfer to the Port of Pointe-à-Pitre (Pre) + Flavours of Martinique (Post)

      3. Before your cruise

        18/12/2017 – Transfer to the port of Pointe-à-Pitre

        30.00 € **

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      Attention: the prices listed at the time of your reservation can be different from those listed in the brochure. These prices can evolve based on availability and the real time rates of the airline companies selected.
      Travellers are advised to check all the information with the authorities concerned prior to the departure date. Ponant advises Travellers to consult the country factsheets relating to the chosen destinations. Ponant specifically draws Travellers' attention to the fact that the information provided may change up until the departure date, and they are advised to consult that information up until the time of departure. CDP invites Travellers to adjust their behavior to the visited country, to exercise vigilance and to avoid carrying valuable objects during their travel.
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