Pearls of the Caribbean

8 days / 7 nights
    New itinerary
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    Pearls of the Caribbean

    Cruise Caribbean

    from 26 March 2019 to 2 April 2019
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Fort-de-France
    Arrival Port : Fort-de-France

    Ship : LE PONANT

    • Ref : P260319

    PONANT brings you a brand-new itinerary to the heart of the most enchanting islands in the Caribbean Sea. Board Le Ponant for an 8-day cruise combining long white-sand beaches and the easy Creole way of life.

    From Fort-de-France, the capital of Martinique, Le Ponant will set sail to Les Saintes, a highly popular anchorage site with crystal-clear waters and fabulous seabed. You will then set sail to the Grenadines and Bequia Island, the “whale-hunting island,” and its wild and unspoiled coastline.

    During your cruise, Le Ponant will lower her anchor in the Tobago Cays National Park. This rosary of islands bound together by the most beautiful coral reef in the West Indies, will reveal its incredible underwater wildlife and its secret coves.

    You will then island hop gently towards Saint Lucia and its two majestic rocky peaks soaring straight from the sea, a unique location listed as UNESCO World Heritage site. You will finally reach Fort-de-France. Make sure to visit one of its renowned rum distilleries! 

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    FREE SINGLE SUPPLEMENT *

    *The supplement for single usage of a double cabin is waived, according to availability and staterooms categories.

    Highlights

    • A true picture-postcard of the West Indies: long white-sand beaches, colourful seabeds, and the easy Creole way of life.
    • UNESCO World Heritage Site: Discovering Saint Lucia and its two rocky peaks.
    • Discovering the Grenadine Islands, considered one of the world’s most stunning archipelagos.
    • On Mayreau Island, privatisation of a beach for the day and barbecue.
    • Exceptional sea bed with possibility to observe turtles, barracudas, spiny lobsters and parrot fishes.

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      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

      26 March 2019 – Les Saintes

      Fort-de-France

      Embarkation 26/03/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 26/03/2019 at 20H00 .

      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.

      27 March 2019 – Les Saintes

      27 March 2019 – Les Saintes

      Arrival 27/03/2019 mid morning. Departure 27/03/2019 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. The long shady beach of Pompierre, where it is forbidden to drop anchor, is a peaceful place for a swim, while Pain de Sucre Beach offers wonderful opportunities for snorkelling. On the island, don’t forget to taste the local speciality, the “tourment d’amour”, a cake made with coconut.

      28 March 2019 – Port Elizabeth, Bequia Island

      28 March 2019 – Port Elizabeth, Bequia Island

      Arrival 28/03/2019 midday. Departure 28/03/2019 evening.

      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. You will love the lively and picturesque atmosphere of Port Elizabeth, the island’s main town. From the port, a promenade lined with beautiful traditional houses, landscaped gardens and small restaurants runs along the shoreline. It leads to Princess Margaret Beach, a wild beach where Princess Margaret herself has stayed and which seems to emerge directly from the tropical forest. From rainforest to lush meadows and long stretches of sand, Bequia will offer you a natural setting that is conducive to lovely walks and to spending time on the beach.

      29 March 2019 – Grenada

      29 March 2019 – Grenada

      Arrival 29/03/2019 early morning. Departure 29/03/2019 evening.

      On the southern part of Grenada, an island of volcanic origin situated between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, discover Prickly Bay, a vast bay welcoming yachts from all over the world. Surrounded by sumptuous beaches ideal for relaxing, the site is a privileged point of entry for exploring the island. In Grenada, renowned for its many walking possibilities and magnificent diving spots, you’ll be able to discover preserved nature. The sea beds, with a wealth of exceptional fauna and flora, are considered to be among the most beautiful in the world. Among other things, you’ll be able to admire angel fish, parrot fish, sea fans and leatherback sea turtles, the largest marine turtles in the world.

      30 March 2019 – Mayreau Island

      30 March 2019 – Mayreau Island

      Arrival 30/03/2019 mid morning. Departure 30/03/2019 late evening.

      Among the string of paradisiac islands with their sandy beaches that form the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines archipelago, Mayreau is the smallest. Its peaceful and idyllic atmosphere, far from the madding crowd, invites you to relax. On shore, enjoy a shaded and fully equipped beach from which to go snorkelling if you’d like to observe the colourful fish around the coral sitting at the foot of the rocks that stretch across the bay.

      31 March 2019 – Tobago Cays

      31 March 2019 – Tobago Cays

      Arrival 31/03/2019 early morning. Departure 31/03/2019 early evening.

      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 whose turquoise lagoons provide a home and safe haven for some outstanding marine fauna, including peaceful green turtles. Girded and united by a coral reef, these secluded islands are a peaceful paradise for divers, swimmers and snorkellers.

      1 April 2019 – Pigeon Island Beach

      1 April 2019 – Pigeon Island Beach

      Arrival 01/04/2019 early morning. Departure 01/04/2019 midday.

      Linked to St Lucia by a sand causeway, Pigeon Island has been a designated National Park since 1979. On this wild and pristine land, you will be inspired to take pleasant walks amid the tropical vegetation and through a magnificent tree-filled garden. You will also be irresistibly drawn to the two pretty little sandy beaches nestling on the southern side and bathed by crystal-clear waters. While snorkelling, be sure to explore the underwater world that is teeming with life, along the rocks lining this peninsula’s coast. You will thoroughly enjoy the calm and beauty of this place, which is really conducive to simply relaxing.

      1 April 2019 – Soufrière

      1 April 2019 – Soufrière

      Arrival 01/04/2019 mid afternoon. Departure 01/04/2019 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. In the vicinity of the lush botanical gardens, you will be able to enjoy the curative powers of the Diamond Falls mineral baths. From the beach at the north end of the bay, you can set off to explore the reefs that are home to stunning gardens of sea fans at the foot of the cliffs that plunge into the sea.

      2 April 2019▸1 April 2019 – Fort-de-France

      Fort-de-France

      Disembarkation 02/04/2019 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.

      • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. After your cruise

        02/04/2019 – Flavours of Martinique

        150.00 € **

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      2. Before your cruise

        26/03/2019 – Transfer to the port of Fort-de-France

        30.00 € **

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      3. Your packages

        26/03/2019 – Flights From/ To Paris + Pre Transfer to the port of Fort-de-France + Post Flavours of Martinique

        700.00 € **
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