A balance of sailing, savoring and exploring idyllic islands

Each week aboard Sea Cloud is crafted to offer the authentic experience of sailing a true square-rigger among the Lesser Antilles’ pristine, seldom-seen locales. Flexibility is the hallmark of a Lindblad-National Geographic expedition, and our daily itineraries will often adjust to take advantage of wind or local events.


  • DAY 1: U.S./Barbados/Embark

    Arrive in Barbados and settle into your cabin aboard the elegant Sea Cloud. Cast off this evening, and enjoy dinner and our first Caribbean sunset. (D)

  • DAY 2: Under Sail

    Begin the morning on deck, where sailors climb aloft to raise the Sea Cloud’s sails by hand. Enjoy a full day under sail across the Caribbean. Relax with a book, photograph the ship’s exquisite details, and attend talks by our experts on the natural history and culture of the islands we will soon explore. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 3: Dominica

    Spend the day exploring Dominica, known as “the nature island” for its spectacular beauty and many protected reserves. Hike through enchanting rain forest. Join our historian in exploring the ruins of Fort Shirley, an 18th-century British garrison, and learn about Dominica’s turbulent colonial history. Go for a refreshing swim before casting off for a sunset seen from the sea. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4: Îles des Saintes, Guadeloupe/Under Sail

    Distinctly French in character and culture, the shops, homes, and people of Les Saintes are colorful, tasteful, and delightful. Enjoy picture-postcard views from Fort Napoléon, with its cactus garden, iguanas, and maritime museum. Then stroll through French colonial Terre-de-Haut and swim and snorkel from a nearby sandy beach. In the afternoon, we set sail south on a beam reach, as the winds fill the square sails in a glorious spectacle. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 5: Under Sail/Bequia, the Grenadines

    Sail aboard our magnificent ship in the morning and anchor at tiny Bequia by afternoon. Explore the charming waterfront and immerse yourself in this unique maritime culture. Go snorkeling at a nearby reef, swim along palm-backed beaches, or join our staff to visit a traditional model boat museum. In Port Elizabeth, browse the local market and stroll the waterfront Belmont Walkway, or choose to go snorkeling and swimming. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 6: Under Sail/Exploring the Grenadines

    Spend the morning aboard Sea Cloud under sail, exploring the idyllic Grenadine Islands, with their quintessential tropical cays. We’ll have options to snorkel among myriad colorful fish, or enjoy the sheltered white-sand beaches of the area. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 7: Soufrière, St. Lucia/Under Sail

    Arrive at St. Lucia and anchor under the island’s iconic twin peaks, Les Pitons, which rise dramatically above the sea. After exploring the fishing port of Soufrière, drive into St. Lucia’s active volcanic crater and discover the otherworldly landscape of mud pools and sulfur springs. Take a tropical walk through botanical gardens alive with birds and the backdrop rush of Diamond Falls. Spend the afternoon sailing as we return to Barbados. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 8: Barbados/Disembark/Home

    Disembark, tour the island, and transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B,L)

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

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