Feb 22, 2020 - Feb 29, 2020
Trip Type
By Sea

Ship Size: Up to 180 guests
Price: Starting from $4,595 per person
Co-sponsored with: Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, Mt. Holyoke, Smithsonian, and National Trust

Activity Level

Trip Overview

Elude the depths of winter and experience the sport of sailing on the high seas, seafaring in its most timeless form on this custom-designed, seven-night cruise experience amid the deep blue sea of the Caribbean’s tropical Windward Islands aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star, small expedition ship Le Champlain. Cruise into secluded harbors, exploring the natural and cultural treasures of the Windward Islands. Visit Grenada, the Spice Island; Martinique’s Clément Plantation and Rum Distillery; Mayreau, Grenadines and St. Vincent, including the awe-inspiring lagoons of Tobago Cays Marine Park, Soufrière, St. Lucia’s Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens and Volcano and Sulphur Springs; and Bridgetown, Barbados, known for its colonial architecture and vibrant Bajan culture. Grenada Pre-Cruise and Barbados Post-Cruise Options are available.

Schedule by Day

  • Feb 22: Depart U.S. / Arrive St. George’s, Grenada / Embark Le Champlain
  • Feb 23: St. George’s
  • Feb 24: Port Elizabeth, Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines / Kingstown
  • Feb 25: Fort-de-France, Martinique
  • Feb 26: Iles des Saintes
  • Feb 27: Rodney Bay, St. Lucia / Soufrière
  • Feb 28: Mayreau, St. Vincent and the Grenadines / Tobago Cays
  • Feb 29: Disembark in Bridgetown, Barbados / Return to U.S.

Pricing Per Person

*Note: There is no single supplement for this program

  • Category 8:          $4,595
  • Category 7:          $5,595
  • Category 6:          $6,795
  • Category 5:          $7,195
  • Category 4:          $7,595
  • Category 3:          $7,795
  • Category 2:          $8,395
  • Category 1:          $8,895
  • Deluxe Suite:       $9,595
  • Prestige Suite:    $10,095
  • Privilege Suite:    $10,595
  • Grand Deluxe:     $11,295
  • Owner’s Suite:    $11,595


  •  7 nights aboard Le Champlain


Pre-Extension: Grenada

$795 per person double occupancy / $1,195 single occupancy

Spend two nights in colorful St. George’s, Grenada. Explore the rich biodiversity of the Grand Etang Forest Reserve surrounding a crater lake in an extinct volcano, visit a working 17th-century cocoa plantation and stop at the Grenada Nutmeg Station to learn more about the island’s famed spice. Enjoy deluxe tropical accommodations in the Radisson Grenada Beach resort, ideally located on Grand Anse Beach.

Post-Extension: The Beauty of Barbados

$1,195 per person double occupancy / $1,795 single occupancy

The ideal complement to your cruise, historic Barbados celebrates a thriving geographical and cultural landscape. In extraordinary Hunte’s Gardens, tropical plant life blooms in a beautifully landscaped rainforest gully. Celebrated Bridgetown showcases a fascinating fusion of more than 350 years of English and Afro-Caribbean architecture, culture and traditions. On a walking tour of Bridgetown’s UNESCO-designated historic center and Garrison, visit St. John’s Parish Church, one of the oldest churches in Barbados, dating from 1645, and the neo-Gotchic-style Parliament Building. Visit the Careenage, the focal point of the city, studded with historic buildings, and the site of the iconic Chamberlain Bridge. Tour the notable George Washington House, where the United States’ first president stayed for two months as a young man. Spend two nights in the deluxe Hilton Barbados hotel.

What to Expect

Activity Level 3

Many of the cities and towns being visited were founded centuries ago, and the terrain is rugged. Therefore, a fair amount of walking along narrow cobblestone streets, stone floors or uneven and/or slippery terrain and climbing several flights of stairs (some without railings) is to be expected. Walking excursions often cover distances of at least one mile/1.6 km and are approximately three hours in length. Please be advised that the ship may either dock in port or tender ashore by small boat.

Study Leader(s)

Barbara Horlbeck from National Trust for Historic Preservation (Art History), Kirt Kempter from Smithsonian Journeys (Geology), and F. Jon Kull from Dartmouth (Chemistry)

Mode of Travel

The exclusively chartered, five-star Le Champain is one of four ships in the recent Ponant Explorers expedition yacht series and represents an extraordinary fleet of the most innovative cruise ships in the world.

For More Information

Please email or call our office at 800-422-1636 or 617-496-0806.