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Royal Clipper Cruise - Grenadines

By Lauren James - Published April 08, 2012 - Viewed 9638 times

Barbados, Grenada, Carriacou, Tobago Cays, St. Vincent, Bequia, Martinique and St. Lucia

Day One - Barbados

My husband and I arrived the boarding area in Barbados and were very excited for the embarkation of our second Star Clipper cruise together (and my third cruise on this line.) We had not been on the Royal Clipper before and looked forward to exploring the ship.

Sails at Night


 Day Two - Grenada

We took the ship’s tour, Nutmeg and Falls- we went to the nutmeg factory, learned about the spice island and visited the Concord Waterfalls.

At the Concord Waterfalls
Local Steel Drum Band- fun evening entertainment

Day Three- Carriacou

We took a taxi tour of the island where we took in beautiful views.

View of the Royal Clipper with Sandy Island behind it (where we snorkeled and beached it in the afternoon.)
Views around Carriacou
Boat at Paradise Beach
Paradise Beach

We hired a boat to take us to Sandy Island, a 5 minute ride from Paradise Beach. The beach here was beautiful and there was great snorkeling. When we arrived we were the only people on the island—it was paradise!

After getting back on the boat for the sail-away, we enjoyed a stunning sunset over the neighboring islands.

Day Four- Tobago Cays

Time for the beautiful Tobago Cays
Views from the Tobago Cays after a hike to the highest point on the island.

That morning we hired a boat to take us to a neighboring island where we snorkeled with turtles, lounged on a beautiful sandspit, and explored the island.

We saw at least eight turtles and two starfish. Then I explored the island and my husband hiked to the top of the island where he saw an iguana and took in the views.

Views from the top of the island.

This day for me was one of the best perks of a Star Clipper cruise. A large cruise ship would never be able to tender its passengers into these small, uninhabited islands. While there were other people on these islands from boats moored in the area, it certainly wasn’t crowded. And we enjoyed a delicious barbeque, beautiful beaches and snorkeling, all included in the price of the cruise! Plus, we had easy access to the neighboring island, reached by a short boat ride (we paid a local to take us), for great snorkeling with turtles and another fantastic beach.

Day Five- St. Vincent and Bequia

We only had a few hours to enjoy St. Vincent, so we tendered in and hopped a taxi to visit the fort and botanical gardens.

There were beautiful views from the fort.

We then boarded the ship for the short sail to Bequia.  We took the 4x4 tour offered by the ship where we learned about the island, took in gorgeous vistas and visited a turtle farm.

Baby turtles at the turtle farm- the owner raises the turtles and returns them to the wild.

After the tour we walked around town—it was very charming.

While we were waiting for the last tender, we enjoyed a fantastic sunset from the jetty.

Views of sunset and ship in Bequia

Day Six- Martinique

In the morning we opted for the ship’s tour. We took a walking tour of town, visited the Church of Balata, and the most beautiful botanical gardens I have seen.

Street in Martinique
At the botanical gardens

After the tour, we cruised over to Anse D’ Arlet.

Day Seven- St. Lucia

We anchored in Marigot in the morning and we took a taxi tour of the island. I wanted to experience the views of the Pitons and other scenery from both the water and the mountains. It was great to see them from both perspectives.

View of Marigot and the ship
View of a banana plantation
View of the Pitons and Soufriere from the mountains

After touring the island, we met back with the ship, which had moved to Soufriere. We boarded and quickly changed for the snorkeling excursion. This is a great perk of the Star Clippers—the excursion was snorkeling from the tender and only cost one Euro (because it was a national marine reserve). This was the best snorkeling of the trip too!

File Fish

We then boarded the ship and enjoyed the views of the Pitons from the water.

Then it was time for the photo tender – a chance to take pictures of the ship under sail.

We then boarded the ship for the final sail-away. I did not want to think about leaving!

Day Eight- Barbados

After disembarking the ship in the morning, we caught a taxi to take a tour of the island because our flight did not leave until 4:30 pm. We made a few stops in Bridegetown, drove by beautiful beaches, sugar plantations, and made a stop at the watch tower for beautiful views. We then made our way to stunning, wild Bathsheba beach.

Watch Tower in Barbados
View from Watch Tower in Barbados
Beautiful Bathsheba Beach

We made our way to the airport to board our plane. We are looking forward to another Star Clipper adventure in the future!

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