Caribbean & Central America
(Virgin Islands Cruise)
The U.S. and British Virgin Islands are rated among the most beautiful and appealing of all the places in the Caribbean. The small, idyllic islands on this small-ship cruise itinerary are off the beaten path, pristine, and waiting to be discovered. Their waters are clear and clean, their coral reefs unspoiled, their towns and villages quiet and laid-back - the perfect destination for a relaxing escape. You'll find that the pleasures of these islands are simple, but unforgettable. Swim, snorkel, watch for passing dolphins or whales as you lounge on the beach. Explore one of the last surviving rainforests in the Caribbean, revel in pure white-sand beaches, hiking trails and miles of shoreline and reefs. This voyage has it all.
Special offer: FREE round-trip airfare from select U.S. cities (Boston, New york, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, Dalllas, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco) (or $500 per person air credit). Conditions apply.
Cruise Departure Dates:
2013: Dec 20
2014: Jan 3,10,17
Board a shared transfer from the airport and head directly to the Crown Bay Marina, where your ship awaits.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom and to explore the length of your ship. You'll overnight at port tonight.
Port charges are included in your itinerary pricing.
The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America’s great coastal waterways. 257 feet long, 43 feet wide, with a draft of 8 feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. Accommodating 138 guests in 69 exterior cabins, the Yorktown enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality that endears it to repeat and new guests alike. In addition to a large sun deck, the Yorktown boasts a spacious lounge for social gatherings and lectures as well as quiet space for private conversation. The ship’s cuisine, served in a dining room large enough to accommodate all guests at once, emphasizes American regional culinary traditions and specialties.
Relax aboard in the morning as Yorktown navigates to idyllic Jost Van Dyke. A base for seafarers, pirates, and adventurers for over 400 years, Jost Van Dyke is now one of the favorite islands of yachtsmen. Your ship will anchor at magnificent White Bay, which is sheltered by a barrier reef and lined by a superb white-sand beach. In addition to offering wonderful conditions for swimming, kayaking, and snorkeling, unspoiled and sparsely populated Jost Van Dyke has green hills for hiking and bird-watching. In the afternoon, you'll sail to nearby Soper's Hole, at the western shore of Tortola, where the ship anchors for the night.
Departing from Soper’s Hole early in the morning, Yorktown will dock shortly thereafter in Tortola’s Road Town, the capital of the British Virgin Islands. Dutch buccaneers arrived here in 1648, becoming the first European settlers in the island group. About 21 square miles, Tortola’s terrain includes lush rain forest and pristine white-sand beaches. Explore the Sage Mountain National Park for a hike through the rain forest. Mount Sage rises more than 1,700 feet, the highest point in the British Virgin Islands, and is covered with undisturbed rain forest vegetation, including mahogany and kapok trees, while the pathways are lined with elephant ears, ferns, mountain guava, and other vegetation. The views of the surrounding islands are superb. There will also be time to explore quaint Road Town on your own, or enjoy swimming and snorkeling at one of the island’s stunning beaches. In the afternoon, Yorktown will make the short crossing to Peter Island, a lush small island, most of which is privately owned, that offers hiking paths and pristine beaches for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking.
Arrive in Virgin Gorda, where we will land at the Leverick Bay Marina, on the island’s scenic North Sound. Named “Fat Virgin” by Christopher Columbus when he arrived in 1493, the island is one of the most beautiful in the British Virgin Islands. The island offers many sites for exploration, including The Baths, a geological curiosity where enormous granite boulders lay scattered along the beach to form sea-filled grottoes and pools perfect for snorkeling and swimming; and Gorda Peak National Park, a nature preserve, where trails lead to the summit offering spectacular vistas of the surrounding islands.
Today you will call at two of the “Out Islands,” a local expression for the archipelago’s small and remote islands. Spend the morning at Cooper Island, which is virtually undeveloped. Yorktown will anchor at sheltered Manchioneel Bay, with its beautiful palm-lined beach. Enjoy swimming and snorkeling. Cistern Point, surrounded by coral reefs, offers excellent snorkeling. In the afternoon, call at Norman Island, reputed to be Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Yorktown will anchor at The Caves, an outstanding swimming and snorkeling area, with crystal-clear water, colorful corals, and other marine life.
In the morning, Yorktown will anchor at St. John’s Cruz Bay, the island’s small, neat, and tidy main town. Two-thirds of St. John is a protected national park, and during our visit we will have the opportunity to explore this verdant and welcoming island, including the Virgin Islands National Park, with its hiking trails and miles of shoreline and reefs. The park is home to a variety of flora and fauna, and historic buildings and sites, such as the Annaberg Sugar Mill ruins. During your visit, also learn about the Taino, the ancient inhabitants of the island. As the ship stays in Cruz Bay overnight, you will have the opportunity to shop and leisurely enjoy the town.
In the morning, call at St. Thomas, where Yorktown will dock at Crown Bay Marina. Spend the day relaxing and exploring Charlotte Amalie, the island’s capital, on your own, or join an excursion to the island’s historic landmarks, including the Estate St. Peter Greathouse & Botanical Gardens, with its 500 varieties of plants. Nestled high on St. Thomas’s peaks, Estate St. Peter offers wonderful views.
Disembark from your ship this morning, bidding farewell as you make landfall.
A shared transfer will take you to the airport for your homeward flight.
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