Sea Cloud, Caribbean ex Bridgetown Return – 02 Mar 2021

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For over 50 years, Lindblad Expeditions has been turning vacationers into informed and engaged explorers. Together with National Geographic we offer intimate small-ship expedition cruises that, unlike traditional cruises, are your opportunity to encounter the world’s most pristine and inspiring places up close with the seasoned experts who know them best.

Our expedition cruises provide the safest and most innovative ways to explore places already “discovered” and those that are still very, very wild. Whether you choose to go on a Galapagos cruise, an Alaska cruise, a cruise to Egypt, or any of our other cruise destinations, each expedition cruise features an unmatched combination of adventure travel technology as well as well-appointed cabins, regional and sustainable cuisine and friendly, personal service.

We believe the more closely our guests are able to connect with a destination, the more valuable an affect it will have on their lives and on the more they will come to care about and protect it for future exploration.

Cat 1 Solo, Cabin #16-17

These solo cabins feature upper and lower single beds and a window; they once housed the ship’s officers. They are equipped with temperature controls and a minibar. Ice is delivered twice daily. Each cabin is equipped with a telephone and small safe.

Category 4, Cabin #30-31

Cabins have a queen-size bed, a forward-facing window and a side-facing window, a writing desk and chair, and modern bathrooms. They have telephones, temperature controls, a minibar, and a small safe.

Category 3, Cabin #32-37

These cabins have two single beds, a writing desk and chair, at least one window, and modern bathrooms. They have telephones, temperature controls, a minibar, and a small safe.

Category 2, Cabin #18-25

These cabins have two single beds, at least one square window, and efficient bathrooms with showers. They have telephones, temperature controls, a minibar, and a small safe.

Category 1, Cabin #28-29.

These cabins have two single beds and a large window. They have telephones, temperature controls, a minibar, and a small space. Bathrooms and showers are modern and efficient.

DB Original and deluxe cabins #5, 6, 9, 10.

Located on the Main Deck, these very large cabins, originally occupied by guests (and the nannies, #9-10) of the owner, have a mix of bed types and decorative motifs. All have portholes.

DA Original and deluxe cabins #3, 4, 7, 8

These very large cabins, originally occupied by guests of the Posts, have a mix of bed types and decorative motifs. These wood-paneled rooms feature various armchairs, marble fireplaces, and antique furnishings. All have two portholes. These cabins offer different bed configurations (call for details).

Owners Suite #1-2

These incomparable suites were occupied by Marjorie Merriweather Post (#1) and E.F. Hutton (#2). They have king-size beds and grand marble bathrooms. They remain a testament to Marjorie Merriweather Post’s indulgence in luxury with their large marble baths, fireplaces, overstuffed armchairs, and walk-in closets.

Sea Cloud - Main Deck

Sea Cloud - Promenade Deck

Sea Cloud - Lido Deck

Sea Cloud is a ship with a soul, imbued by the original owners, Marjorie Merriweather Post and her husband E.F. Hutton in the 1930’s. The ship has played host to royalty, known service in wartime, and sailed the world over. She is a vessel of incomparable grace that harks back to the golden age of ship travel. Once you’ve been on Sea Cloud under full sail, you’ll begin your own love affair.

Sea Cloud accommodates 58 guests in 28 outside cabins, including two original owner’s suites that still feature original marble baths and fireplaces. At 360 feet she is an expansive ship with extensive public spaces on the top deck, where we luxuriate in deck chairs and watch the crew of 18 go aloft in the web of riggings to hand-set her 30 sails. Her dining room is hung with marine oil paintings of the period and accommodates all guests at once for a single seating. We’ll gather in the lounge each evening for Recap. Life aboard is a uniquely pleasing mix of elegance and informality—a return to the golden age of sailing in shorts and deck shoes. You’ll find all shipboard services impeccable.

Experience something many people don’t know exists in the 21st-century—the romance of life under square sails. Discover the thrill of standing on deck as Sea Cloud gently glides through the water, her crew aloft in the riggings, running out and reefing sails. Settle in to your favorite areas on the top deck and bask in the incomparable experience of traveling aboard the finest tall ship to ever sail the seas. Lose yourself in an adventure that, in this day and age, is almost unimaginable.

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Length: 360 feet
  • Tonnage: 2.532 tonnes
  • Maiden Voyage: 1931
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 58
  • Crew Nationality: European
  • Officer Nationality: European
  • Ship Registration: La Valletta / Malta

Ship Facilities

  • Laundry Service
  • Library
  • Lido Bar
  • Lounge & Bar
  • Medical Centre
  • Restaurant
  • Shopping Boutique
  • Internet Access

Cruise Itinerary

02 Mar '21
Bridgetown, Barbados
03 Mar '21 At sea    
04 Mar '21
Dominica, Windward Islands
05 Mar '21
Isles des Saintes, Guadeloupe
06 Mar '21
Bequia, St Vincent & The Grenadines
07 Mar '21 At sea    
08 Mar '21
Soufriere, St Lucia
09 Mar '21
Bridgetown, Barbados

All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

7 Night Cruise sailing from Bridgetown roundtrip aboard Sea Cloud.

DAY 1: Embark in Barbados
Embark Sea Cloud in Barbados in the late afternoon as we begin our voyage in the Caribbean. (D)

DAY 2: Under Sail
We have the day to enjoy one of the great pleasures of travel anywhere: sailing aboard our authentic barque, seeing the crew go aloft unfurling the sails the traditional way—by hand—as we ride the trade winds. Watch as the crew climbs the rigging and trims the Sea Cloud’s 32,000 square feet of canvas, and follow the action with sail plan in hand. This is surely one of the best ways possible to learn about the art and science of sailing, and a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the many amenities of this historic tall ship. (B,L,D)

DAY 3: Dominica
Dominica is called the “Nature Island” because of its beauty and many reserves. We dock at historic Prince Rupert Bay, where sailing ships of all flags put in for water, citrus fruits, and solid timber after a long Atlantic crossing. In the morning, we drive through a succession of tropical ecosystems and fruit plantations into the Morne Diablotin National Park and rain forest. The spectacular canopy trees with their buttress roots and liana vines are home to Dominica’s two endemic parrots, which we hope to see or hear on our rain forest hike. After lunch, join our historian for a walk up to beautifully restored Fort Shirley, where English cannons protected the strategic bay below. We’ll also have our first opportunity to snorkel in the warm, clear Caribbean waters. (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 sails in the Guadeloupe Channel for a short but powerful downwind reach, as the winds fill the square sails in a glorious spectacle. (B,L,D)

DAY 5: Under Sail/Bequia, the Grenadines
In the morning, we sail aboard our magnificent ship, and in the afternoon, we visit Bequia. With a historical mix of Scottish indentured servants, buccaneers, whalers and mariners, Bequia has a maritime culture unlike any other. Scrimshaw and model-boat building endure in this long-time sailors’ watering hole. We’ll get to know the local Bequians on a short drive around the island in covered pick-up trucks, stopping at a view with gorgeous overlooks and at a traditional model boat museum. In Port Elizabeth, we’ll find local crafts, the Rastafarian fruit and vegetable market, elegant Belmont Walk, and one of the best bookstores in the West Indies. A good swim, snorkel, and tropical beach are a short walk or Zodiac ride away, near the local beach bar. (B,L,D)

DAY 6: Under Sail/Exploring the Grenadines
In the morning, we enjoy a rousing sail through the idyllic Grenadines, passing Mustique, Canouan, Tobago Cay, Mayreau and Union Islands. We’ll then anchor in one of the lovely white-sand arcing beaches that are the quintessential image of a Caribbean bay, with protected waters for easy swimming and snorkeling, and a few local beach bars with colorful Caribbean names and characters completing the scene. (B,L,D)

DAY 7: Soufrière & Les Pitons, St. Lucia/Under Sail
Anchor under the iconic twin peaks of St. Lucia, called “Les Pitons,” the iconic image of the famed Windward Islands. We’ll stop beneath Petit Piton at the port of Soufrière, whose name derives from the active sulfur pools indicative of ongoing volcanism. We’ll explore the active crater and the geologic origins of Les Pitons, before taking a delightful walk through the local botanical gardens. Fed by mineral-rich hot spring runoff, the gardens are a gallery of tropical blooms and color, alive with hummingbirds, bullfinches and the backdrop rush of Diamond Falls. We then spend the afternoon sailing as we return to Barbados. (B,L,D)

DAY 8: Barbados/Disembark/Home
Disembark the Sea Cloud in Bridgetown, Barbados.

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