Cruise fans will have another sailing choice for their Caribbean vacation plans starting in November. Tradewind Voyages sets sail from Barbados on November 11, all five masts majestically unfurled to full sail mode and hitting the wind like the 19th and 20th century Tea Clippers and Cape Horners that sailed the trading routes of old.
The new Tradewind Voyages sailing ship, Golden Horizon, is made of carved teak, brass and canvas and is a near replica of the 1913-built ocean vessel, France II. Modern and refined, it sails with 140 cabins for 274 guests on itineraries that take in the less visited islands in the Caribbean, including Martinique, Tobago, Dominica and the Grenadines. The tall ship is powered by billowing sails as much as possible keeping clean oceans and environmental sustainability as an earth citizen priority.
There are 21 departures on offer between November and March, all of which are round trips from Barbados. Each voyage is a seven-night sailing that includes all meals and soft drinks.
- Undiscovered Caribbean: This voyage highlights the region’s most unspoiled islands in search of hidden beaches and natural wonders. Passengers can spend a day sailing before venturing on to Charlotteville in Tobago, St George’s in Grenada, Mayreau in the Grenadines, Kingstown in St Vincent and Soufriere Bay in St Lucia.
- Caribbean’s Hidden Gems: This voyage finds a slower pace sailing amid some of the Caribbean’s best-kept secrets: Roseau in Dominica, Fort de France in Martinique and Port Elizabeth in Bequia, as well as Iles de Saintes in Guadeloupe.
- Icons of the Caribbean: Guests discover exquisite beaches, national parks and historical treasures on Barbados, Antigua, St Lucia, St Kitts and St Barts.
Golden Horizon, brings Ice Class certification, three swimming pools (including an 18-foot-deep diving pool) and a water-sports marina equipped with kayaks, wind-surfers, stand-up paddle boards and dinghies. Guests also find five bars, a library, and a stunning spa with a sauna, Moroccan hammam and ice room that snows. A state-of-the-art gym is handy for active guests who want to exercise at sea and save their land time for exploring, diving and swimming. Wellness programs complement the action with a variety of daily classes including yoga, meditation and breathwork sessions.
As for dining, while there are plenty of places for informal repast, formal dinners take place in an elegant two-story dining room.
Throughout the voyage, a menu of activities is available and will likely highlight wine tasting, cooking demonstrations, upper-deck games or movies under the stars. Naturally, a program of destination speakers will be onboard to provide area insights, and cover subjects ranging from maritime history to astronomy.
With 159 crew sailing with guests on the Golden Horizon, the crew to passenger ratio is more than half. All 140 cabins all have an ocean view. Four suites on the top deck each have two bathrooms, plus a fireplace and dedicated butler service. Thirty-two other cabins on the main deck open to outside spaces and balconies.
Buyouts for meetings, incentives and events are an option, especially with the convenience of a sailing ship at this right size. However, planners should note that the three levels of cabins are connected by staircases – there are no passenger elevators.
Sailings start at $2,399 per person based on two people for an Ocean View room, $4,549 pp for a Deluxe Balcony, and $9,599 pp for a Suite. Port charges and taxes are additional.
The ship program implements Safe Sailing protocols to ensure the wellbeing of guests and crew. These require proof of having completed full COVID vaccination protocols. A complimentary pre-boarding antigen test is also required before sign-off.
Find out more by connecting with a US representative at [email protected].