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Exotic Caribbean In-Depth on Seabourn Ovation

16-day luxury ocean cruise from £6,195 pp incl. flights

Two-category suite upgrade and US $500 shipboard credit


Short description

Combine Caribbean highlights with lesser-known gems in ultra-luxury


  • Enjoy the winter sun on lesser-visited beaches
  • Discover hidden ports and exclusive yacht harbours
  • Explore the islands’ rich, colonial heritage
  • Indulge with all-inclusive drinks and fine dining
  • Enjoy barbecue afternoons of included water sports from the ship’s marina

In Brief

  • 1 Night Barbados
  • 1 Night Bequia
  • 1 Night Martinique
  • 1 Night Guadaloupe
  • 1 Night Nevis
  • 1 Night Antigua
  • 1 Night St. Kitts
  • 1 Night Sint Maarten
  • 1 Night British Virgin Islands
  • 1 Night St. Barts
  • 1 Night St. Kitts
  • 1 Night Iles Des Saintes
  • 1 Night St. Lucia
  • 1 Night Mayreau


Recommended for:
History & culture | Ocean cruise

If you thought the Caribbean was all pristine sands and winter sun, then think again. Sailing on a boutique Seabourn ship, this itinerary follows the yacht set to islands that others simply can’t reach, showcasing everything from volcanic peaks and parrot-animated rainforests to remote snorkelling spots and the islands’ colonial heritage, contrasted by colourful Caribbean intrigue. Don’t worry, the captain also knows the best places to anchor and deploy your ship’s marina, treating you to afternoons of water sports, beach lobster barbecues and caviar served in the waist-deep surf. That’s alongside the all-inclusive spread of drinks and fine dining back on board.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK/Bridgetown, Barbados

After enjoying your complimentary airport lounge access, fly out to Barbados, where you’ll be met by a driver and brought aboard your luxury ship. Each of its all-suite cabins enjoy ocean views and complimentary minibars stocked to your preferences – the first of many all-inclusive delights. Indeed, open cocktail bars are paired with full-board fine dining, from the Thomas Keller grill and al-fresco pizzeria to afternoon tea and French-American fineries. You’ll also have time to acquaint yourself with the facilities, which include a fitness centre, card room and salon. Of course, Barbados also excites. Look beyond its pristine beaches for 17th-century English churches and brightly coloured homes, evidencing the island’s contrasting British and Caribbean influences.

Stay: Seabourn Ovation (Deluxe)

Meals: D

Day 2
Port Elizabeth, Bequia

Billed as “the most perfect island in the whole Grenadines” by The Lonely Planet, Bequia is a paradise of white sands and blue seas. However, it’s also retained all of its charm. A stroll along Belmont Walkway will see you mingle with laidback locals under the almond trees, perhaps picking up a homemade nutmeg ice cream in the shop run by the daughter of a former prime minister. Don’t also miss the excellent craftsmanship on display at the Sargeant Brothers Model Boat Shop.

Stay: Seabourn Ovation (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 3
Trois Ilets, Martinique

Volcanic Martinique is capped by the still-smoking Mont Pelée, its dramatic slopes spilling down into hiking rainforests and pretty beach bays. You’ll land near the colonial plantation and childhood home of Josephine Beauharnais, the Martinique-born woman who became the second wife and empress to Napoleon Bonaparte. Its stately home and manicured grounds are a harrowing illustration of the island’s past dichotomy between slaves and masters. Then, in nearby Fort-de-France, you’ll find a bustling market town complete with colonial vestiges and a library imported stone-by-stone from France. Alternatively, there’s the graceful cathedral and lush botanical gardens of Balata.

Stay: Seabourn Ovation (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 4
Basse-Terre, Guadaloupe

Although translating as “low land”, Basse-Terre is dominated by soaring active volcanoes, covered in thick rainforest. That’s alongside some fine beaches and world-class dive sites. The island’s first town is also home to a 17th-century fort, along with a grand cathedral and a 19th-century town hall. There’s also plenty of fishing villages to discover as well as a series of impressive waterfalls hidden away in the island’s interior.

Stay: Seabourn Ovation (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Charlestown, Nevis

White sands, a mountainous centre and hummingbird-troubled forests – at first glance Nevis seems like just another Caribbean jewel. However, maybe it’s the uncrowded beaches or the unhurried pace of life, but there’s something particularly welcoming about this island delight. Case in point, the botanic gardens make for a wonderful afternoon’s stroll. Then, history buffs will be excited by the legacy of Founding-Father Alexander Hamilton and one Horatio Nelson. Nevis was even the place of exile for a group of Sephardic Jews, who brought with them the secret to crystalizing sugar, which transformed the economy of the Caribbean.

Stay: Seabourn Ovation (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 6
St. Johns, Antigua

Although Antigua might be best known for its beach and golf resorts, be sure to also head inland, past farms and tiny villages to the commanding fortress on Shirly Heights. Once a lookout for British frigates, today it’s an enclave of boutiques and restaurants. Back in St. John’s, Antigua’s capital, be sure visit its market and handful of colonial buildings.

Stay: Seabourn Ovation (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 7
Carambola Beach, St. Kitts

Carambola is home to St. Kitts’s most luxurious beach clubs, making it ideal for some white-sands relaxation and water-sports fun. The island also features a number of lovingly looked-after plantation houses and the UNESCO-listed Brimstone Hill Fortress – one of the best-preserved historical fortifications in the Americas. It’s a 17th-century gem. There’s also a scenic narrow-gauge sugarcane railway, offering fantastic views of the island.

Stay: Seabourn Ovation (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Philipsburg, Sint Maarten

Since 2010, Sint Maarten has been a part of the Netherlands, forming the “Dutch Side” to French Saint-Martin. Although its busy port has made it a haven for duty-free shopping, look closer and you’ll also find a small collection of picturesque beaches, especially around Simpson Bay and Little Bay. There are also catamaran cruises out to remote snorkelling and dive sites, alongside the infamous Maho Beach where jet planes buzz low overhead.

Stay: Seabourn Ovation (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 9
Frenchmans Cay, British Virgin Islands

This snug harbour at the western end of Tortola is the classic Caribbean yacht haven, tucked between a forested cay and high cliffs. This was once a notorious pirates’ den, who used the high ground to watch out for naval ships. It’s the perfect spot for your ship’s marina. There are also now plenty of restaurants and bars serving up the island’s famous wood-distilled rum and its requisite cocktails.

Stay: Seabourn Ovation (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 10
Gustavia, St. Barthelemy

Tiny St. Barts, as it’s affectionately termed, is dominated by once-active volcano hills, today carpeted green and falling down into deep valleys and beautiful beaches. Having been settled by both Swedes and the French, the island is home to a unique blend of small inns, cafés and boutiques, housed in old buildings of Swedish-colonial and French-Creole architecture. Too small for most cruise ships, it’s all delightfully uncrowded and exclusive.

Stay: Seabourn Ovation (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 11
Basseterre, St. Kitts

St. Kitt’s is a favourite among the jet set, with its quiet beaches, remnants of the old British plantocracy and lazy afternoons spent under the silk-cotton trees, soothed by the scents of frangipani. Its bustling capital is ideal for duty-free shopping and cold beers on pavement bars, with its maze of narrow streets home to Victorian architectural gems. UNESCO-listed Brimstone Hill Fortress is a further highlight. It’s a mighty example of 17th- and 18th-century British military architecture at odds with its Caribbean setting.

Stay: Seabourn Ovation (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 12
Terre-De-Haut, Iles Des Saintes

This tiny cluster of islets off the southern coast of Guadeloupe is an unspoiled Caribbean experience. There are no resorts or casinos here. Instead, it’s what the Caribbean used to be like, with quiet beaches and mountainous walks paired with first-class diving and a fantastic collection of restaurants. Or, you might just want to grab a seat and a beer to revel in the weather.

Stay: Seabourn Ovation (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 13
Rodney Bay, St. Lucia

St. Lucia is the sort of island that travellers to the Caribbean dream about – a small, lush, tropical gem that is still relatively unknown. It’s dominated by a dramatic pair of coastal peaks, the Pitons, which shelter a magnificent rainforest that’s home to wild orchids and birds of paradise. The indigenous St. Lucia parrot is a particular favourite. There’s also a collection of old plantations to discover.

Stay: Seabourn Ovation (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 14
Saline Bay, Mayreau

At just 1.5 square miles, Mayreau is the smallest inhabited island in the Grenadines. You’ll land on its west coast, given over to a delightfully broad beach – ideal for the ship’s marina. Then, moving past the craft vendors, a climb up the road to the hilltop village offers gorgeous views over the surrounding islands. With just 400 residents served by a dozen bars, you’ll also quickly find yourself mingling with the locals. Mayreau is famed for its fun-loving ways, with its weekly beer order reputed to be more than twice the size of Union Island, its far bigger neighbour.

Stay: Seabourn Ovation (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Days 15-16
Depart for UK

You’ll end back in Bridgetown, Barbados, perhaps enjoying a final look at its British-style parliament buildings and vibrant beach life. An included transfer will also see you to a hotel for use of a day room before a final transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home. 

Meals: B



Any element of this cruise can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.


16-day luxury ocean cruise
from £6,195 pp incl. flights


Two-category suite upgrade and US $500 shipboard credit
Book by: 30 June 2023

Special offer:

  • Enjoy up to a 2-category suite upgrade and US $500 shipboard credit per suite on 3rd March 2024 sailing


  • Return scheduled from the UK to Barbados in economy class (upgrades available)
  • 1 Night Pre Cruise Hotel stay in Barbados
  • Shared overseas transfers
  • 14-night cruise aboard Seabourn Ovation
  • Multiple restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, select wines and spirits
  • 24-hour dining service
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Onboard gratuities
  • Use of a post-cruise day room in Barbados

Price varies by departure date and suite availability - please call for details.

Terms & Conditions: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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