New Year in the Caribbean

8 days / 7 nights
    Diving
    New Year in the Caribbean

    Cruise Caribbean

    from 28 December 2018 to 4 January 2019
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Fort-de-France
    Arrival Port : Fort-de-France

    Ship : LE CHAMPLAIN

    • Ref : C281218

    PONANT invites you to experience a magical New Year with an exceptional itinerary to the southern West Indies.  

    From Fort-de-France, the capital of Martinique, you will set sail aboard Le Champlain for an 8-day cruise to discover the most beautiful islands in the Grenadines.  

    After having discovered Bequia, the “whale-hunting island,” and its wild and unspoiled coastline, Le Champlain will sail towards the island of Grenada and its elegant capital, St Georges. This is a particularly picturesque town nestled in a very pretty bay.

    During your cruise, Le Champlain will lower her anchor in the Tobago Cays National Park. This rosary of islands bound together by the most beautiful coral reef in the West Indies, will reveal its incredible underwater wildlife and its secret coves.

    You will then island hop gently towards Saint Lucia and her two majestic rocky peaks soaring straight from the sea, a unique location listed as UNESCO World Heritage site.

    An experienced diving monitor is on board during the cruise. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the underwater world, whether scuba diving or snorkelling.

    Highlights

    • Spending New Year's Eve in the Caribbean;
    • Discovering Saint Lucia and its two rocky peaks, listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites;
    • Lazing around on the long white-sand beaches;
    • Discovering the Grenadine Islands, considered one of the world’s most stunning archipelagos;
    • Exceptional sea bed with possibility to observe turtles, barracudas, spiny lobsters and parrot fishes;
    • Possibility of diving and/or snorkeling with an experienced instructor on board.

    • program-5937132
    • program-5937133
    • program-5937134
    • program-5937130

    Staterooms & Suites

      Back

      There are no staterooms available for booking. Please contact our cruise advisors.

      LE CHAMPLAIN

      • LE CHAMPLAIN
      • LE CHAMPLAIN
      • LE CHAMPLAIN
      • LE CHAMPLAIN
      • LE CHAMPLAIN
      • LE CHAMPLAIN
      • LE CHAMPLAIN
      • LE CHAMPLAIN
      • LE CHAMPLAIN
      • LE CHAMPLAIN
      • LE CHAMPLAIN
      • LE CHAMPLAIN
      • LE CHAMPLAIN
      • LE CHAMPLAIN

      LE CHAMPLAIN

      Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

      As the second ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Champlain will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

      Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.

      Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

      Port of call & excursions

      28 December 2018 – Bequia Island

      Fort-de-France

      Embarkation 28/12/2018 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 28/12/2018 at 22H30 .

      Located on the western coast of Martinique, Fort-de-France will amaze you by the splendour of its bay, a magnificent cut-out in the coastline, considered as one of the most beautiful in the world. At the harbour mouth, on its strip of land, fort Saint-Louis overlooks the capital city of Martinique. If you climb up to it, you can see some breath-taking views. Saint Louis Cathedral and the Schoelcher library bear witness to a secular history, intimately linked to the island’s story. Why not try some fresh coconut at the colourful Grand Marché. Two really pleasant places you can take a breather in, right in the heart of the city, are the garden of Balata and the Aimé Césaire park.

      29 December 2018 – Bequia Island

      29 December 2018 – Bequia Island

      Arrival 29/12/2018 early morning. Departure 29/12/2018 evening.

      In the heart of the Caribbean, Bequia is the second-largest of 32 islands that make up the country of St Vincent and the Grenadines. This secluded island, strongly attached to its tradition of whale hunting, is popular with visiting yachties and divers. Port Elizabeth, the islandメs main town, has a lively atmosphere and further afield tropical rainforest and white-sand beaches provide a natural setting for peaceful walks.

      30 December 2018 – Saint George's, Grenada

      30 December 2018 – Saint George's, Grenada

      Arrival 30/12/2018 early morning. Departure 30/12/2018 evening.

      Delicately set in the curve of a bay on the west coast of Grenada, Saint George’s lively commercial fishing harbour is especially colourful when the boats are being loaded with fruit and vegetables destined for neighbouring islands and when all the little fishing boats return from their day out at sea. This “spice island” capital is an excellent base for visiting the surrounding natural sites : its picturesque coast or the artisanal producers of chocolate and nutmeg, Grenada’s gold. Five kilometres (3 miles) to the south, you will be able to visit Grande Anse and Morne Rouge, two long sandy beaches.

      31 December 2018 – Sandy Island, Grenada

      31 December 2018 – Sandy Island, Grenada

      Arrival 31/12/2018 early morning. Departure 31/12/2018 midday.

      Off the north-eastern shores of Grenada, discover Sandy Island. Famous for its beaches of fine white sand, its crystal-clear lagoon and its barrier reef, this wild islet dotted with coconut trees provides an ideal natural setting for swimming and snorkelling. The abundant and colourful marine life promises memorable and thrilling encounters. Listed as a marine protected area, the site is also a hunting ground for numerous pelicans. Enjoy a fascinating show as they circle above the water before diving suddenly to catch their prey.

      31 December 2018 – Union Island

      31 December 2018 – Union Island

      Arrival 31/12/2018 early afternoon. Departure 31/12/2018 late evening.

      Deserted bays, long stretches of golden sand, turquoise waters and endless coral reefs – Union Island is without a doubt one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean. Overlooked by soaring peaks, this strange little strip of land owes its nickname of “the Tahiti of the West Indies” to its volcanic silhouette and its large swathes of greenery. When you call here, you will discover what the locals consider to be “the best-kept secret in the Grenadines” -Chatham Bay. Surrounded by hills and valleys carpeted in tropical rainforest, sheltering many sea turtles, this delightful half-moon of sand is, each day, the setting for the tireless ballet of the numerous pelicans who inhabit the island.

      1 January 2019 – Tobago Cays

      1 January 2019 – Tobago Cays

      Arrival 01/01/2019 early morning. Departure 01/01/2019 late afternoon.

      Scattered between St Vincent and Grenada, the Tobago Cays comprises five little islands: Petit Rameau, Petit Bateau, Baradal, Petit Tabac and Jamesby. This rosary of uninhabited cays in the southern West Indies is a marine park whose turquoise lagoons provide a home and safe haven for some outstanding marine fauna, including peaceful green turtles. Girded and united by a coral reef, these secluded islands are a peaceful paradise for divers, swimmers and snorkellers.

      2 January 2019 – Soufrière

      2 January 2019 – Soufrière

      Arrival 02/01/2019 early morning. Departure 02/01/2019 midday.

      Nestled in the crook of a breath-taking bay, the former capital of St Lucia is brimming with attractions. Soufrière is famous for The Pitons, volcanic spires that tower over the entrance to the town. In the vicinity of the lush botanical gardens, you will be able to enjoy the curative powers of the Diamond Falls mineral baths. From the beach at the north end of the bay, you can set off to explore the reefs that are home to stunning gardens of sea fans at the foot of the cliffs that plunge into the sea.

      2 January 2019 – Pigeon Island Beach

      2 January 2019 – Pigeon Island Beach

      Arrival 02/01/2019 early afternoon. Departure 02/01/2019 early evening.

      Linked to St Lucia by a sand causeway, Pigeon Island has been a designated National Park since 1979. On this wild and pristine land, you will be inspired to take pleasant walks amid the tropical vegetation and through a magnificent tree-filled garden. You will also be irresistibly drawn to the two pretty little sandy beaches nestling on the southern side and bathed by crystal-clear waters. While snorkelling, be sure to explore the underwater world that is teeming with life, along the rocks lining this peninsula’s coast. You will thoroughly enjoy the calm and beauty of this place, which is really conducive to simply relaxing.

      3 January 2019 – Les Saintes

      3 January 2019 – Les Saintes

      Arrival 03/01/2019 early morning. Departure 03/01/2019 evening.

      During the feast of All Saints in 1493, Christopher Columbus discovered this archipelago of nine islands that he named "The Saints". Today, only two of them are inhabited. Terre de Haut, in the east, is dominated by the Morne Mire hill; at the summit stands Fort Napoleon, paying homage to the islands' history. In the heart of the botanical garden, shared by iguanas and cacti, there is an exceptional view of the Baie des Saintes, one of the most beautiful in the world. The long shady beach of Pompierre, where it is forbidden to drop anchor, is a peaceful place for a swim, while Pain de Sucre Beach offers wonderful opportunities for snorkelling. On the island, don’t forget to taste the local speciality, the “tourment d’amour”, a cake made with coconut.

      4 January 2019▸3 January 2019 – Fort-de-France

      Fort-de-France

      Disembarkation 04/01/2019 at 07H00 .

      Located on the western coast of Martinique, Fort-de-France will amaze you by the splendour of its bay, a magnificent cut-out in the coastline, considered as one of the most beautiful in the world. At the harbour mouth, on its strip of land, fort Saint-Louis overlooks the capital city of Martinique. If you climb up to it, you can see some breath-taking views. Saint Louis Cathedral and the Schoelcher library bear witness to a secular history, intimately linked to the island’s story. Why not try some fresh coconut at the colourful Grand Marché. Two really pleasant places you can take a breather in, right in the heart of the city, are the garden of Balata and the Aimé Césaire park.

      Formalities

      • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

      • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

      • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

      • In order to participate in diving sessions, guests must have with them a medical certificate less than 1 year old and their up to date dive book.

      Scuba diving

      Scuba diving

      Fauna and flora of the Caribbean Sea

      The fauna of the Caribbean Sea is very varied. During the different dives, divers can observe various species of benthic fauna such as French angel fish, queen angel fish, spotted drums, puffer fish, parrots fish, and pelagic fauna such as spotted eagle ray, barracudas, horse eyes jackfish, as well as fixed wildlife such as gorgonians and barrel sponges.

      Supervision of the dives

      Your dives will be led by your PONANT instructor. He will take care of your safety and that all goes smoothly. On some diving sites, as in natural reserves or if the local regulations require it, a local guide will escort the diving.

      Level required for scuba diving on this cruise

      The minimum level required for scuba diving on this cruise is 1star CMAS or the PADI Open Water Diver (or equivalent). The certification card, the diving log book and a recent medical certificate (less than 12 months) must be presented at the beginning of the cruise to our main diving instructor.

      Process of the dives (certified divers)

      The instructor can dive with 4 certified divers at a time. The instructor reserves the right to check divers’ ability for maximum safety. As we will dive in remote places, the dives will be done without decompression stop. A safety stop of 3 minutes at 5 metres will be mandatory. The depth that can be reached will depend on the certification of the divers:

      • For those with PADI Open Water Diver certificate (or equivalent), the maximum depth can be up to 20 metres.
      • If two PADI Advanced Open Water Divers (or equivalent) wish to dive together independently, they must have a briefing first. They must have dive computers and are allowed to go to a maximum depth of 20 metres.

      Process of the initiation dives (novice divers)

      Before your initiation dive, your instructor will show you the equipment and will explain to you how to communicate underwater using hand gestures and how to breathe through a regulator. Once in the water, equipped with your material, you will learn how to breathe through your regulator on the surface for a couple of minutes. When your instructor feels you are ready, he will immerse you in water for about 20 minutes to a depth of 6 metres maximum.

      Duration of the dives

      The diving activity lasts from 2 to 3 hours, which includes the journey to the diving site and the diving. This duration may vary according to the site, the level of divers, weather conditions and the number of participants. For experienced divers, the duration of dives varies between 35 and 60 minutes depending on the site, the diver’s experience and consumption.

      Supplied equipment

      • Diving wetsuit
      • Stabilising jacket
      • Fins, mask and snorkel
      • Regulator with octopus and pressure gauge
      • Diving computer (for divers mastering their use)

      Scuba diving activities on this cruise

      PORTS OF CALL

      DIVES

      (for certified divers)

      DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING

      (for beginners)

      St-Vincent-and-Grenadines- Bequia

      YES

      YES

      Grenada - St Georges

      YES

      NO

      St-Vincent-and-Grenadines - Carriacou/Sandy Island

      YES

      YES

      St-Vincent-and-Grenadines - Clifton

      YES

      YES

      St-Vincent-and-Grenadines - Tobago Cays

      NO

      NO

      Saint Lucia - Soufriere

      YES

      NO

      Saint Lucia - Pigeon Point

      NO

      NO

      Guadeloupe - Les Saintes

      YES

      YES

      These sites are indicative. The proposed diving excursions may be changed depending on weather and safety conditions and the number of divers.

      Rates :

      Price per person

      • First dive:
        • Introductory dive (1 dive): €80
        • Ponant Discovery Pack (2 dives): €150
      • Certified dive:
        • Exploration (1 dive): €80
        • Excellence Package (3 dives): €225
        • Passion Package (6 dives): €420
        • Master Package (10 dives): €650

       

       

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. After your cruise

        04/01/2019 – Flavours of Martinique

        180.00 $ **

        More information

      2. Before your cruise

        28/12/2018 – Transfer to the port of Fort-de-France

        35.00 $ **

        More information

      Attention: the prices listed at the time of your reservation can be different from those listed in the brochure. These prices can evolve based on availability and the real time rates of the airline companies selected.
      Travellers are advised to check all the information with the authorities concerned prior to the departure date. Ponant advises Travellers to consult the country factsheets relating to the chosen destinations. Ponant specifically draws Travellers' attention to the fact that the information provided may change up until the departure date, and they are advised to consult that information up until the time of departure. CDP invites Travellers to adjust their behavior to the visited country, to exercise vigilance and to avoid carrying valuable objects during their travel.
      Need information ?