Between Cuba and Martinique

11 days / 10 nights
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    Between Cuba and Martinique

    Cruise Latin America, Caribbean

    from 15 February 2019 to 25 February 2019
    11 days / 10 nights

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

    Ship : LE PONANT

    • Ref : P150219

    PONANT invites you on a brand new 12-day cruise to the heart of the West Indies. From Cuba to Martinique, you will sail the idyllic waters of the Caribbean Sea to discover stunning islands, as well as historical and architectural landmarks.

    You will board Le Ponant in Santiago de Cuba. This is the country’s second largest city and its historical district still bears traces of its past, with beautiful colonial houses.

    Your yacht will first make its way east to reach the southern coast of the Dominican Republic. There, you will be able to admire the gorgeous white-sand beaches for which the country is famous, such as Bahia de las Aguilas, and experience the charms of the capital, Santo Domingo, listed with UNESCO. 

    From Basseterre, on St. Kitts, don’t miss the chance to visit the Brimstone Hill national park and its fortress, which is a wonderful example of military engineering in the 17th and 18th centuries.

    When your ship calls at Antigua, you will have the opportunity to discover Nelson’s Dockyard and its port installations from the Georgian period.

    After a stop in Les Saintes, dream islands where it is wonderful to swim, Le Ponant will call at Saint Lucia, known for its famous volcanic Pitons, listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

    Possibility of disembarking in Bridgetown (Barbados) on 26 February 2019 to accommodate flight connections for some of our guests. Please contact your travel advisor for more information.

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    Highlights

    • A cruise to the heart of the Caribbean, combining culture and relaxation.
    • UNESCO sites: the colonial city of Santo Domingo, Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park in St. Kitts and Nevis, the dockyard in Antigua, the volcanic Pitons in Saint Lucia.
    • Discovering 7 islands on the same cruise: Cuba, Dominican Republic, St. Kitts, Antigua, Guadeloupe, Saint Lucia and Martinique.
    • Multiple opportunities to swim at idyllic beaches. 
    • The privilege of sailing aboard our luxurious three-mast yacht Le Ponant.

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      LE PONANT

      Mythical destinations and secret ports of call only accessible to small capacity yachts. Ponant’s signature are Frenchstyle cuisine in a welcoming and intimate environment, discreet yet attentive service where no attention to detail is spared, unforgettable moments of relaxation aboard elegant French flag yachts of character. A sophisticated yet friendly atmosphere, in which, emotions, discovery and the quest for authenticity all take priority. Experience cruising in a different way and discover the magic of « Yacht Cruising ».

      Given her size, shallow draft and a design that is very open to the sea (large sundeck, outdoor restaurant, easy access to the sea for swimming from her marina), Le Ponant, PONANT’s symbolic flagship gives passengers the feeling they are on a private yacht. The 32 staterooms all have a port hole and are tastefully decorated in a harmony of blues and whites. Two comfortable lounges and two restaurants complete the intimate spaces on this beautiful yacht.

       

       

      Port of call & excursions

      15 February 2019 – At sea aboard Le Ponant

      Santiago de Cuba

      Embarkation 15/02/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 15/02/2019 at 18H00 .

      Set at the head of a spacious bay that is surrounded by mountains, Santiago, Cuba’s second largest city, is one of the island’s oldest cities, founded in 1515. The city is known for its eclectic architectural styles that range from Colonial to Art Nouveau, as well as for its flourishing artistic and cultural scene.

      16 February 2019 – At sea aboard Le Ponant

      16 February 2019 – At sea aboard Le Ponant

      Arrival 16/02/2019. Departure 16/02/2019.

      During your day at sea on board Le Ponant, make the most of your free time and the comfort of your ship for a moment of rest or conviviality. If the weather is right, let yourself be tempted by a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to do some shopping in the boutique and share the highlights of your cruise with the other passengers. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining relaxation, sharing and the pleasure of sailing on a yacht.

      17 February 2019 – Bahia de las Aguilas

      17 February 2019 – Bahia de las Aguilas

      Arrival 17/02/2019 early morning. Departure 17/02/2019 early afternoon.

      South-west of the Dominican Republic, along the Pedernales Peninsula, renowned for its particularly rich biodiversity, discover Bahia de las Aguilas, literally meaning the Bay of Eagles. A true paradise on earth, the site offers a magnificent expanse of white sand and warm, crystal-clear waters: an almost desert-like setting that contrasts with the dense vegetation of the Sierra de Bahoruco. Considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic, it is also one of the most unspoiled. Integrated into the Jaragua National Park and the Jaragua-Bahoruco-Enriquillo Biosphere Reserve, it is notably renowned for the sea turtles that lay their eggs here.

      18 February 2019 – Santo Domingo

      18 February 2019 – Santo Domingo

      Arrival 18/02/2019 early morning. Departure 18/02/2019 late evening.

      Capital of the Dominican Republic, located on the south coast of Hispaniola, Santo Domingo is also the oldest town in the Caribbean and the New World. Officially founded at the end of the 15th Century by the older brother of Christopher Columbus, and named after Saint Dominic, founder of the Dominican order, the city boasts an immense historical heritage. At the heart of the colonial district, a UNESCO World Heritage site, you can admire the oldest Spanish constructions in the Americas.

      19 February 2019 – Catalina Island

      19 February 2019 – Catalina Island

      Arrival 19/02/2019 early morning. Departure 19/02/2019 midday.

      The place known by the locals as Catalina owes its name to Christopher Columbus who visited this land in 1494 and called it Santa Catalina. Lying to the south-east of the Dominican Republic, the island is renowned for its sandy beaches with their coconut palms, its crystal-clear waters and stunning underwater world: a setting that invites relaxation, bathing and also exploration. Fans of snorkelling can also admire the many tropical fish and sublime coral reefs.

      20 February 2019 – At sea aboard Le Ponant

      20 February 2019 – At sea aboard Le Ponant

      Arrival 20/02/2019. Departure 20/02/2019.

      During your day at sea on board Le Ponant, make the most of your free time and the comfort of your ship for a moment of rest or conviviality. If the weather is right, let yourself be tempted by a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to do some shopping in the boutique and share the highlights of your cruise with the other passengers. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining relaxation, sharing and the pleasure of sailing on a yacht.

      21 February 2019 – Basseterre, Saint Kitts

      21 February 2019 – Basseterre, Saint Kitts

      Arrival 21/02/2019 early morning. Departure 21/02/2019 late afternoon.

      On land as in water, thereメs plenty to do in St Kitts and Nevis, an island duo in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. British colonial architecture in Basseterre on St Kitts contrasts starkly with the surrounding tropical countryside, which offers hiking adventures and leisurely walks in the national park. However, most visitors come to the islands for the golf, beaches and watersports.

      22 February 2019 – Nelson's Dockyard, Antigua

      22 February 2019 – Nelson's Dockyard, Antigua

      Arrival 22/02/2019 early morning. Departure 22/02/2019 late afternoon.

      Nelsonメs Dockyard is a historic shipyard in English Harbour, on Antiguaメs south coast. The beautifully restored 18th- and 19th-century buildings now house modern shops, hotels and marina businesses and beyond the Dockyard is a national park, dotted with old forts. The Naval Officerメs House houses the Dockyard Museum, which is dedicated to the harbourメs past and features a life-sized portrait of Admiral Nelson. Hillside paths in the park lead to some impressive viewpoints in Shirley Heights overlooking the bay.

      23 February 2019 – Les Saintes

      23 February 2019 – Les Saintes

      Arrival 23/02/2019 early morning. Departure 23/02/2019 late afternoon.

      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. On Terre-de-Bas, you'll be charmed by the authenticity of the village of Petites-Anses. Off the coast of the "Saints" archipelago, traditional fishing vessels sail the blue seas of the Caribbean. Don't turn down a coconut "tourment d'amour", a sweet treat you'll be offered when you disembark.

      24 February 2019 – Marigot Bay

      24 February 2019 – Marigot Bay

      Arrival 24/02/2019 early morning. Departure 24/02/2019 midday.

      On the west coast of the island of St Lucia, Marigot Bay has been described as "the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean". The picturesque marina, steep rainforested hills and deep blue waters have provided the backdrop for movies and the palm-studded beach is a Caribbean dream. Swimming, snorkelling and deep-sea diving are superb here.

      24 February 2019 – Soufrière

      24 February 2019 – Soufrière

      Arrival 24/02/2019 midday. Departure 24/02/2019 late afternoon.

      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, and you will fall in love with its authentic Creole charm and warm friendly atmosphere. As well as diving and swimming off exquisite beaches, don't miss Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens for the mineral baths, one of the natural wonders of the Caribbean.

      25 February 2019▸24 February 2019 – Fort-de-France

      Fort-de-France

      Disembarkation 25/02/2019 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.

      • Cuba: A Cuba Tourist card is mandatory for this cruise, it will be sent with your cruise documents and charged onboard (55€ subject to change).

        Proof of medical insurance is required. Different formalities apply for passengers who were born in Cuba, even if they are of different citizenship now.

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. After your cruise

        25/02/2019 – Flavours of Martinique

        180.00 $ **

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