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Rhonda, with Brad's help, were the Concierge Hosts for the Distinctive Voyages with Seabourn aboard the Legend's 7-Day Caribbean Hideaways back on March 1, 2015.

This is the Caribbean of days gone by – deep blue waters, quiet coves and tropical islands dotted with powdery beaches and lush green hillsides that are to small for most cruise ships. Sail from the natural beauty of St. Thomas to beautiful isles that are the envy of the Caribbean. From the shining white beaches of Antigua, to the pace of the past in the little town of Boug de Saintes Guadeloupe, to the small-gem perfection of St. Barts, you’ll discover a part of the Caribbean that remains authentic and unspoiled. This is everything that makes the Caribbean synonymous with paradise.

 

 The places we visited... 

 

DAY 1: CHARLOTTE AMALIE, ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS


Overview

Since the arrival of the first Europeans, led by Christopher Columbus in 1493, the Virgin Islands have had a varied and colorful history. The English, Dutch, Spanish, French and Danish have all had their influence on the development of the islands into a trading crossroads of the Atlantic. Charlotte Amalie is the hillside port town of St. Thomas and is famous for its shopping attractions. Many of the boutiques were once pirate strongholds or thick-walled arched-ceiling warehouses. Today, restored, they spill over with tempting imports. Non-shoppers will find beautiful beaches and water sport facilities to while away some sun filled hours.

 

St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

DAY 2: MARIGOT, ST. MARTIN


Overview

Tucked beside a lovely cove on the French side of this Dutch/French island, Marigot’s streets are lined with boutiques and shops displaying the filigree ironwork and striped awnings of a Riviera village. In the shops, imported Gallic goods tempt you to sample everything from cheeses and cornichons to the latest fashions. Across the island, Dutch Philipsburg is a famous duty-free bazaar, and offers activities including a sailing race aboard real 12-meter America’s Cup yachts.

 

Marigot, St. Martin

DAY 3: ST. JOHNS, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA


Overview

Antigua is blessed with an abundance of shining white beaches, and many of these have sprouted top-end resort hotels that engender golf courses and other amenities counted among the best in the Caribbean. A pleasant drive up through farms and tiny villages leads to the commanding fortress on Shirley Heights, from which you can survey the town and the harbor of Nelson’s Dockyard across the island. Once a carenage for British frigates, today it is an enclave of shops and restaurants.

 

DAY 4: TERRE-DE-HAUT, ILES DES SAINTES, GUADELOUPE


Overview

The Iles des Saintes, a tiny cluster of islets off the southern coast of Guadeloupe is what the doctor ordered, if he ordered an unspoiled Caribbean experience. No franchise duty free, no big hotels, no casinos. It is what much of the Caribbean used to be like. Stroll around the little town of Bourg de Saintes. Shop for real French cosmetics from the sidewalk vendors. Grab a seat and a beer and revel in the weather and the pace of the past.

 

Terre-de-haut, Guadeloupe

DAY 5: BASSETERRE, ST KITTS AND NEVIS


Overview

"The Beautiful Sisters," St. Kitts and Nevis are separated by a two-mile-wide strait but joined together as an independent island nation. Known and loved for their sleepy pace, these islands are awakening to become an "in" place among well traveled North Americans and Europeans. A small, green volcanic speck in the blue Caribbean, St. Kitts offers quiet beaches, remnants of the old British plantocracy, and dreamy days under silk-cotton trees, soothed by the scents of flamboyants and frangipani. The native Arawak and Carib Indians called St. Kitts the fertile isle, and until as recently as 2005, the island was still dependent upon sugar for a large segment of its economy. 

 

DAY 6: GUSTAVIA, SAINT BARTHELEMY


Overview

Tiny St. Barts, as it is commonly called, lies 125 miles northwest of the French island of Guadeloupe, of which it is a dependency. Its geographic features include steep, green, once-active volcano hills, deep valleys, and beautiful beaches. Founded by the French, ceded to Sweden then returned to France, the toy-scaled capital of Gustavia is built around the harbor on the island's southwest coast. Many of the island's inhabitants are descendants of settlers from Brittany, Normandy and Sweden. Today they operate small inns, cafes, restaurants and boutiques that are housed in old buildings of Swedish colonial and French Creole architecture. Too small for most cruise ships, Gustavia's harbor is a favorite layover for sailing yachts, and with prices well beyond the means of the masses, visits are mostly limited to a few hours of day-trippers from nearby St. Martin/St. Maarten. The majority of visitors staying on the island still come from among the privileged who treasure the laid-back atmosphere and small-gem perfection of St. Barts.

 

 Gustavia, St. Barts 

DAY 7: PRICKLY PEAR ISLAND, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS


Overview

The lovely little island of Prickly Pear gets its name for its habitat that favors this cactus species. The island is situated in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda, which is generally considered to be the island Columbus named Saint Ursula. How and when Virgin Gorda became the "Fat Virgin," no one is certain. All land over 1,000 feet high on Virgin Gorda has been designated National Park, thus preserving its natural beauty. It is also known for long, exquisite white sand beaches, including several on Prickly Pear itself, which boasts some of the BVIs' loveliest. In 1964 Laurence Rockefeller built the island's first resort hotel at Little Dix Bay, and since then Virgin Gorda has continued to grow in popularity with visitors. Weather permitting the ship makes a brief stop off Spanish Town to disembark those guests going on tour. It then repositions to anchor off Prickly Pear where the crew gets set up to treat you to a complimentary Prickly Pear beach party. A tender picks up all guests on tour at Leverick Bay to return them directly to Prickly Pear in time for this event.