LUXURY NEW YEAR SAILING CRUISE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
Saint Martin > Jost van Dyke > Norman Island > Cooper Island > Virgin Gorda > Anagada > Tintamare > Saint Martin
EXPERIENCE THE BEST OF THIS CARIBBEAN ARCHIPELAGO
Every year in wintertime a number of luxury sailing cruises are organized on board the square rigged tall ship Clipper Stad Amsterdam. Whether you are an experienced sailor or not, we are more than pleased to invite you to join us on one of our luxury sailing holidays.
On December 29th the captain and his crew welcome you on board the Clipper Stad Amsterdam. After a delicious welcome dinner on board we will sail towards the British Virgin Islands the next morning. Depending on the wind and 'swell' conditions on the spot, sailing will be according to the following program:
After approximately 24 hours of great sailing we will drop anchor at Jost Van Dyke. The island of Jost Van Dyke roughly covers eight square kilometers and is the smallest of the British Virgin Islands. It is believed that the island owes her name to the Dutch pirate Joost van Dyk. In the afternoon you can enjoy swimming and snorkeling and the white sandy beach. In the evening we will visit Foxy's Bar. This world famous beach bar serves delicious homemade rum. The Clipper mooring near this world-famous beach bar will make the New Year's Eve party on board even more memorable.
NORMAN ISLAND & COOPER ISLAND
After a night with perhaps not much sleep because of New Year's Eve we sail to Norman Island early in the morning. The passage at Soper's Hole on the way will certainly be a highlight. The narrow passage always is a very exciting experience for a tallship such as Clipper Stad Amsterdam.
From Norman Island to Cooper Island will be about 8 hours of sailing. Norman Island is the most southern island of the British Virgin Islands. The island has no inhabitants and is privately owned. We like to take you to the superb snorkeling spots and you can also enjoy the beautiful beach. Perhaps you like to swim around the ship instead while admiring the very beautiful surroundings. An ideal place to relax on the first day of the new year after all the festive events of the night before.
To sail from Norman Island to Cooper Island will take about 8 hours. Learn all about tacking into the wind and other sailing techniques on the way. Cooper Island is one in a string of small islands and is largely privately owned. The beautiful white sandy beach, wonderful snorkeling possibilities and a cozy beach club will make your short stay on this island very enjoyable.
VIRGIN GORDA & ANAGADA
After a sailing trip of several hours we arrive at Spanish Town on Virgin Gorda where we anchor. First we enjoy a delicious dinner on board. In the evening you may want to visit the small town 'Spanish Town' with nice shops and various cozy restaurants.
The following morning we visit the natural phenomenon of the Baths on Virgin Gorda. This is a volcanic and 70 million years old area, consisting of a maze of mainly underwater caves. Crystal clear water, white sands and huge cliffs with various salty water basins in between to bathe in. Lunch will be served on the beautiful beach named 'Savannah beach'.
After lunch we continue our voyage. Our next destination will be the island of Anegada where we expect to arrive early in the evening. The name Anegada which means 'sunken land' comes from the fact that the island does not owe its existence to a volcanic eruption and is much more flat than the surrounding islands. The highest point is only 8.5 meters above the sea. Anegada has about 200 inhabitants, most of whom live in the largest city of the island: 'The Settlement'. Delicious fresh lobsters, beautiful reefs for snorkeling, bird watching at the salt ponds and a meeting with flamingos are some of the activities that can be done on this island.
TINTAMARE & SAINT MARTIN
Late in the afternoon it is time to leave the island of Anagada behind us. We have to prepare ourselves for the final sailing activity of this cruise. It will take about twenty hours to reach the uninhabited and very beautiful island of Tintamare. Here you can swim to your heart's content and spend time on this most beautiful beach. A delicious captain's and farewell dinner will be prepared for you in the evening.
The next morning after breakfast it will not take long to arrive at Phillipsburg where we have to say goodbye.
We hope you had a pleasant stay with us!
Gesproken talen aan boord: Dutch, English
Embarkation: Saturday December 29, 2018 at 17h00 in Philipsburg, Saint Martin*
Debarkation: Monday January 7, 2019 at 10.00 (am) in Philipsburg, Saint Martin*
* Due to heavy swell at certain wind directions the captain will decide last minute where the ship will be (either anchored or alongside). Other possibilities are Marigot (anchored) and Simpson Bay (anchored).
Price per person in a double cabin: € 3.050,-
(In case you are traveling alone, you will be staying in a single cabin for which a surcharge of 50% applies)
Are you interested in a cabin with a double bed? The surcharge is € 250,- (depending on availability).
The price includes:
- Full board * (breakfast with coffee/tea/juices/milk, lunch, dinner)
- Fresh fruit
- Harbor dues
Additional costs are:
- Flights and transfers to and from the ship
- Drinks on board
- Other personal expenses
*All beverages and extras after breakfast are not included. Lunch and dinner service can be either served or buffet style depending on wind and weather conditions. At sundowner time, complimentary finger foods will be offered supplementary.
Please note that due to unfavorable weather conditions (e.g. lack of wind or too much wind) the captain may decide to proceed under engine power and/or arrive at or depart from a harbour either sooner or later.
Mind that due to recent hurricanes infrastructure on some of the islands may have been affected.
There are many flight opportunities from major airports to Saint Martin.
A ticket for a direct flight from Amsterdam to Saint Martin (and return) amounts to about € 996,-. From Miami to Saint Martin (and return) a ticket amounts to about € 528,-.
For more information and tickets please visit: www.skyscanner.com
Year of Construction 2000
The Clipper is 76 meters long and has 31 sails with a total surface of 2200 square meters. The ship has an authentic squared rig, a sharp clipper bow and sails as a passenger ship under the Dutch flag. The Clipper has 14 luxury cabins, a spacious dining room (the longroom) for dinners and presentations and an outdoor bar. The Clipper Stad Amsterdam can be booked privately for luxury cruises and corporate events. In addition, you can stay on board for a luxurious cruise or an adventurous sailing trip.
The captain and his 30 crew members would like to welcome you
On the upper deck you can imagine yourself on a historic clipper from the nineteenth century. The beautiful bridge, the three enormous masts, the lines on deck, the beautifully maintained teak woodwork, the crew that lifts the sails the way it did in the nineteenth century: everything breathes the atmosphere of the rugged, nineteenth-century seafaring. At the same time, the passenger sailing ship Stad Amsterdam also has the luxury of the 21st century in store for you.
While the crew keeps the ship on course, our hospitality crew serves delicious drinks and snacks from the bar on deck, prepared by our chef in his galley.
The longroom has a spacious bar and a small library. There is room for 55 people during a served lunch or dinner. The warm woodwork, the many copper and the round staircase with ornate bars are reminiscent of the look of the legendary Cutty Sark. Of course, all modern audio-visual means, for presentations and the like, are available.
The 14 guest cabins are located on the inner deck and all have a porthole. Each cabin has a telephone (with satellite connection) and air conditioning. They are equipped as standard for two people, but can easily be adapted for a stay with three or four people.
All cabins are equipped with a private bathroom with sink, shower and toilet. The finish with lots of wood and copper work gives the cabins a classic look. All cabins are similar in layout and have an area of about 11 m².