Silversea’s small luxury ships are able to visit ports that other lines can’t include on their itineraries. In the Caribbean, that means opportunities to explore islands that are wonderfully off of the beaten tourist path.
Imagine your tropical escape to the Caribbean, and what may come to mind are palm-fringed beaches where your only company is colorful birds and the loudest sound is the surf lapping on white sands. It can be a bit of a disappointment, then, if you arrive instead to a row of megaresorts and that turquoise bay of your fantasy is buzzing with jet skis. One cruise line, however, is able to take you to the islands of your dreams. Silversea sails to some 900 ports on all seven continents. Their passion for exploring the world’s most remote ports extends to the Caribbean where you’ll call at islands that few, if any, other cruise lines visit. Here’s a look at some of Silversea’s intriguing ports of call on their Caribbean & Central America cruises.
The French Caribbean
St. Martin and St. Bart’s are familiar to many travelers to the region, but there’s more to the French Caribbean than those two islands. The Iles des Saintes or as the name is commonly shortened to, Les Saintes, sits off the south coast of Guadeloupe and is one of the Caribbean’s most unspoiled destinations. Life here moves at a decidedly relaxed pace. Only two of the archipelago’s eight islands are inhabited, and on Terre-de-Haut, home to fewer than 2,000 residents, life revolves around the small harbor lined with restaurants serving fresh fish and French dishes paired with chilled glasses of rosé.
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Basse Terre, the western island of the two that form Guadeloupe, is a destination for travelers looking to explore the Caribbean’s wilder side. With the Grande Soufrière volcano at its heart, rising to a height of just over 4,800 feet, this is a lush and tropical island—two-thirds of its rainforest is protected as part of the Guadeloupe National Park.
Finally, Silversea also calls at Les Anses-d’Arlet, on Martinique, famously the birthplace and childhood home of Napoleon Bonaparte’s wife, Josephine. From here it’s easy to explore both the beaches and seaside restaurants of Les Trois-Îlets, one of the most beautiful parts of the island, or cross the bay and wander the historic streets of Fort-de-France, a unique French colonial outpost under blue Caribbean skies.
Explore all of Silversea’s Caribbean and Central American itineraries at cruiseafar.com/caribbean
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