Sailing the Windward Islands | March 5 – 12, 2019

Windward Islands

Sail beneath 16,000 square feet of billowing white sails aboard the specially chartered Le Ponant and travel through this a remote archipelago of dynamic volcanic peaks, lush gardens and white-sand beaches in the southern Caribbean, calling at historic towns and picturesque islands favored by sailors for hundreds of years.   

This custom-designed itinerary spans the boundlessly lush natural landscapes of the Windward Islands from Grenada to Martinique to Barbados. Visit St. Vincent, which boasts the oldest botanic garden in the Western Hemisphere, and travel amid waving coconut palms alongside the Caribbean Sea on the most captivating isle of the Grenadines, Bequia. Be on deck as you approach St. Lucia for a stunning panorama of the Gros and Petit Pitons, twin mountain peaks and a UNESCO World Heritage site, and see the island’s geothermal activity in volcanic Sulphur Springs. Snorkel amid the intricate reefs blooming with marine life in the lagoons of Tobago Cays Marine Park, Mayreau and Union Island; and delve into the history of Grenada, where the scent of spices permeates the air. Learn about the enduring West African, Creole, Arawak, and Carib heritages and their colonial influences, unique to each island and historic city.

The deluxe motor yacht Le Ponant, featuring only 32 ocean-view Staterooms, is able to call in smaller ports and secluded bays that are inaccessible to larger ships—making this an ideal way to see the Caribbean. The idyllic tropical breezes this time of year compel the seasoned crew to unfurl three‑masted sails amid the turquoise waters and balmy temperatures. Enjoy a refined yet casual lifestyle on board and revel in the sublime charm of island life. Shared with cosponsoring associations, we expect this trip to full quickly. Please contact us at 866-325-8664 or travelstudy@columbia.edu for more details and to reserve your place today.