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St. Maarten and the French West Indies

Island to Island aboard the Tere Moana

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $2845  
Length: 8 days
Arrive: Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Depart: Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Lodging: 7 nights aboard a deluxe 90-passenger vessel
Meals: All meals included aboard ship and with the group ashore
Activity: Small Ship Cruising, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level: 8-day cruise, cultural explorations and walking tours, snorkeling
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As we voyage from one Caribbean island to the next, we enjoy a relaxed yet luxurious ambiance—as well as the balmy trade winds and warm sands that have enticed travelers for centuries. Highlights include Tortola, with its glittering white-sand beaches, the “Barefoot Island” of Jost van Dyke, and exceptional snorkeling at Iles des Saintes.

Itinerary

Day 1
Philipsburg, St. Maarten / Embark the Tere Moana

The smallest island in the world to have been partitioned between two nations (France and the Netherlands), St. Martin/St. Maarten has prospered in peaceful coexistence for nearly 350 years. We embark the m/v Tere Moana on the Dutch side of the island, St. Maarten, then perhaps enjoy the fine beaches, multicultural restaurants, and duty-free shopping of Philipsburg, St. Maarten's lively pastel-hued capital. The ship sets sail late in the evening.

Day 2
Tortola, British Virgin Islands

The largest and by far the most populous of the British Virgin Islands, Tortola attracts visitors for its white-sand beaches framed by lush mountains and an azure sea. The ruins of an ancient fort and a restored sugar plantation are among the island’s main attractions. Or, we can simply enjoy the laidback ambiance of the capital city, Road Town, and take advantage of the excellent diving and snorkeling here.

Day 3
Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

A mix of African, Indian, and Spanish cultures distinguishes Virgin Gorda, whose jagged landscape rises sharply from a turquoise sea. Among the nature trails and nature reserves that showcase the island’s spectacular beauty are the ruins of an abandoned 19th century copper mine on Handsome Bay, now a national park. Or, we can visit The Baths, where giant boulders strewn about by nature have created a patchwork of pools, beaches, and trails. We enjoy a festive picnic today on the island’s Prickly Pear Beach.

Day 4
Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

Sometimes called the “Barefoot Island,” Jost Van Dyke offers picture-postcard scenery and a relaxing, casual ambiance. We have a full day to wander the beach that serves as its main street or relax on the island’s coral sands, considered among the loveliest beaches in the Caribbean. Ships wrecked on the coral reefs in days of old provide fascinating diving and snorkeling today. Back aboard this evening, we may admire one of the spectacular sunsets for which Jost Van Dyke is renowned.

Day 5
Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis

One of the most beautiful Caribbean islands, St. Kitts is an unspoiled paradise where development is limited, and it's world famous for its stewardship of the local ecosystems of lava formations, tropical forests, and lagoons. Located on St. Kitts is the capital of the federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, Basseterre. During our full day here, we can explore Basseterre’s two city centers—the Circus, a shopping destination modeled after London’s Piccadilly Circus, and Independence Square, home to the cathedral and other local landmarks. If you prefer to stay close to the sea, shipwrecked vessels and virgin reefs here offer excellent snorkeling and diving. Or, venture afield to Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park,one of the best-preserved fortifications in the Americas and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 6
Iles des Saintes, French West Indies

Located just six miles south of Guadeloupe, this small archipelago of eight gorgeous tropical islands is a world apart with its serene, relaxing ambiance. In Terre-de-Haut, one of just two inhabited islands in the chain, enjoy exceptional snorkeling in the magnificent bay, or take in the view from above at Fort Napoleon. Watch fishermen at work wearing unusual hats found nowhere else, or explore the village, with its interesting shops and art galleries.

Day 7
St. Barts, French West Indies

Chic shops are a hallmark of this “Manhattan-sur-Mer” (“Manhattan on the Sea”), known for its duty-free shopping. Others include the island’s balmy climate and brilliant blue skies, iguanas, and night-blooming cactus. Distinctly French in language, culture, and cuisine, St. Barts remains thoroughly independent in spirit. Enjoy excellent snorkeling and diving from the island’s fabulous cove-style beaches. Our ship remains moored here late into the evening, so that you can also experience the island’s vibrant nightlife.

Day 8
Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Our Caribbean idyll ends where it began, in multicultural St. Maarten. Enjoy breakfast aboard before disembarking for your return flight home.

Note: This cruise is not an exclusive Wilderness Travel departure. The itinerary, lecturers, and other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the ship operator.

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What the Trip is Like

The trip is rated Level 1, Easiest, and is appropriate for anyone in good health who is physically active. Zodiac landing crafts are used to explore the coastline and transport passengers ashore for walks to wildlife sanctuaries, scenic nature areas, and local towns and villages. There are also ample opportunities for swimming and snorkeling. Some agility is required for getting in and out of the Zodiac landing crafts.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures

2015
Mar 28-Apr 4, 2015  Tere Moana

Trip Cost

2014 Cruise Rates by Cabin Category
Per person, double occupancy

Categories Cruise Price Single
C Balcony Stateroom $2,845 $4,979
B Balcony Stateroom $3,273 $5,728
A Balcony Stateroom $4,270 $8,540

Government Fees & Taxes: $295

Deck Plan

 

Category A

  • Balcony Stateroom: 298 sq. ft.
  • Stateroom: 205 sq. ft.
  • Veranda: 93 sq. ft.
  • Staterooms: 501-508
  • Bathroom includes a shower only

Category B & C

Window Staterooms: 194 sq. ft.

Category B: 401, 403-419. 410 and 411 can accommodate a third guest in a sofa bed.

Category C: 302-319, no 318. 308, 309 and 311 can accommodate a third guest in a sofa bed. 402 is slightly smaller at 161 sq. ft. Bathroom includes a shower only.

 

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Spacious, oceanview accommodations
  • All shipboard meals
  • Complimentary room service
  • Complimentary beverages, including select wines and spirits, beer, soft drinks, bottled water, and hot beverages served throughout the ship
  • Refrigerator replenished daily with soft drinks, beer, and bottled water
  • All shipboard entertainment
  • All onboard gratuities for room stewards and dining staff
  • Complimentary watersports in select ports from the ship's marina or destination beaches

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, optional excursions, and items of a personal nature.

Trip Payment Schedule*

At time of reservation: 20%
100 days prior to departure: Balance

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

121 days or more prior to departure: $100 administrative fee
120-91 days prior to departure: 10% of trip cost
90-61 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
60-31 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
30 days or less prior to departure: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Arrival & Departure Information

Arrival & Meeting Place
Aboard the Tere Moana, St. Maarten
Date: March 22
Flight arrival time: afternoon
Embarkation: begins at 3:00pm

Suggested Arrival Airport
Princess Juliana International Airport, St. Maarten (airport city code SXM)

Plan on arriving St. Maarten on March 22, 2014 in the early afternoon. Ship embarkation begins at 3:00pm and all passengers are expected to be on board by 6:00pm. The airport is just a short distance from the ship. You may transfer on your own by taxi or you may book a transfer through Paul Gauguin. The cost of the transfer is $39 per person.

Departure
St. Maarten
Date: March 29
Disembarkation: by 9:00am
Suggested Departure Time: after 9:00am

Suggested Airport for Departure
Passengers must be disembarked from the Tere Moana by 9:00am. You may book a transfer to the airport through Paul Gauguin for $39 per person or you may get to the airport by taxi on your own. However, please keep in mind that if another cruise ship is unloading at the same time it may be difficult to find a taxi.

You can schedule your return flight anytime after 9:00am.  If your flight home does depart this early, please know that you can leave the ship as early as 6:00am. You must be off the ship by 9:00am.

Tere Moana

Accommodating just 90 guests, the newly renovated Tere Moana (Tahitian for “ocean traveler”) reflects a high standard of quality and service, with spacious staterooms, two restaurants, and a luxurious spa among her deluxe attributes. All staterooms feature an ocean view, king-size bed, TV, CD/DVD player, iPod® docking station, temperature control, and many other amenities. The Tere Moana offers a spirit of true welcome, geniality, and hospitality, and with one crew member for every 1.5 guests, you’re assured the highest level of personal attention. Her relatively small size is ideal for our style of expedition cruising, with the ability to cruise into ports inaccessible to larger ships.

Deck Plan

 

Category A

  • Balcony Stateroom: 298 sq. ft.
  • Stateroom: 205 sq. ft.
  • Veranda: 93 sq. ft.
  • Staterooms: 501-508
  • Bathroom includes a shower only

Category B & C

Window Staterooms: 194 sq. ft.

Category B: 401, 403-419. 410 and 411 can accommodate a third guest in a sofa bed.

Category C: 302-319, no 318. 308, 309 and 311 can accommodate a third guest in a sofa bed. 402 is slightly smaller at 161 sq. ft. Bathroom includes a shower only.