|THE WEST INDIES UNDER SAIL
|A celebration of the Golden Age of the Royal Navy with Peter Warwick aboard the Sea Cloud II
|15 nights from £4895
We have chartered the magnificent Sea Cloud II for a cruise around the islands of the Caribbean. If ever a part of the world was custom built for a sailing ship, it is the West Indies, and to explore these characterful islands aboard this stunning tall ship is a very special experience.
The luxurious Sea Cloud II was built as a traditional windjammer with 30,000 square feet of sails, but with auxiliary engines and modern navigational systems and equipment. Built to accommodate 96 passengers in five star luxury, she offers a range of beautifully appointed suites and cabins which are furnished with great style. To be on deck when the sails are fully extended as we navigate through the West Indies is a marvellous experience. The forces of nature and ingenuity of man combining in the most natural of ways allows us to experience the thrill of sailing and a form of transport that has existed since the earliest of times. This is a journey that will appeal to those who enjoy being at sea, particularly under sail. In addition to one complete day at sea, most other days will be split between the port of call and time at sea.
Under Sail in Great Style
Our association with Sea Cloud Cruises dates back almost twenty years and during this time they have proven to be a company of the most exacting standards. Not only do they operate the most exquisite vessels, they do so in a fitting style offering the very best of intelligent service and superb cuisine. Whilst there are many large sailing ships offering passages around the world there are few if any that can compare in terms of luxury to Sea Cloud II. Standing on the dock and looking up at the vessel you cannot help but be impressed by the sheer majesty of the vessel. Walk up the gangway and on to the deck and it is even more impressive. And, the splendour does not end here; below deck is a sumptuous world of traditional maritime influences with 21st century luxuries. Well appointed cabins and public areas create a restful atmosphere totally in keeping with the overall grandeur of the vessel.
The Golden Age of the Royal Navy
The story of the Royal Navy is a vital part of the story of Britain. Our greatest heroes are sailors; our most memorable victories were won at sea. It is a long and distinguished story, going back to the Tudors and continuing right up to the present day. But one period stands out as a true ‘golden age’ - the years between 1750 and 1815. During those years, the great sailing battleships reached their peak of perfection in famous vessels such as HMS Victory. A uniquely gifted generation of seamen - of whom Horatio Nelson was but one shining example - sailed those great ships to an almost unbroken series of decisive victories. It is a record of success unparalleled in any other period, which no other navy in the world can match. One of the great theatres of war in this period was the West Indies. Some of the most important battles were fought there. Some of the key personalities served there, and learned their trade sailing among the beautiful islands. Our voyage offers a unique opportunity to learn about this pivotal period in British history, while exploring the places where that history was actually made – and under sail aboard the superb Sea Cloud II.