The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Sailing the Windward Islands

Jan. 31 – Feb. 7, 2015


Escape the depths of winter on this eight-day experience in the Caribbean’s Windward Islands aboard the exclusively chartered, 64-passenger M.Y. Le Ponant.

Enjoy classic “life under sail” aboard this elegant three-masted yacht featuring all ocean-view staterooms and an observation platform near sea level for ideal viewing of marine life and optional water sports. Cruise round trip from Fort-de-France, Martinique, into secluded harbors to explore the natural and cultural treasures. The custom-designed itinerary features Martinique’s Balata Garden, showcasing 3,000 varieties of tropical plants and flowers; Bequia, the most beautiful isle of the Grenadines; the awe-inspiring reefs and marine life in the lagoons of Tobago Cays Marine Park; Grenada, the Spice Island; St. Vincent and its historic capital, Kingstown; St. Lucia’s iconic twin mountain peaks, the Gros and Petit Pitons; and Dominica, where it’s said there is a river for every day of the year.

Tour highlights and included features

  • Experience “life under sail” aboard the exclusively chartered 64-passenger M.Y. LE PONANT.
  • Enjoy superb, tastefully designed accommodations.
  • Specifically designed itinerary to the southern Caribbean’s Windward Islands, rarely visited and inaccessible to larger vessels.
  • Excellent French-inspired cuisine served in one seating.
  • Truly intimate sailing experience.
  • With 16,000 square feet of sails, sleek lines and stylish beauty, M.Y. LE PONANT catapults you back to the era of traditional sailing yachts.
  • On board the Exclusively Chartered Sailing Yacht M.Y. LE PONANT
  • Seven-night cruise round trip Fort-de-France, Martinique, with port calls at Bequia and Tobago Cays, Grenadines; St. George’s, Grenada; Kingstown, St. Vincent; Soufriere and Rodney Bay, St. Lucia; and Roseau, Dominica.
  • Deluxe, ocean-view, air-conditioned Staterooms with private bathroom facilities.
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions.
  • Superb French-inspired cuisine each day served in two restaurants and on the terrace, breakfast, lunch and dinner, each served in a single seating.
  • Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages served throughout the cruise.
  • Stylish public areas, including an expansive Sun Deck, two lounges and a library.
  • Observation platform near sea level for optional water sports and viewing marine life.
  • Half-day cultural tour of Martinique, including a visit to Balata Garden, the island’s most well-known botanical garden.
  • Tour of the verdant and mountainous Bequia, the most beautiful isle of the Grenadines.
  • Island stop at the breathtaking Tobago Cays Marine Park comprising nearly 1500 acres of lagoons, reefs, for the opportunity to snorkel among an abundance of marine life.
  • Tour of Grenada, the Spice Island, featuring a visit to De La Grenade Industries with a sampling of their delicacies and to an herb and spice garden of rare and versatile botanicals.
  • Island tour of St. Vincent from the historic center of Kingstown.
  • Visit to Soufriere to admire the beauty of St. Lucia’s Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage site, featuring an excursion to Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens with its renowned waterfall and into Soufriere Volcano, the Caribbean’s only drive-in volcano.
  • Excursion in Rodney Bay to experience St. Lucian country life with a guided nature walk and a sampling of exotic fruit and Creole cuisine.
  • Excursion into the natural paradise of lush, green, volcanic Dominica, where it is said there is a river for every day of the year, highlighted by a visit to Trafalgar Falls and their hot springs.
  • Time to experience the natural beauty of the Caribbean with its uncrowded beaches and azure waters.
  • All excursions and visits, as outlined in the Included Features, with experienced local guides.
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers on included excursions and transfers.
  • Hospitality desk aboard the ship.
  • The services of an experienced team of Gohagan & Company Travel Directors throughout the program.
  • Travel document wallet, name badge and pre‑departure information.

Related links

Tobago Cays
St. George’s, Grenada
Kingstown, St. Vincent
Soufriere, St. Lucia
Rodney Bay
Roseau, Dominica

Dates Jan. 31 – Feb. 7, 2015

Cost $4,295* (From price. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and early booking deadlines. Dates, itineraries, and prices are subject to change.)

Type Cruise

Region South America


Contact Addie Natalie
800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 3



“What a wonderful trip. The sights, experiences, and fellow travelers were first rate and totally memorable.” Bob


*Itinerary subject to change due to local conditions.


Contact Addie Natalie at Ohio State Alumni Tours
Phone: 614-292-2372 or 800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 3

Space is limited. Book your tour now!