You can’t beat Seabourn's luxury cruises for pop-up beach festivity and fun-filled watersports diversion.
Ah, the Caribbean, that arc of tropical bliss. The nice thing about a luxury Caribbean vacation is that you can return again and again – to a different island or the very same one – and always see something new and different. So many hidden gems await, not to mention the warm welcome.
Seabourn Cruise Line knows all about these little pockets of pure magic. Their small, intimate ships take luxury cruise aficionados to many parts unknown, stopping off at idyllic beaches, out-of-the-way beach bars, and marine environments teeming with life. In fact, Seabourn has more than a few Caribbean secrets, most of which, unsurprisingly, revolves around the water, including beach barbecues with lobster and caviar, and fun afternoons of full-on watersports in a secluded harbor.
Caviar in the Surf
One of Seabourn’s signature events is also its most delicious – a beach barbecue on a lonely stretch of white sand with a surfboard bar right in the water, offering tantalizing tastes of caviar and bottomless glasses of Champagne. All you have to do is wade in and enjoy. The afternoon includes an incredible barbecued lobster lunch, plus plenty of oysters, local fruits, and a plethora of pastries. Relaxation and rejuvenation are guaranteed when you’re soaking up the warm sunshine on comfortable loungers, with local musicians providing the soundtrack. Some events include the addition of a pop-up spa right on the beach, where you can enjoy a massage as the sea breeze melts your cares away.
Lively Marina Days
At some Seabourn destinations, the Caviar in the Surf agenda can also include the popular Marina Days scheduled in tandem, wherein the ship’s retractable marina platform becomes a playground for complimentary watersports – including kayaking, pedal boats, doughnut rides, banana boats, paddleboarding, waterskiing and more. Guests can enjoy the platform for the whole afternoon, meandering from the ship to the shore, where beach games and a volleyball court carry on the fun.
Cool Ports of Call
When you factor in the comforting intimacy of small-ship luxury sailing, Seabourn comes through with flying colors. The Caribbean ports of call on the Seabourn itineraries are truly tropical utopias.
Bridgetown, Barbados, blends its British heritage with island independence, and visitors are drawn to its pristine beaches and healthy café society – not to mention the tasty fish fries. Castries, Saint Lucia, is watched over by its dramatic twin coastal mountains, towering over lush rainforest. Basseterre, St Kitts, and Nevis deliver a whisper of plantation culture amidst blissful beaches and soothing frangipani. Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, plays on its Dutch roots to offer a European-tinged island environment filled with things to see and do. And Gustavia, Saint Barthelemy, perhaps the most glamorous of all the Caribbean islands, is always up for a luxury beach club lunch.
These types of island experiences – relaxing hours spent off the ship – make cruising with Seabourn that much more special.