Antigua to Barbados

Stop at all three of the little-visited ‘ABC’ islands: Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao. You’ll discover their sensational marine sites, Dutch colonial architecture and citrus liqueur, before kicking back on an idyllic Grenadine speck.

  • 04 Feb – 12 Feb 2023
  • 8 nights
  • From £2,049pp
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Underwater landscape in an healthy coral reef with colorful tropical fish

Sailing southwards from Antigua, with St John’s handsome harbour soon lost to sight, we’ll spend two full days at sea – with this being peak season for sightings of humpback whales and dolphins – before arriving at the ‘ABCs’. Close to mainland South America, this trio of Dutch-administered islands surprisingly rank among the Caribbean’s least-visited.

First up is little, aloe vera-producing Aruba, where shipwrecks pepper seas ripe for scuba-diving. The prettily-painted colonial capital Oranjestad seduces, too, with its restored old buildings and luxury boutiques. Next comes crescent-shaped Bonaire, where idyllic beaches line uninhabited islets and pink flamingos breed at seaside salt pans. The ocean is a big temptation again, courtesy of an impressive 85 dive sites – many accessible directly from shore for snorkellers. 

Our last ABC, Curaçao, has another lovely centre in Willemstad whose evocative old quarters have UNESCO World Heritage status. Known for its namesake blue liqueur, flavoured by a local citrus fruit, the island also yields more captivating coves and dreamy diving. Returning north, a further day at sea takes us to tiny Canouan, in the Grenadine islands. If a white-sand day of beach clubs, bars and spas at one of its swanky resorts doesn’t appeal, how about paddleboarding the extensive coral-reef bay? Reluctantly leaving this last paradise behind, we’ll move on to the altogether-buzzier Barbados.

Curaçao is known for its namesake blue liqueur, flavoured by a local citrus fruit, the island also yields more captivating coves and dreamy diving. 

Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. Colourful houses and commercial buildings of Punda, Willemstad Harbor, on the Caribbean island of Curacao, Netherlands Antilles

Voyage Itinerary:

  • Day 1: St John’s , Antiqua
  • Day 2: Sailing
  • Day 3: Sailing
  • Day 4: Oranjestad, Aruba
  • Day 5: Willemstad, Curacao
  • Day 6: Port yet to be confirmed
  • Day 7: Sailing
  • Day 8: Canouan Island, Grenadines
  • Day 9: Bridgetown, Barbados

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