Board in the charming Caribbean village of Red Hook -just 30 minutes from St. Thomas Airport. Once aboard, we weigh anchor for a short hop across Pillsbury Sound, dropping anchor in the turquoise waters of Cruz Bay, St. John. Surrounded by the protected waters of Virgin Islands National Park, the village of Cruz Bay is the perfect place to start our island adventure. After a “welcome aboard” reception, we go ashore to dine at one of Cruz Bay’s premier restaurants.
Early risers can
breakfast with the sunrise over the distant verdant hilltops of St.
Thomas. Arabella gets
underway early for our first stop in the British Virgin Islands- Soper’s
Hole, Tortola, where we clear customs.
After a short swim call (just to get you used to the 85 degree
seawater!), we hoist sails. Charging into the Sir Francis Drake Channel, Arabella
sets her course for Norman Island, made famous by Robert Louis Stephenson
as the setting for “Treasure Island”.
By mid-afternoon we’ve dropped the hook off the caves of Norman
Island for our first snorkeling adventure (snorkeling gear is
provided—however you are welcome to bring your own).
The Caves are famous for their spectacular rock formations and
crystal clear water. We’ll also launch our kayaks for those who wish to explore
further. Once at our evening
anchorage in the “bight” of Norman Island, enjoy an on board cookout
under the stars. After
dinner, the more adventurous can take the launch to the “William T.
Thornton”, a floating nightspot/pirate ship of much ill-repute.
Enjoy breakfast lounging on deck while the crew prepares for today’s sail. We’re off to the “Baths” of Virgin Gorda, a boulder-strewn beachscape of unparalleled beauty. A short sail up the channel brings us to the anchorage off the Baths (weather permitting). Our launch will ferry ashore those who wish to wade or swim. Underway again, we pass the resort of Little Dix Bay and enter the protected waters of North Sound, Virgin Gorda. Tonight we moor off the world-renowned Bitter End Yacht Club, where all are invited ashore for the famous Tuesday night barbecue-buffet.
Arabella remains in North Sound. All Arabella guests are welcome at the Bitter End’s facilities. Lounge by the pool, schedule a massage, or take a windsurfing lesson! The Bitter End has more than two hundred watercraft at your disposal from Boston Whalers to Catamarans. Side excursions include a circum-island tour, dive expeditions, and a daylong trip to the island of Anegada for great snorkeling on the reefs. Of course, you can just lounge under the palms along the beach sipping margaritas! This evening the world is your oyster, or at least this small part of it is! Within a short launch trip are several dining options, ranging from the five-star cuisine at the Biras Creek Resort to the casual pub at the Bitter End.
After breakfast we bid adieu to Virgin Gorda, setting off on a brisk reach past the Dog Islands. By early afternoon we reach Salt Island, named for the salt works that produce the BVI’s yearly levi to the British Crown. Stock up on sea salt before we set sail for Peter Island. Anchored in Peter Island’s tranquil Great Bay, we have time for a quick swim before heading ashore to our beachside dining pavilion courtesy of the Prospect Reef Club. Tonight you’ll eat by candlelight under the rustling palms in this idyllic harbor. Bury your feet in the sand by the crackling bonfire while recapping the day’s highlights with your fellow shipmates.
We bid farewell to Peter
Island as we fix a course for Jost Van Dyke stopping midway at the
tiny desert island of Sandy Cay. We
should have this speck of sand almost to ourselves to snorkel, swim, or
simply stroll in the sand. After
a picnic lunch on the beach, we shift our anchorage to Great Bay, Jost Van
Dyke. Early evening we will
rendezvous at one of the most famous restaurants and nightclubs in the
islands, Foxy’s. We
have timed our stop here for the well-known Friday Night Barbecue Bash.
There will be lots of food and lighthearted entertainment and a
chance to end our trip in style. After
dinner, guests might choose to either quietly stroll in the moonlight
feeling the tropical breeze or dance to the Caribbean rhythm.
This morning we will set sail for the last time and proceed to St. Thomas. We make a short stop to St. John’s to clear customs, and should arrive at Red Hook in the late morning. All guests will disembark with their bags, and their memories.
This is a sample itinerary. All stops are subject to the captain’s discretion and may vary due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.
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