Tales of the Caribbean
Learn about the Caribbeans storied past
For a birds-eye view of the British Virgin Islands, enjoy a short flight in a light aircraft your pilot will point out Saga Sapphire far below as well as Richard Bransons island escape!
Imagine treading on powder-soft sandy beaches all shaded by palm fronds, watching colourful marine life darting amid coral reefs while snorkelling in warm shallows, and exploring tropical rainforests where exotic birds call out from the dense canopy. Experience all this and more on Saga Sapphires epic month-long voyage to the Caribbean. After a classic transatlantic crossing, you can enjoy long days in a collection of idyllic ports all steeped in colonial history. We have a host of exciting pursuits for you to try too, from a zip-line over St Maartens rainforest and a scenic rail tour in St Kitts, to kayaking in St Lucias Marigot Bay or sailing around north Martinique by catamaran.
The Caribbean lifestyle continues on board with the sound of steel drums to tempt you out onto the dance floor and cookery classes where you can try your hand at local dishes. Like famous writers Ian Fleming and Ernest Hemingway, the relaxed pace of island life may even inspire you to write a short story to share with your fellow passengers, or you can get ideas for more holiday reading material at an informal book club.
The approach to Funchal, the capital of Madeira, is said to be one of the best in the world. This outpost of Portugal, in the middle of the Atlantic, is a veritable botanical garden with a capital city that would not be out of place as a bairro of Lisbon. Famous for its fortified wines and fine foods you can get a true flavour of the island on a Madeiran cooking experience or explore the gardens and fine buildings of the capital and surrounding countryside on an e-bike.
St Johns, Antigua
Make landfall in the Caribbean, on the island of Antigua. It is here that Nelson established a base for the Royal Navy and the harbour that bears his name, which has been in operation since 1745, is a must-visit. Entrance to the harbour also allows you to visit Shirley Heights; a lookout and gun emplacement on the hills overlooking English Harbour.
Philipsburg, St Maarten
Arrive in Philipsburg, where the forts of Amsterdam and Willem attest to the strategic importance of this international trading post. Experience the thrill of sailing on the Dutch square-rigged tall-ship Mercedes on an exclusive excursion. If youve a head for heights get an overview from the Soualiga Sky Explorer chairlift, which rises to the top of the islands highest mountain. And, if you feel brave, head back down on the worlds steepest zip wire, at speeds of up to 56 miles per hours!
Road Harbour, Tortola
There is plenty to keep you busy on Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands. For a stunning overview of the islands embark on a sightseeing flight, or if you prefer to climb under your own steam, hike to the peak of Sage Mountain National Park, at 1,716 feet. Alternatively, you could visit the underwater world surrounding Salt island on a dive to the wreck of RMS Rhone.
Basseterre, St Kitts
Although small, you will find plenty to do in Basseterre and the island of St Kitts. Perhaps the best way to take in the island is the Sugar Train, which, built in 1912 to ferry sugarcane, now trundles lazily around the island carrying tourists and sightseers. The island also has some fantastic rainforests with marked trails and many interesting buildings from its British colonial past, including the Old Treasury Building that houses the National Museum and the imposing hulk of Brimstone Hill Fortress.
Explore the French colonial history of Pointe–Pitre through its colonial buildings, including St. Peter and Paul cathedral, Le March aux Epics and the Muse St-John-Perse. Alternatively, explore the Carbet Falls, the islands most popular natural attraction, found in dense rainforest on the lower slopes of Volcano la Soufriere.
Castries, St Lucia
Visit the tiny independent island of Saint Lucia, measuring a mere 27 miles in length and 14 miles wide. This jewel of the Caribbean boasts palm-lined white sand beaches and an interior cloaked in emerald rainforests. Natural wonders that deserve particular mention include the Piton mountains, which jut like sharks teeth from the forests and Marigot bay, which was described by American novelist James A. Michener as the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean. Protected on three sides by verdant slopes it provides perfect conditions for snorkeling and kayaking.
St Georges, Grenada
Known as the spice island, Granada is truly a tasty stop on your Caribbean cruise. Tour the many forts that attest to Granadas turbulent past, then stroll through lush undulating cocoa plantations, sampling delicious local chocolate and Creole foods, washed down with rum.
Port Elizabeth, Bequia
Moor in Port Elizabeth, the village capital of Bequia. Described by the Telegraph as the perfect Caribbean Island, it boasts pristine rainforests and beaches and a cluster of cultural sights, including Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary and a whaling museum. You can also join a catamaran excursion to the isolated island of Mustique, where dense rainforests conceal many grand mansions the holiday homes of celebrities seeking a little privacy.
Fort de France, Martinique
Martinique is an overseas department of France and the Gallic influence permeates every aspect of life, from the architecture to the patisseries and boutiques of Fort de France. Paul Gauguin lived on the island for five months and some of his work can be found at the Paul Gauguin Museum. You can also join a catamaran tour of the island, taking in the old capital of St. Pierre, deserted beaches and hopefully spot dolphins.
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Arrive in Port of Spain, where colourful Caribbean neighbourhoods jostle for space with the modern high-rise business district. Embark on a tour of the Caroni Bird Sanctuary in the company of an experienced guide or explore the sanctuary by kayak. The unique fauna of the mangrove includes shockingly vibrant flocks of scarlet ibis and pink flamingos.
Santa Cruz, Tenerife
Make landfall in Santa Cruz, Tenerife. The islands long maritime history is represented by the sail design of the modern Auditorio de Tenerife, while you can discover the islands ancient history on a visit to the Museum of Nature and Man, whose collection includes mummies of the Guanche people, who settled here 2000 years ago. You can also treat yourself to a pampering session at the Oriental Spa Garden, considered one of the best spas in Europe because of its innovative wellbeing and beauty therapies.