Sail with us to the British Virgin Islands!

December 12 - 21, 2018


Experience the best that this Caribbean archipelago has to offer

Every year in wintertime a number of luxury sailing cruises are organized on board the square rigged tall ship Clipper Stad Amsterdam. Whether you are an experienced sailor or not, we are more than pleased to invite you to join us on one of our luxury sailing holidays.

The captain and his crew welcome you on board the Clipper Stad Amsterdam. After the welcoming dinner we will start with sailing to the British Virgin Islands! On this sailing cruise which starts and ends in Saint Martin we like you to experience the very best that this Caribbean archipelago has to offer. Depending on the wind and "swell" conditions on the spot, sailing will be according to the following program:

After approximately 15 hours of fantastic sailing we will drop anchor at Jost Van Dyke. The island of Jost Van Dyke roughly covers eight square kilometers and is the smallest of the British Virgin Islands. It is believed that the island owes her name to the Dutch pirate “Joost van Dyk”. In the evening we will visit Foxy's Bar. This world famous beach bar serves homemade rum.

Practical Information 


Norman Island will be our next stop and the passage at Soper's Hole on the way will certainly be a highlight. The narrow passage always is a very exciting experience for a tallship such as Clipper Stad Amsterdam. Norman Island is the most southern island of the British Virgin Islands.

The island has no inhabitants and is privately owned. We like to accompany you to the superb snorkeling spots where you can also enjoy the beautiful beach. Perhaps you like to swim around the ship instead while admiring the very beautiful surroundings.

From Norman Island to Cooper Island will only be a few hours of sailing. The island is one in a string of small islands and is largely privately owned. The beautiful white sandy beach, superb snorkeling possibilities and a cozy beach club make a few hour stay very enjoyable.

After sailing for about six hours we will arrive at Virgin Gorda where we will anchor at the Bitter End Yacht Club. This yacht club is beautifully located. The very clear water, the blue skies and the starry nights make it a perfect setting for a delicious sundowner. The following morning we visit the natural phenomenon of the Baths on Virgin Gorda. This is a volcanic and 70 million years old area, consisting of a maze of mainly underwater caves. Crystal clear water, white sands and huge cliffs with various salty water basins in between to bathe in.

The sailing cruise will not be complete without a visit to Gustavia at St. Barths. The island has a mix of iguanas, cacti that bloom only at night, beautiful beaches, luxury yachts and many special designer boutiques.

It is a favorite holiday destination for many celebrities from around the world. Saint Barths is also called the St.Tropez of the Caribbean.

Virgin Corda
Bitter End Yacht Club
St. Barths

We will then return to the island where this luxury cruise also started: St. Martin. Here you may choose to visit Marigot at the French part of the island which has a small marina and nice shops or you may like to visit the famous Maho Beach instead where the planes are flying over low. Impressive also are the many large cruise ships in Phillipsburg on the Dutch part of the island.

Exploring Grand Case which is located in the north and where the ship is at anchor, also is a great way to spend a few hours. On the last evening of the cruise a wonderful captain's dinner will be prepared for you.

After breakfast it is just a very short distance to Phillipsburg where we have to say goodbye. It must have been an unforgettable experience!

Saint Martin - Saint Martin


Practical information

Embarkation: Wednesday December 12, 2018 at 17h00 in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten*
Debarkation: Friday December 21, 2018 at 10.00 (am) in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten*

* Due to heavy swell at certain wind directions the captain will decide last minute where the ship will be (either anchored or alongside). Other possibilities are Marigot (anchored) and Simpson Bay (anchored).

Price per person in a double cabin: € 3.050,-

(In case you are traveling alone, you will be staying in a single cabin for which a surcharge of 50% applies)

Are you interested in a cabin with a double bed? 
The surcharge is € 250,- (depending on availability).

The price includes
-Full board * (breakfast with coffee/tea/juices/milk, lunch, dinner)
-Fresh fruit
-Harbor dues

Additional costs are:
-Flights and transfers to and from the ship
-Drinks on board
-Other personal expenses

*All beverages and extras after breakfast are not included. Lunch and dinner service can be either served or buffet style depending on wind and weather conditions. At sundowner time, complimentary finger foods will be offered supplementary.

Please note that due to unfavorable weather conditions (e.g. lack of wind or too much wind) the captain may decide to proceed under engine power and/or arrive at or depart from a harbour either sooner or later.

Flight suggestions:
There are many flight opportunities from major airports to both St. Maarten and Martinique.
A ticket for a direct flight from Amsterdam to St. Maarten amounts to about € 662,- but from Miami to Sint Maarten only € 129,-. 
From Martinique to Amsterdam with a change over in Paris, for example, will cost about € 1508,- but a direct flight from Martinique to Miami only € 757,- 
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Travel description of this cruise

Luxury sailing cruise British Virgin islands