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Adventures Afloat: The Yachtsman’s Caribbean: Exploring the U.S. & British Virgin Islands

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Program #21328RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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Itinerary for Jan 2 — Jan 10, 2014

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Type: Resort

Description: Caribbean resort overlooking Charlotte Amalie Harbor and within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and entertainment options. The Windward Passage has 150 airy rooms with private balconies, tiled floors, modern amenities, and Caribbean-inspired decor.

Contact info:
Veterans Drive - Charlotte Amelie Waterfront
Charlotte Amelie, Virgin Islands
phone: +8778197959
web: www.windwardpassage.com

Room amenities: Rooms have private bathrooms, AC, private balcony, free WiFi, mini refrigerator, coffee maker, in-room safe, flat screen cable TV, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, telephone, and tiled floors.

Facility amenities: Freshwater pool, spa, fitness center, beauty salon, restaurant, gaming center, lounge, and bar. The property offers a complimentary van service to nearby attractions.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Subject to availability.
Room types and prices are subject to availability. Please contact your program coordinator, Holbrook Travel, at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com for assistance in booking additional nights.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Thursday, January 02 - Flights from the U.S./Arrivals in St. Thomas, U.S...
Arrive To: If you are taking advantage of program air offered by Road Scholar, you will be meeting the other participants at Miami International Airport for the flight to St. Thomas. If you need hotel reservations at Miami due to flight schedules, we can make arrangements for you at an additional cost.

Arrivals at St. Thomas' Cyril E. King Airport. After collecting your luggage, please look for the local Road Scholar representative waiting with a Road Scholar sign in the arrivals hall.

Transfer to the hotel.

Please note that this is a travel day and does not include any meals. Hotel check-in starts at 4 p.m.

Lodging: Windward Passage Hotel

Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: At 257 feet long, 43 feet wide, with a draft of eight feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels.

Contact info:
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 866-459-8853 x 0-0000000
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: All cabins have air-conditioning and small, private bathrooms with continental-style showers.

Facility amenities: Returning from excursions, guests enjoy complimentary refreshments, afternoon tea and all-day coffee in The Lounge, a gracious space for relaxation, surrounded by panoramic windows. Before or after dinner, cocktails are served to live music performed by the ship’s pianist. Other Yorktown features include: •Internet access (additional cost)* •Window-lined lounge with panoramic views •Dining room surrounded by windows •Swimming platform *Note: Before purchasing onboard internet service, please note that the andwidth is relatively narrow and speed is correspondingly slow. Participants will be able to send and receive email messages and check your email accounts without difficulty. However, it is not suitable for ‘surfing’ the web, downloading files of any significant size, or attempting to stream audio or video.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Two: Friday, January 03 - St. Thomas - Embarkation on Yorktown.
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Orientation to the program.

Lecture: The Virgin Islands

Enjoy a walking orientation to Charlotte Amalie’s charming historic sites, starting with an introduction to St. Thomas and its history during a visit to Blackbeard’s Castle (circa 1679). From the castle, walk downhill via Villa Notman (circa 1860), the Crown House (circa 1740), and the Haagensen House (circa 1822). Visit Hotel 1829, then head to Emancipation Garden, a local park dedicated to the end of slavery, before finishing at Fort Christian—a National Historical Landmark constructed in the late 17th century.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon: Have your cameras at the ready as we travel to Drake's Seat, a scenic spot on St. Thomas' West End, to enjoy beautiful views of Magen's Bay. According to local lore, Sir Francis Drake visited this spot in order to look out for enemy ships traveling through the Drake's Passage.

Continue to St. Peter Greathouse and Botanical Gardens to enjoy the estate's 200 varieties of West Indian plants and trees, as well as tropical specimens from around the world. The self-guided nature paths invite visitors to learn about the plants that make up the lush and colorful gardens.

Finish your explorations with a stop at Mountain Top. This popular lookout is located on the highest point on St. Thomas and affords incredible panoramic views of Magen's Bay and nearby islands.

Transfer to Crown Bay Marina and embark on the Yorktown.

Attend a welcome briefing and safety drill.

Dinner: Welcome dinner on board.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: At 257 feet long, 43 feet wide, with a draft of eight feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels.

Contact info:
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 866-459-8853 x 0-0000000
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: All cabins have air-conditioning and small, private bathrooms with continental-style showers.

Facility amenities: Returning from excursions, guests enjoy complimentary refreshments, afternoon tea and all-day coffee in The Lounge, a gracious space for relaxation, surrounded by panoramic windows. Before or after dinner, cocktails are served to live music performed by the ship’s pianist. Other Yorktown features include: •Internet access (additional cost)* •Window-lined lounge with panoramic views •Dining room surrounded by windows •Swimming platform *Note: Before purchasing onboard internet service, please note that the andwidth is relatively narrow and speed is correspondingly slow. Participants will be able to send and receive email messages and check your email accounts without difficulty. However, it is not suitable for ‘surfing’ the web, downloading files of any significant size, or attempting to stream audio or video.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Saturday, January 04 - Jost Van Dyke - Exploring Jost Van Dyke Isla...
Jost Van Dyke -
Exploring Jost Van Dyke Island/Swimming and Snorkeling.


Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: Enjoy a leisurely morning as we navigate the Sir Francis Drake Channel en route to Jost Van Dyke.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: Anchor at White Bay. The beautiful bay on Jost Van Dyke is sheltered by a barrier reef and lined by a white-sand beach.

In addition to being a great swimming and snorkeling destination, this island also offers good hiking and birding opportunities.

Diamond Cay National Park is located off the east shore of the island. Despite its diminutive size, the park is an important nesting site for boobies, pelicans, and terns.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Evening: Enjoy ship's evening entertainment.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: At 257 feet long, 43 feet wide, with a draft of eight feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels.

Contact info:
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 866-459-8853 x 0-0000000
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: All cabins have air-conditioning and small, private bathrooms with continental-style showers.

Facility amenities: Returning from excursions, guests enjoy complimentary refreshments, afternoon tea and all-day coffee in The Lounge, a gracious space for relaxation, surrounded by panoramic windows. Before or after dinner, cocktails are served to live music performed by the ship’s pianist. Other Yorktown features include: •Internet access (additional cost)* •Window-lined lounge with panoramic views •Dining room surrounded by windows •Swimming platform *Note: Before purchasing onboard internet service, please note that the andwidth is relatively narrow and speed is correspondingly slow. Participants will be able to send and receive email messages and check your email accounts without difficulty. However, it is not suitable for ‘surfing’ the web, downloading files of any significant size, or attempting to stream audio or video.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Sunday, January 05 - Tortola and Peter Islands - Road Town and Sa...
Tortola and Peter Islands -
Road Town and Sage Mountain National Park/Hiking, Swimming, and Snorkeling at Peter Island.


Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: Depart from Soper's Hole on Tortola and navigate to Road Town--the island's capital.

Explore the Sage National Park for a hike through the rainforest. Mount Sage is the highest point in the British Virgin Islands standing more than 17,000 feet above sea level. Kapok and mahogany trees thrive in the protected rainforest and park pathways are lined with ferns, mountain guava, and elephant ears. The breathtaking views of surrounding islands are one more bonus afforded to those who choose to visit this site.

Time to explore Road Town on your own, or enjoy swimming and snorkeling at a local beach.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: Navigate to a small privately owned island for afternoon activities.

A short crossing to Peter Island provides opportunities for hiking on paths and swimming and snorkeling from local beaches.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Evening: Enjoy ship's evening entertainment.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: At 257 feet long, 43 feet wide, with a draft of eight feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels.

Contact info:
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 866-459-8853 x 0-0000000
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: All cabins have air-conditioning and small, private bathrooms with continental-style showers.

Facility amenities: Returning from excursions, guests enjoy complimentary refreshments, afternoon tea and all-day coffee in The Lounge, a gracious space for relaxation, surrounded by panoramic windows. Before or after dinner, cocktails are served to live music performed by the ship’s pianist. Other Yorktown features include: •Internet access (additional cost)* •Window-lined lounge with panoramic views •Dining room surrounded by windows •Swimming platform *Note: Before purchasing onboard internet service, please note that the andwidth is relatively narrow and speed is correspondingly slow. Participants will be able to send and receive email messages and check your email accounts without difficulty. However, it is not suitable for ‘surfing’ the web, downloading files of any significant size, or attempting to stream audio or video.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Monday, January 06 - Virgin Gorda - Exploring Virgin Gorda's Trea...
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: Disembark at Leverick Bay Marina on Virgin Gorda for a full day of explorations.

The beautiful island in the British archipelago has many interesting and exotic sites, including The Baths, Gorda Peak National Park, and a number of attractive, secluded beaches.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: Continue exploring Virgin Gorda.
Return to the ship.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Evening: Enjoy ship's evening entertainment.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: At 257 feet long, 43 feet wide, with a draft of eight feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels.

Contact info:
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 866-459-8853 x 0-0000000
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: All cabins have air-conditioning and small, private bathrooms with continental-style showers.

Facility amenities: Returning from excursions, guests enjoy complimentary refreshments, afternoon tea and all-day coffee in The Lounge, a gracious space for relaxation, surrounded by panoramic windows. Before or after dinner, cocktails are served to live music performed by the ship’s pianist. Other Yorktown features include: •Internet access (additional cost)* •Window-lined lounge with panoramic views •Dining room surrounded by windows •Swimming platform *Note: Before purchasing onboard internet service, please note that the andwidth is relatively narrow and speed is correspondingly slow. Participants will be able to send and receive email messages and check your email accounts without difficulty. However, it is not suitable for ‘surfing’ the web, downloading files of any significant size, or attempting to stream audio or video.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Tuesday, January 07 - Cooper and Norman Islands - Swimming, Snorke...
Cooper and Norman Islands -
Swimming, Snorkeling, and Kayaking at Manchioneel Bay/Experiencing the Marine Life of The Caves.


Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: This morning we will anchor at sheltered Manchioneel Bay, Cooper Island for a morning of swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking activities. Cistern Point and its surrounding coral reefs is an especially good site for snorkeling.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: After lunch, disembark at Norman Island, reputed to be Robert Louis Stevenson's inspiration for "Treasure Island." Anchor at The Caves. Crystal-clear water, brightly colored coral, and abundant marine life make this an outstading spot for swimming and snorkeling.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Evening: Enjoy ship's evening entertainment.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: At 257 feet long, 43 feet wide, with a draft of eight feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels.

Contact info:
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 866-459-8853 x 0-0000000
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: All cabins have air-conditioning and small, private bathrooms with continental-style showers.

Facility amenities: Returning from excursions, guests enjoy complimentary refreshments, afternoon tea and all-day coffee in The Lounge, a gracious space for relaxation, surrounded by panoramic windows. Before or after dinner, cocktails are served to live music performed by the ship’s pianist. Other Yorktown features include: •Internet access (additional cost)* •Window-lined lounge with panoramic views •Dining room surrounded by windows •Swimming platform *Note: Before purchasing onboard internet service, please note that the andwidth is relatively narrow and speed is correspondingly slow. Participants will be able to send and receive email messages and check your email accounts without difficulty. However, it is not suitable for ‘surfing’ the web, downloading files of any significant size, or attempting to stream audio or video.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Wednesday, January 08 - St. John - Water Activities at East End/Hiki...
St. John -
Water Activities at East End/Hiking at Virgin Islands National Park/Cruz Bay Town.


Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: Anchor at East End, St. John for a refreshing morning swim before moving on to Cruz Bay.

Enjoy a full day of island explorations including an opportunity to visit the Virgin Islands National Park. The national park encompases more than half of the island, protecting not only a variety of flora and fauna, but also important historic sites.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: Continue with explorations of St. John.

Since the ship will be anchored at Cruz Bay overnight, participants will be able to enjoy the town leisurely.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Evening: Enjoy ship's evening entertainment.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: At 257 feet long, 43 feet wide, with a draft of eight feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels.

Contact info:
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 866-459-8853 x 0-0000000
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com

Room amenities: All cabins have air-conditioning and small, private bathrooms with continental-style showers.

Facility amenities: Returning from excursions, guests enjoy complimentary refreshments, afternoon tea and all-day coffee in The Lounge, a gracious space for relaxation, surrounded by panoramic windows. Before or after dinner, cocktails are served to live music performed by the ship’s pianist. Other Yorktown features include: •Internet access (additional cost)* •Window-lined lounge with panoramic views •Dining room surrounded by windows •Swimming platform *Note: Before purchasing onboard internet service, please note that the andwidth is relatively narrow and speed is correspondingly slow. Participants will be able to send and receive email messages and check your email accounts without difficulty. However, it is not suitable for ‘surfing’ the web, downloading files of any significant size, or attempting to stream audio or video.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Thursday, January 09 - St. Thomas - Dock at Crown Bay/Free Time at ...
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: Morning docking at Crown Bay Marina.

Spend the day relaxing and exploring Charlotte Amalie on your own or join an excursion to some of St. Thomas' historic landmarks.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: Continue with free time opportunities on St. Thomas.
Return to the ship.

Dinner: Farewell dinner on board.

Lodging: Yorktown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Nine: Friday, January 10 - Departures - Disembark at Crown Bay/Flights ...
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: Transfer to the airport to board flights back to mainland U.S.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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