The Arabella, a 160-foot, 40-passenger sailing yacht,
already popular for her Virgin Islands, Southern New England and Chesapeake Bay
itineraries, will begin St. Barths cruises in January 2006. Ports of call will also
include St. Maartin and Anguilla.
Since launching in winter 2001, Arabella has garnered the reputation as being an
ideal small ship cruising experience combining upscale accommodations and
personalised services with a casual and laid-back ambiance.
With her intimate size,
Arabella is able to visit charming, small harbors that larger cruise ships cannot
enter. All 20 stylishly appointed staterooms feature private baths, satellite TV and
telephones, and on-board amenities include a hot water spa, a fleet of two-man sea
kayaks and enough snorkeling gear to outfit all guests. On all voyages daytime
meals and hors d’oeuvres are served on board and passengers head to shore in the
evening for an array of unique dining options and nighttime adventures.
While in St. Jean, Arabella passengers will have the opportunity to enjoy a
world-class dining experience at Eden Rock, one of St. Barths’ finest hotels. A
member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux, Eden Rock is situated on its own rocky
promontory surrounded by a coral reef and beautiful turquoise blue sea. Eden Rock
boasts some of the Caribbean’s most spectacular scenery overlooking the ocean.
Arabella guests are invited to dine at On-The-Rocks restaurant which is perched high
above the reef. Here the tables are laid out on three levels with views out over
the illuminated reef. Chef Jean-Claude Dufour, trained at the 3-starred Aux Trois
Gros in Roanne, and his world-class fare combine a classical French-style base with
Rates for the Arabella St. Barths cruises range from US$1,295 to $2,195 per person
based on cabin type and include breakfast and lunch daily, evening hors d’oeuvres
and three dinners ashore. Alcoholic beverages are not included.