We loved visiting Guadeloupe so much in 2023 that we knew we had to go back!
Guadeloupe is an archipelago inbetween the northeastern Caribbean Sea and the western Atlantic Ocean. There are two main islands which form a butterfly shape: Grande Terre in the east and Basse-Terre in the west. With dramatic volcanic scenery and glistening turquoise waters it is an amazing, and less-frequented, Caribbean paradise. We can see why it’s original native name of Karukera, which means “the place of beautiful waters”, was given to it!
Thanks to the trade winds the average temperature here is 25 degrees centigrade all year round, and January is one of the driest months. You may recognise some areas from the popular British TV show ‘Death In Paradise’, which is filmed on Guadeloupe on the fictional island of Saint Marie, in a town named Honoré.
A 12 day voyage gives plenty of time to explore these wonderful islands, as well as ample time before/after if you decide to stay a little longer.
Start your Guadeloupe experience by flying into the Pointe-a-Pitre International airport. For European travelers, AirFrance offers daily flights from Paris. For most US travelers, you are likely to transfer from San Juan, Martinique, or Atlanta, GA. If you are already island hopping in the Caribbean or flying into Martinique, you can also take a convenient daily ferry boat from Fort-de-France.
The local language is French, or a French-based Creole, and the official currency is the Euro. Most places will accept cash or cards, but it is always recommended to carry some cash with you when on land for ease.
Bursary Funding for members of the Armed Forces!
We still have some LIBOR funding that can only be used by people with a Service Number (whether serving or retired) which would reduce this voyage down to £106 per person per day, so a total of £1,272 for the 12 days. Amazing!! Make sure you put ‘LIBOR‘ in the ‘Promotion or Group Code‘ box at the very end of the booking form. We will ask you to confirm that you have a Service Number, and please bear in mind that bursary funds are allocated on a first come, first served basis – and will run out one day!
What to expect
You’ll have been part of one of the most important teams you’ve ever experienced – without our Voyage Crew we can’t sail, you’re as crucial as that. And we know that with that will come a huge sense of self-achievement – and some new friends too.
Sailing on Tenacious
Don’t worry if you’ve never sailed before – most people step on board with no experience of sailing a tall ship.
You’ll be part of our Voyage Crew, and be put into one of four teams called Watches. You’ll learn from our Permanent Crew and will take part in all the tasks necessary to operate the Ship, whether that’s setting sail, helming (steering) the Ship, assisting in the Galley or climbing the mast – though that one’s not compulsory!
And you’ll enjoy time off watch every day to take in the scenery, get to know others on board and take part in the activities we have planned. Our beautiful tall ship Tenacious becomes your home for the duration of your voyage – we want you to be comfortable and enjoy the experience of being on board.
*What you pay
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters we are able to subsidise all our voyage places by 25% from the true cost to the JST to deliver. If you can, please consider making a donation or fundraising towards the full cost of your voyage. This means we can continue to offer this subsidy to those who are less able to afford our adventures.
Historically the JST has advertised our voyages with a larger subsidy, but sadly these levels are no longer sustainable. We realise that the cost of a voyage may be a prohibitive factor, so we fundraise throughout the year for bursaries to further reduce the cost to you, our voyage crew, so that we can still welcome people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities onboard. We recommend anyone that does not think they can afford the existing subsidised rate to read more and apply for a bursary here – please state which voyage you wish to sail on at the same time. We recommend submitting a booking request at the same time as a bursary application as all berths and bursaries are allocated on a first come, first served basis. The Bursary Committee meets monthly.
Why sail with the JST?
Our voyages are not just boat rides in amazing settings. JST sailing adventures are about giving people the freedom to explore their ability, potential and place in the world.
Life on board is about joining in and getting involved. Everyone is seen and treated as equal. Everyone has a role to play and contributes to the best of their ability.
It’s in this unique environment that we see daily challenges fade into the background.
As Sally says: “When people ask me if I would go again, I reply ‘in a heart beat’. Seeing my buddy steering Tenacious at the helm and telling me that he felt in control for the first time in his life, was the biggest reward I could ask for”.
Read more stories like Sally’s from those who have experienced our voyages.
- Voyage No: TNS646
- Start Date: 28/01/2024
- End Date: 08/02/2024
- Duration: 12 days
- Departing: Guadeloupe
- Arrival: Guadeloupe
- Voyage Type: Public