With Johnny Depp once again hitting UK cinema screens on 26 May as the likeable rogue Jack Sparrow in the new sequel ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’, all eyes are on the Caribbean…or are they? Deceptively, the film was actually shot almost entirely in Australia, but why not skip the bootleg version and experience the real thing on a shipshape Ramblers Cruise and Walk Holiday ‘Islands of the Caribbean’ 16 night cruise.
Exploring numerous islands just as the pirates would have done, discover how unique each island of the Caribbean is. Colonised by British, French, Dutch and Spanish settlers, coming and going throughout history, the islands offer a kaleidoscope of architectural styles, cultures and cuisines. Taking in rainforests, tropical wildlife, colonial cities, blue skies, sandy beaches and salsa, these 16 night cruises include an excellent variety of shore walks and excursions throughout. Highlights include the lush tropical Andromeda and Welchman’s Hall Gully Gardens on Barbados; Tortola’s Botanical Gardens and Sage Mountain area; the Millet Trail on St Lucia; Antigua’s Signal Hill for a 360º view over the island; Martinique’s capital Fort-de-France; and Grenada’s Grand Anse beach with its two miles of palm-fringed white sandy beach.
Ramblers Cruise and Walk Holidays (01707386767, www.cruiseandwalk.co.uk) ‘Islands of the Caribbean’ 16 day cruise and walk holiday starts from £2850/person including meals onboard, a tour guide led walking programme, local guides, tips to restaurant staff on ships and full onboard entertainment.
Departures: 20 December 2017 and 3 January, 17 January, 14 February, 19 December 2018
Ramblers Walking Holidays is one of the holiday brands from RWH Travel (formerly known as Ramblers Worldwide Holidays), the experts in guided walking adventures. Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays is the cruise ship based walking programme, run in association with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.
With over 70 years’ heritage, other brands within the group include Chapters Experience Holidays – memorable experiential holidays around the world; Adagio – leisurely walking and cultural holidays at a gentle pace and Load Off Your Back – a self-guided UK and European walking programme.
For its walking holidays the company is the proud holder ofWhich? Recommended Provider statusi.e.companies which are highly rated byWhich? Members and reach the exacting standards ofWhich? Researchers.
Each of the Ramblers Walking Holidays has been graded to help clients choose their preferred pace, with categories ranging from Grade 1-3/Leisurely (usually two hours walking); to Grade 4-6/Moderate (a combination of full and half day walks); and Grade 7-9/Challenging (full day walks where stamina is key).
On some dates, there is the chance to experience more than one walking grade with two leaders. Perfect for couples who prefer to walk at a different pace or have different walking abilities.
To help clients choose the type of walking holiday that will appeal to their interest, Ramblers Walking Holidays also uses symbols that depict the main interest on the walks. Categories include: Pioneer; Continuous Walks; Flora & Walking Holidays; Bird Watching & Walking; Lifestyle, Culture & Natural History; Hutting; Rail & Walk; Sightseeing.
The company’s mission is to generate funds for walking charities by the provision of outstanding outdoor activity holidays worldwide.
With its not-for-profit philosophy, the company contributes monies to the Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust which supports walking related and environmental projects in the UK. The company also funds Heart & Sole - an initiative managed by company staff, with the aim of reaching into the heart of the communities visited both in the UK and overseas.
RWH Travel also runs The Walking Partnership - an initiative which champions walking at the 'grass roots' level by providing funding and support to walking groups and clubs throughout the UK. Ramblers Walking Holidays is the Walking Holiday Partner of the Ramblers, Britain’s walking charity which drove the recent Big Pathwatch project, and has been pioneering and championing walking and ‘rights of way’ for over 70 years across England, Scotland and Wales.
Customers travelling on all holidays operated by RWH Travel are fully protected via the company’s membership of ABTA (No V5094) and as holders of an ATOL licence (No 990). RWH Travel is also a member of AITO and ETOA.