While the big cruise ships of Royal Caribbean and NCL are good choices for certain cruise vacations, the editors of ISLANDS researched all of the Caribbean cruise itineraries and cruise lines to find a special trip. Our experts picked the Star Clippers Leeward Islands cruise aboard the Star Clipper sailing ship, and super photographer Jon Whittle drew the assignment to picture this spectacular cruise. Jon is not the typical cruise traveler -- he doesn't like itineraries, doesn't like guides, doesn't like small, enclosed spaces. This Star Clipper cruise, tracing a roundabout route from St. Maarten down to Dominica with stops in between, gave him plenty of opportunities to explore on his own. And yes, stage a wild scooter crash (see it at the end of his photo essay). See his always stellar work in this entry on the ISLANDS Wish List: "Sail the Secret Caribbean."
Zoom in on the interactive map below to trace the Star Clipper's route on this cruise.