15th Anniversary Mandalay Cruise

Source Events: Tall ship sailing for gay men has been a tradition for source events since 2003. Come join our 15h anniversary MANDALAY CRUISE and visit some of the most beautiful places in the Caribbean.

You will experience freedom and bliss as we explore the beautiful island of St. Lucia, Martinique, Dominica, Isle de Saintes, Nevis, and Antigua. Expect to dock on secluded beaches and swim in the translucent water of the Caribbean.

Don’t miss the chance to dance under the stars and relax at the beach with us. You will not regret this wonderful week of fun and adventure.

Highlights:

  • A chance to visit waterfalls, botanical gardens and the world’s only “drive-in” volcano
  • Visit stunning beaches border tropical rainforests and towering cathedrals.
  • Explore Dominica, a mountainous Caribbean island nation with natural hot springs and tropical rainforests
  • Relax and unplug sailing on the S/V Mandalay to hidden inlets and sparkling warm waters that conventional cruise ships just can’t reach
  • Play games, relax and get a massage or just swim off the ship

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ITINERARY

Day 1: St. Lucia
A nature lover’s paradise, which is blessed by nature, St. Lucia has geographic and cultural riches enough to embarrass far bigger nations. The dueling Piton peaks serve as an inspiring landmark for sailors. You’ll have a chance to visit waterfalls, hot springs, botanical gardens and the world’s only “drive-in” volcano.

Day 2: Martinique
Stunning beaches border tropical rainforests and towering cathedrals share skyline with an imposing volcano. Tourists and residents crowd the store-lined streets and restaurant-filled back alleys of Fort-de-France, while a few miles north, foliage dampens the sounds of bird tweets and hikers.

Day 3: Dominica
Dominica is a mountainous Caribbean island nation with natural hot springs and tropical rainforests. Morne Trois Pitons National Park is home to the volcanically heated, steam-covered Boiling Lake. The park also encompasses sulphur vents, the 65m-tall Trafalgar Falls and narrow Titou Gorge. To the west is Dominica’s capital, Roseau, with colorful timber houses and botanic gardens.

Day 4: Isle de Saintes
Some claim that Iles des Saintes has one of the nicest bays in the world, a Lilliputian Rio de Janeiro. The isles, just 10km (6 1/4 miles) from the main island, were visited by Columbus on November 4, 1493, who named them Los Santos. The history of Iles des Saintes is very much the history of Guadeloupe itself. In years past, the islands have been heavily fortified, as they were Guadeloupe’s Gibraltar. The climate is very dry, and until the desalination plant opened, water was often rationed.

Day 5: Sailing time
Relax and unplug sailing on the S/V Mandalay to unspoiled beaches, hidden inlets and sparkling warm waters that conventional cruise ships just can’t reach. Partake in raising the sails, take a turn at the helm or just enjoy the winds of the sea filling the sails. Play games, relax and get a massage or just swim off the ship. This is the day to do it. Remember there is no set schedule when you cruise on the Mandalay. Everything is laid back

Day 6: Nevis
Nevis is the smaller of the 2 islands comprising the nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean. It’s known for sandy beaches, including palm-fringed Pinney’s Beach and sheltered Oualie Beach. Booby High Shoals is a popular offshore dive site sheltering sea turtles and stingrays. The island’s capital, Charlestown, is filled with Georgian-style buildings and other British colonial relics.

Day 7: Antigua
Antigua is one of the 2 major islands that make up the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda. Ringed with coral reefs, the island is known for its many sandy beaches. Historic sites, tasty cuisine and a lively cultural scene can all be found on Antigua. But most often it’s the beauty and versatility of the island’s 365 beaches that draw travelers from afar.

 

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SHIP

Mandalay ship

This 236-foot Barquentine was built in 1923 for financier E.F. Hutton and gifted to his wife, Marjorie Merriweather Post.

In 1935 this historic ship was sold to Norwegian shipping magnate G. Unger Vetlesen and his wife Maude Monell and was renamed Vema, a combination of Vetlesen and Maude.

World War II: Maude Monell donated Vema to the American war effort and was put into service as a merchant marine cadet training ship.

Vema was first put to use patrolling coastal waters for the US Coast Guard and later served as a barrack and training ship for the United States Merchant Marine.

In 1953 the Lamont Geological Observatory (now the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory [LDEO]), a research unit of Columbia University leased the vessel and soon bought it, becoming renowned as one of the world’s most productive oceanographic research vessels.

After its career as a research vessel, she entered a new career as a cruising yacht, the S/V Mandalay, accommodating 58 Passengers and about 24 Crew with teak decks and original wood work throughout the ship.

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