The Moorings has launched a new seven-night Martinique Rum Experience, based on a crewed sailing catamaran.

Guests will pick up the crew and catamaran in St Lucia and sail northwards to Martinique, the vaunted home to the age-old tradition of rum production.

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Guests will receive an insight into the machines employed in the manufacturing of rum | Josie Tucci

The yacht comes complete with a private captain and gourmet chef. The holiday is ideal for those who like the idea of the freedom a sailing holiday offers, but who are not experienced sailors. Alongside palm-studded beaches, snorkelling in vibrant reefs and enjoying secluded anchorages, key highlights of the week include:

  • A visit to Martinique’s Habitation Clement, the only habitation which includes an historic rum distillery. Visitors will learn how they make this famous rum and have a chance to travel back in time to discover what the ancient Creole culture is like on the island. Courtesy of the catwalk that passes above the two wings of the distillery, it is possible to get an exceptional insight into the processes and the machines employed in the manufacturing of rum agricolo.
  • A visit to the well-preserved Neisson rum distillery in Le Carbet to learn more about Martinique’s rum traditions and the distillery, which prides itself on producing something that is cherished by many and also supports local agriculture. Founded in 1931, the Neisson distillery has remained family owned and operated, thanks to a deep-rooted appreciation of self-grown sugar cane and the precise method used to churn out exquisitely aged bottles of handcrafted artisanal rum.

In addition, the tour includes lunch in a local restaurant in Fort de France; a visit to the gardens of Balata, a beautiful botanical garden nestled inside a protected rainforest showcasing 3000 species of tropical plants and exotic flowers; and a visit to St Pierre to visit the iconic volcano site and enjoy a guided train ride, which highlights the significance of this once-named cultural capital of Martinique, prior to the volcanic eruption.

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Roll out the barrel… Rum factory at Clément Le François | Josie Tucci

Two crewed sail catamarans are available for this new tour, complete with en-suite cabins. They are the Moorings 4800, which sleeps up to six, and the flagship Moorings 5800, which sleeps up to ten and also includes a host. All yachts are spacious, stylishly appointed and fully inclusive of all meals, snacks and beverages. Produce is freshly sourced, prepared and served by the crew and always tailored to meet the customers’ individual tastes and requirements. Snorkelling equipment, fishing gear, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are also included.

A seven-night private charter from St Lucia to Martinique and back on a Moorings 5800 crewed yacht costs from £2028pp (based on ten sharing in early December) including captain, chef, host, all meals, snacks and beverages, housekeeping, WiFi and all onboard equipment. In addition, a private driver is included ashore to take guests to the rum distillery tours and various other shore excursions. Flights are extra and can be added by The Moorings.

For more information call 033 0332 1520 or visit