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7th January, 2019

St Lucia

Another relatively early arrival with pilot on board at 0645,we are all fast alongside at 0720. This is perfect as the F&B team prepare for a very special day at Pigeon Island on the NW corner of St Lucia. They have to off load hundreds of boxes, containers and cool boxes to set up the “private island” experience for our Guests. By 0830 several trucks are fully loaded and the team head for the picturesque 44 acre island reserve. A sumptuous BBQ is provided with seating under a large tented area sufficient for up to 500 guests. Sun loungers, chairs, towels, showers and toilets are all arranged and there is a couple of bars where local rums, beers, wine and cocktails are available. Free transportation is provided from 1030 as coach after coach transport our guests to this wonderful national park. Having never experienced this Saga Magic Moment I headed there myself and arrived at 1300 when lunch was in full flow. There is a beautiful beach with crystal clear water, a large grass area and plenty of shade under the trees for those that want a rest from the sun. A local band and dancers entertain everyone as our guests tuck into crayfish, steak, beef patties, pork ribs, sausages and a superb salad selection. The F&B team even bring along a full cheeseboard in case anyone is still hungry after main course. Amazingly just about all of it is eaten!!

For those guests on tour we even arrange for their coaches to stop at Pigeon Island on completion so that those that want to experience this magic are not disadvantaged. There are 5 tours on offer including a “whale and dolphin watch”, “St Lucia by Helicopter”, the “Rainforest Tram”, and snorkelling the Pitons.

My 2 hours at Pigeon Island is indeed a memorable one as I take a plunge in the sea, chat to guests and sample the sumptuous BBQ. There’s even a visit to the Bar for a punch (without rum of course). Around 1430 the first of guests start to head back as they don’t want to miss afternoon tea!!

With everyone on board including the waste from Pigeon Island we have a very tight squeeze between two large ships belonging to MSC and Royal Caribbean. With the use of a tug we execute the manoeuvre to perfection and then head for the harbour entrance. We are all clear by 1730 and then head south towards Trinidad.

Captain Julian Burgess

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