9th January, 2019
A lovely morning greeted us for the final port in the Caribbean. With the pilot on board at 0905 we headed into the azure blue harbour at Bridgetown and docked at the Sugar Berth by 0930. This is a great berth as its only 250 yards to walk to the terminal. Clearance from the local authorities was a little slow until I made an announcement over the PA “that we were still waiting for clearance from the local authorities and that this should be granted any time soon” – within 2 minutes we were clear!!
Located beside the island’s only natural harbour, the capital of Barbados combines modern and colonial architecture with glorious palm tree-lined beaches and a number of historical attractions. The city is renowned for its British-style parliament buildings and vibrant beach life and has often been called “Little England”. Cricket of course has traditionally been the national game and the Island has produced some of the sport’s greatest players, including the batsmen Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes and George Headley; the bowler Malcolm Marshall, and the all-rounders Sir Garfield Sobers and Sir Frank Worrell.
It was going to be another dry, warm and sunny day and ideal for our guests to explore a beautiful final day for our final port of call in the Caribbean and we had 6 shore excursions on offer to tempt our guests including the “Catamaran Turtle Encounter” , “Harrisons Cave Experience”, and the “Best of Barbados” to name half of them.
Barbados is probably my favourite Island in the Caribbean as to me it has everything you need for such a location. Great golf courses, beautiful beaches, friendly people, a great choice of restaurants from fine dining to the local shacks on the beach, and of course a lot of history!! I managed to squeeze lunch ashore and an hour on the beach which was lovely (the chap in the photo on the sun lounger is not me by the way!!)
In order to enhance our call we delayed sailing from 1800 hrs to 2200 so that we could have a special Caribbean evening on deck staring with a “Caribbean Rum and Drum” pre-dinner party on the upper deck with a local steel band. From 1845-2030 there was a magnificent Caribbean buffet on the Verandah deck which went down a treat. I popped along myself and joined the guests for this special dinner. (The photos don’t really do it justice) The Food and Beverage team had been busy since 1400 setting up the decks with palm fronds, flags, coconuts, ice carvings and a magnificent food display.
The local band left us at 2140 and shortly afterwards we set sail from the harbour with the party still in full swing – a real Caribbean sail away!! 30 minutes later we were clear of the port and heading North clear the Islands Northern shores before heading east towards Madeira. The Atlantic crossing looks good!
Captain Julian Burgess
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