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16th January, 2020


We here we are, in the Caribbean, at last!

The last for days has been a blast, blue skies, calm seas, a bit of a swell but that all pales into insignificance when you are looking at a hard blue horizon and glorious sunshine! Being in ‘Whites’ would be nice though!

Anyway, back a day or two -  we have been having some fun, Officers vs Guests deck games. I have attached a few pictures, hmm, that Captain is looking a little portly, too many good Gavin calories! It’s just so nice to have so many fabulous sea-days, and a great chance to get the ‘desk’ clear of emails.

This morning, at sunrise we could see the North shore of Antigua on our portside and just about the rim of Barbuda on our starboard side as we transited the Barbuda Channel.  Shaping up for the Port of St Johns on a South westerly heading, having come around the north side of the Island, we embarked the Pilot, on time at 0700.  The sun was already up and was, to be honest, a bit of a nuisance as we tried to filter out the buoyage locations through the sun glare  - a bit like the low winter sun when you are driving at home; although this wasn’t winter, it was already 24 degrees.

Berthing was relatively straight forward; bow in, straight ahead and put on the brakes; we were all tied-up before 0800 at the St Johns cruise Terminal.

Just love the Caribbean. That tropical heat, lush plant aroma and good dose of humidity. I guess you love it or hate it, for me, champion and to top it all, a fabulous Steel band playing on the quayside, it must have been a 16 piece set thrashing out those tuneful steel sounds. “Ya-marn”.

After a long Atlantic crossing it was great to be in port and the Guests were rewarded with a ‘late-departure after a fantastic selection of visiting Steel Bands playing on the Veranda deck whilst dining under the stars with the hum, or buzz, of crickets in the background.

I got my head down for a few hours before our 2200 departure. Denis, ‘shortie’ took the ship out, swing off the end of the pier before proceeding out of the harbour.

Once dropping the Pilot, we set course NNW toward St Maarten. Another warm day in stall.

Time for bed, I am up in 6 hours…

Captain Stuart Horne 

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