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Bridgetown, Barbados

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3rd December, 2012

Our eighth port of this ‘Caribbean Celebration’ cruise and my favourite port too was Barbados. I was here every Wednesday for at least 5 years back in my Countess days. It has been a long and happy association with the port and I’ve seen a lot of changes since those early days.

Two other cruise ships were in port with us and we docked in beautiful Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, at 8.00am.

Once again the sun was shining and there was not a cloud in the sky. Another beautiful paradise, this one famed for its rum, awaited and all aboard who were eager to disembark the Sapphire and explore the island.

Speaking of rum, the port terminal was a great place to pick on up a two of the world famous Barbados rum. Apart from the huge selection of rums on offer, watches and jewellery; Hawaiian style tropical shirts of all description were being purchased by those planning to attend the ‘Tropical Deck Party’ later in the evening.

The most popular tour to head on out into the glorious weather today was the ‘Discover Barbados’ trip. Taking in a number of the most popular sights, this half day sojourn sauntered around at an easy pace. Following that, there was the exciting ‘Catamaran Turtle Encounter’. A wondrous excursion, were the stars of the show were the calm and placid underwater giants.

As it was such a lovely day it seemed a shame to be heading underground in the ‘Harrisons Cave Experience’, but this disappointment was short lived. A mile long tour underground awaited our passengers and all aboard the electric tram raved about the beauty of this magnificent natural phenomenon.

Whilst the tours were getting underway I was attending yet another inaugural plaque presentation ceremony in the Drawing Room. Our agent, Kevyn Yearwood, arranged the gather of government & port officials plus the local media and TV. The Hon George Hutson, Minister of International Business & Transport presented the ship with a plaque commemorating the ship’s first visit under the Saga banner. In response I amused them with anecdotes of my earlier memories of my visits to the island.

As our sailing time was not until 11.00pm, Tanya arranged for a wonderful group of friendly local folkloric group to perform in the Britannia Lounge. The ‘Banjam Bacchanal’ dancers, dressed in traditional flowing skirts, and accompanied by an indigenous Barbados Tuk band, entertained all with their lively and infectious enthusiasm.

Whilst upstairs on the Veranda Deck we had the second of Caribbean deck parties, complete with a tropical themed quiz and accompanied by our musical Maestro, the amazing David Reed.

A lovely and truly memorable day was had by all.

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