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4th December, 2012

St Vincent

It’s been a while since I’ve been to Kingstown and there are a noticeable number of changes. I remember that the passenger berth was under construction and we then shared the commercial berth with the banana boats that called on a weekly basis. Today we had the passenger berth to ourselves and shortly after the pilot made his way up to the Bridge I spun the ship around and approached the passenger berth stern first. By 8.00am we were secured alongside and after a swift clearance the passengers headed for the tour buses.

The town was nestled between the towering mountains and the deep aquamarine waters of the bay, and all around the hills were covered with a lush green foliage. The country is relatively underdeveloped to the rest of the Caribbean, and because of this it still retains its pristine natural beauty.

Nature enthusiasts were spoilt for choice with the tours going off today. Most of the excursions involved water based activities, and this was definitely the case with our first tour to ‘Beautiful Bequia’. This highly recommended excursion took passengers to a beautiful nearby island. From there one had a chance to wander around the historic local town. Following that there was a scrumptious buffet lunch, a swim or a snorkel on a secluded beach, and an hour long cruise to a place called the ‘Moonhole’ to finish the tour.

There was the half day ‘Discover St Vincent’ tour to the oldest Botanical Gardens in the western hemisphere; whilst admiring the mixture of colonial and modern architecture, the excursion was concluded with drinks stop at the picturesque ‘Villa Beach’.

The crew were permitted to swim off the pier right next to the ship which proved to be very popular, especially with those who only have a short time off for lunch.

Having turned the ship around on arrival and now facing the open sea it was a matter of letting go the ropes and with a light breeze pressing the ship off the quay we headed out towards the setting sun at 5.30pm. Five minutes later the sun was kissing the blue sea and as it dipped below the horizon everyone watching the sail away saw the most spectacular “green flash”.

In the Drawing Room, after dinner, passengers gathered for a second chance to crack the case of the ‘Sherlock Holmes Musical Murder Mystery’.

An intriguing forty five minutes was had by all our willing detectives.

Those who were downstairs in the Britannia Lounge were treated to another extravaganza from our on board Show Team ‘Explosive Productions’ in ‘West End to Broadway’.

Another memorable day ends.

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