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6th December, 2012


Our time in the Caribbean has flown by and today we arrived at our penultimate stop, the delightful port of Pointe-a-Pitre.

Again another familiar call for me but not one I had been to for more than 15 years. Well I’m pretty certain that’s right as I personally cannot recall coming here on either the Rose or Ruby. So it took a little time for the memory to recognise the familiar landmarks as we sailed in towards our berth under the guidance of our pilot at 7.00am.

It’s not your typical Caribbean city. It is rather built up, with all the hustle and bustle of a European town. A vast contrast to the relaxed atmosphere of most of the places we have visited over the last week or so.

The ship’s crew, especially the female members, were excited by the shopping opportunities on offer in the high street; a short distance from the ship. A two mile long semi-pedestrianized street held a plethora of fantastic dress shops with bargains galore to be snapped up by savvy shoppers.

The shore excursions department had once again organised a number of phenomenal tours. From climbing up ‘La Soufriere’ a volcanic crater, to a guided tour around the Longueteau Distillery, or a panoramic trip glimpsing some of Guadeloupe’s most famous sights, there was a trip suited to everybody’s taste.

For those not interested in going ashore there was still plenty to do on board the vessel. Starting off with a game of putt-putt around St Andrews! Then just before lunch we had a round of deck quoits, between the rain showers.

All too soon it was time to set sail again and whilst we were navigating the Sapphire out of Point a Pitre, a sail-away party with live music from our talented pianist David Reed was enjoyed on the Veranda Deck aft. Plenty of refreshing cocktails were sipped as the fading vista of Guadeloupe disappeared in the evening light.

Tomorrow is our last port in the Caribbean….shucks!

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