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29th November, 2012

Sailing into Port Castries brought back many happy memories. My first memory of the port dates back to 1978 when there was only one berth suitable for passenger ships. Today it’s quite a different picture with facilities to accommodate 4 large cruise ship. We were the first of the three passenger ships lined up to enter the harbour today at 6.30am. The sun had just risen which was nice to see but made sighting the leading lights very difficult indeed. However with the modern radars and electronic charts navigation is considerably easier than it was back in 1978. Besides, our pilot Guy Bousquet knew the port like the back of his hand having inherited the knowledge from his father a former harbour pilot.

Saga Sapphire was fortunate enough to dock just a stone’s throw from the centre of the town of Castries. It is arguably one of the loveliest Island in the Caribbean, let alone the World.

Being that we were in such a picturesque port, there were some exciting shore excursions on offer. The first to depart from the Britannia Lounge this morning was the ‘Morne Coubaril and La Soufriere’ tour. This tour involved taking passengers to a working cocoa plantation and featuring several scenic drives through some lush countryside. A great tour was had by all.

For those with a head for heights there was an uplifting ‘St Lucia Aerial Tram’ trip, 2000 feet above sea level. This open top gondola dangled passengers in the rainforest canopy, and on the descent, gave stunning panoramic views of the north eastern corner of the island. The tour was rounded off with a stroll around the lush gardens and a much needed rum punch.

As we were in St Lucia, the location of Saga’s Caribbean resort, we were delighted to welcome some guests from the Bel Jou Hotel. Our visitors were treated to a forty five minute tour of the ship followed by a delicious lunch for all in ‘Pole to Pole’ (restaurant).

After all of the excitement of the day, there was still plenty going on around the ship. In the main lounge, passengers were treated to international vocalist, Dana.

Dana, winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, wowed audiences with a number of her classic hits like ‘All Kinds of Everything’ and ‘Please Tell Him That I Said Hello’. The popular celebrity held the jam packed Britannia Lounge in the palm of her hand for a phenomenal fifty five minutes.

A lovely way to end our memorable visit to St.Lucia. I guess the next time I’ll visit the island is if I take part in the ARC race?

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