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30th November, 2012

Grenada

The last day of the month and it’s St. Andrew’s Day, and here we are at St. George’s on the spice island of the Caribbean. Accordingly the St. Andrew’s flag was flying proudly from our yard arm alongside the St. David’s flag.

The weather is fantastic and everybody on board is overjoyed to be in the glorious sunshine with such a delightful town just a few steps away from the ship. Arrival was delayed very slightly as I waited for the Boudicca to dock first. However, it did not affect our tour departures as it was a fairly short run in from the pilot boarding ground to the berth and I rang finished with engines at 7.55am.

St Georges is a very interesting place; it is a blend of Caribbean vibrancy and French Colonialism. The town of St George’s is dominated by a striking fort that overlooks the horse-shaped inner harbour. The many red tiled roofs on the houses in combination with the natural harbour and its traditional warehouses, gives the town an almost European feel.

For those interested in a bit of retail therapy, there’s a shopping centre and the main high street just at the end of the quayside. Everything from everyday items, through to local handicrafts and delicacies are on display. It is just the place to pick something up for someone special back home. Also very close by there are plenty of bars and cafes to sit and people watch, or just enjoy the delightful sun.

There are a variety of shore excursions going off today, the first of which is the ‘West Coast Drive and the Grand Etang National Park’. Following this there is the all-day ’Island Highlights’, which takes in Grenada’s most important and interesting points from Beausejour Bay to a prominent spice estate. For something different there is a short trip to the ‘Sunnyside Gardens’, a delightful garden perched about 600 feet above sea level.

With everyone back on board we recovered the gangway and let go the ropes at 7.15 pm and headed for El Guamache, Margarita Island.

Tonight, with it being St Andrew’s Day, upstairs in the Drawing Room we have a Scottish themed cabaret featuring Social Hostess Donna Fraser. It will be a traditional sing along and a wee Scottish jig no doubt and probably a dram or two! Whilst downstairs in the main showroom, The Britannia Lounge; tonight’s guest artist is one of Britain’s funny men, none other than Dave Kristen.



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