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10th February, 2013

St Georges, Grenada

The crew on the river tubing tour

St George’s port facilities again took the form of a finger pier jutting out perpendicular to the shore line. Arriving as usual with the rising sun, we turned off of the berth and moved astern into position alongside before making fast and running out the gang plank (well, a more elaborate version of one at least).

Shortly after arriving the AIDA Luna moored opposite us again, sharing the finger pier and sunshine of the ‘Island of Spice’.

Grenada produces over a third of the world’s nutmeg. Not bad considering that the first trees were brought to the Island in 1843. Mace, cloves, cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon and ginger are also grown for export, hence the island’s nickname.

Although discovered by Columbus during his third voyage, the island wasn’t successfully colonised by Europeans until 1649 when the French ousted the native Carib’s arriving from nearby Martinique. In the 18th century, Grenada was ceded to Britain by treaty and remains an independent commonwealth realm recognising Queen Elizabeth II as the islands monarch.

More recent history includes the 1983 invasion by the US military after Ronald Reagan deemed the islands increasing ties with Cuba a little too unhealthy for his liking, with democracy being restored to the island in 1984.

Enjoying the water

Thanks to the generosity of our previous passengers, some of the ship’s crew were ready to take advantage of the islands natural resources and went off on a tour arranged by the Crew Welfare Committee. This consisted of river tubing for the afternoon down the Balthazar River.

The river winds its way through the old Balthazar Estate flanked by rain forest and allowed our participating crew to enjoy the exotic scenery and some of the wildlife as they were taken along by the river’s current in an inflatable rubber ring. Sounded like fun by all accounts! Thank you to Staff Captain Steve James for the photographs!

At 1800, with all crew dried off and passengers accounted for, the Saga Sapphire headed out into the Atlantic towards the island of Barbados.

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