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4th February, 2014

St. George’s, Grenada

St. George’s, Grenada.
MV Saga Sapphire sailed overnight and docked in our second port of call in the Caribbean, St George’s in Grenada at 8:00am this morning. Since I have started coming here in the late 90’s we used to berth Saga Rose inside the harbour at times as that was the only berth but it was extremely tight and weather dependent. However in the early start of 2000, the authorities built this rather good pier which is well fendered and is of good position. It is built on the side of the island where the current runs south and again through experience I was expecting some drift as we approached the berth. So I always approach at a suitable angle in which to see how the current is affecting the ship on the day and if it is too strong, as it can be, and we cant stop the drift, I have enough room to go astern and get out of the way. So we approached but it was good to see this morning, the current wasn’t too strong so we edge into position and touched the fenders gently. I took the ship as far to the end of the pier as possible to leave as little distance for our guests to walk as possible.  It is the most southerly of the Windward Islands and is also known as the ‘Spice Isle’ as aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla are carried on the gentle breeze.

I must admit coming to this Island and the other Caribbean Islands, is a bit of a family connection for me as my Great Great Grandfather, was Head Gardener at the St Vincent Botanical Gardens at one point in the early 1900’s. I always remember my mother telling me about her old aunts being on Grenada and Antigua. So I always make sure I dutifully buy the local spices for my mother for her cooking. I buy them too as I dabble a bit in cooking myself, but wouldn’t tell too many people!!!!

The town was a short walk from the port and passengers were able to wander into the town centre at their leisure. Alternatively water taxis were stationed at the end of the jetty which took passengers to Grande Anse Beach where they can relax and enjoy this paradise island

St. George’s, Grenada.
There were a variety of shore excursions to choose from today including ‘Island Highlights’ which gave a in depth tour of the island. Visits to a nutmeg station, the oldest working water wheel in the western hemisphere at the River Antoine Estate where passengers learnt about the fascinating rum-making process and also taste the finished product. Passengers on this tour also visited to the Grand Etang National Park to see the cobalt-blue lake which lies in the crater of an extinct volcano 1,900 feet above sea level. The ‘Sunnyside Gardens’ tour took passengers to the classical and colonial gardens containing citrus plants, spices, fruits and flowering trees. It is situated about 600 feet above sea level and surrounded by 150 year old mahogany trees. The ‘Glimpse of St Georges’ tour took passengers through the city’s streets from the comfort of the coach. Passengers saw Fort Frederick built by the British during the French Revolution and various other points of interest in the surrounding area.

We sailed from Grenada at 6:00pm. The Perfect Mood Duo were out on deck playing some musical melodies as we left St. George’s. Passengers relaxed and enjoyed  the cocktail of the day as we sailed away from this paradise island and headed towards our next port of call.

This evening The Auralio String Quartet performed an after-dinner classical concert in the Drawing Room entitled ‘An Evening of Film Music’. And for our Cabaret Showtime in the Britannia Lounge we welcomed West End Star of Evita, Miss Saigon and Cats, Jacqui Scott. For the night owls, Lily and Zoltan entertained with their musical cabaret in the Drawing Room and our resident cocktail pianist played in the Cooper’s Bar until the early hours.

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