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12th November, 2014


‘Max No Tax’ was our taxi driver when we took a few hours off later in the morning after arrival in St. George’s. Max was the complete character his ‘business’ card’ implied. A Caribbean character that certainly made us smile, and was right on time for our pick up at a quieter beach a little further around the coast.

Grenada has certainly become more popular since the international airport was built in the early 80’s. Large cruise ships could only anchor before the new pier was built and smaller vessels used to have to enter the very pretty Carenage. Here there was much Caribbean ‘colour’, local ladies selling spices who set up their stalls outside the dock gate, and a stroll around the water front would take you past local ferries and fishing boats. A ‘mall’ like structure at the head of the new pier now greets passengers, but I always tell folks to press on past this not so pretty introduction, turn right outside and walk through the slightly claustrophobic Victorian Sendal tunnel (an experience in itself, one way traffic but no footpath). The vista of the old harbour that awaits is well worth the effort, and there is always the added bonus of trying a Rum Punch at the Nutmeg bar upon arrival.

Passengers were able to get a great view of the sunset up on deck, and shortly after we left and headed into the deeper darkness, south towards the coast of Venezuela.

Captain Philip Rentell

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