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20th December, 2015


Our last day at sea before Barbados was in fine weather conditions with a strong following sea, the trade winds had finally been found. During the final half hour of our approach to Bridgetown harbour another cruise vessel that had a medical emergency on board came ‘racing up’ from the west and naturally we hung back to allow him priority. The Master, no doubt somewhat concerned at the time, was kind enough to send a ship’s plaque and letter of thanks over during the afternoon.

Needless to say our guests were quite eager to get ashore and try out their ‘land legs’ and they were only slightly delayed by a very busy quayside. Four cruise ships were alongside and the shuttle buses had to weave their way through a variety of other vehicles servicing them all. The excursions went off on time though and included two scenic tours into the island. Another went to Harrisons Cave, which is formed from crystallised limestone and almost a mile long. Visitors had to descend in a glass lift and pass through the various chambers in an electric tram, witnessing on their journey calcite laden waters dripping from the roof to form stalactites, stalagmites and emerald pools.

There was even a tour by catamaran for a ‘Turtle Encounter’ and I, being somewhat occupied with ships business, left Mrs R to take the ride and report back. They set off in one direction and anchored in a bay up on the beautiful west coast, but the turtles were elusive, so the skipper heaved up and brought his boat back passed the port to try another bay to the south. They were more fortunate, but apparently turtles can be quite nippy in their own environment, and were soon disappearing from the intrepid Saganauts.

We sailed just after sunset, the cumulus filled sky quickly darkening, and headed off to the south. We have five ports in five days before we have a ‘day off’, Christmas Day will be at sea for us this year.

Captain Philip Rentell

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