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St Johns, Antigua

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13th February, 2016

We arrived into the natural harbour of St. John’s, Antigua early this morning, taking our place on the quayside alongside another ship, whose Captain seemed intent in engaging in a form of the wacky races as we made our way along the channel!

The baroque towers of St. John’s Cathedral make a very clear landmark on our approach and St. John’s is so used to receiving cruise ships that the pilots and immigrations officials are swift in their actions. Hence the passengers were soon heading off on their tours which included mangrove kayaking, an island tour, a catamaran sail and snorkel, and the amazing opportunity to fly in a helicopter over the neighbouring island of Montserrat. With the passengers away I put the crew through their paces with the weekly drill and by the time it was finished we were already welcoming some passengers back onboard.

Tonight was yet another late sail and we were delighted to welcome onboard performers from the National Youth Choir and Dance Theatre of Antigua and Barbuda to entertain our guests in the Britannia Lounge as they presented their fabulous show ‘A Little Bit of Paradise’.

Today was also an extremely special day onboard as one of our passengers, Mrs Kate Thatcher, celebrated her 100th birthday and on behalf of all my Officers, Staff and Crew I’d like to wish Mrs Thatcher many happy returns on this momentous occasion.

Come 11pm, with all passengers onboard and all 43 local entertainers (yes I counted them!) off the ship we cast off our lines and made our way back out through the channel and on to our penultimate Caribbean port of call, St Kitts.

Captain Wesley Dunlop

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