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14th February, 2016

Basseterre, St Kitts

The approach to St Kitts is a tricky one, the finger pier that has been built there lies in a north south direction and is extremely exposed to the prevailing easterly trade winds and a strong current that moves across the Bay. Our two jovial pilots joined me on the Bridge as planned at 7am and as we discussed the plan for our berthing manoeuvre the pilot asked me who I thought built the pier, my reply was ‘certainly not a navigator’, he smiled and went on to tell me it was in fact a shoemaker……..Caribbean logic I guess?!

I set about turning Saga Sapphire through 180 degrees and began creeping astern to our berth, fighting against the elements, and with the aid of the local tug we were able to hold Sapphire up against the wind and current sufficiently so that our mooring lines could be sent ashore, and by 8am we were all fast.

Tours today included Beach by Water Taxi, Rainforest Discovery and the very popular St Kitts Scenic Railway, billed as one of the most beautiful train rides in the world.

We set sail in the early evening and love was most certainly in the air tonight as I hosted a very special Valentines Cocktail Party in the Britannia lounge, featuring a fabulous performance from our Passenger Choir. Cabaret Showtime saw us welcome to the stage the incredibly talented vocalist and comedian Paul Fredericks as he wowed the audience with his superb vocal range and charming personality.

Captain Wesley Dunlop

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