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6th February, 2016

Roseau, Dominica

Well Ladies and Gentlemen I’m happy to report…..we made it! Saturday morning saw our first landfall as we approached our first port of call in the Caribbean, Roseau on the island of Dominica. Our arrival however had brought with it some extremely strong Trade Winds and as we approached our berth the wind was gusting in excess of 40 knots off the quay. Nevertheless one thing this job has taught me is that patience is a virtue and with some excellent team work from the chaps on the Bridge and on stations fore and aft we managed to crab our way slowly towards the berth and run our lines so that we made all fast right on schedule.

One of our most popular tours today was entitled ‘Pools and Falls’, and this excursion began with a drive through a Botanical Park so our passengers could see the tall exotic trees and rare birds including the Sisserou and Jaco Parrots. From there they headed to the village of Trafalgar for a unique view of the Falls which cascade from the deep gorge they have carved. This was followed by a short trek with a tour guide which led to a viewing platform for a closer look at those majestic waterfalls. Leaving Trafalgar Falls our guests passed through the outskirts of Roseau and headed up the valley to a local watering hole for some welcome refreshment. This was followed by a journey to the Trois Pitons National Park, passing cliffs with a wealth of flora, fauna and exotic birds ending at the Emerald Pool where they trekked through the rainforest to the 40-foot cascading waterfall, one of the gems of Dominica.

Our departure time was not set until 10pm which allowed our Cruise department to hold a ‘Dancing Under The Stars’ evening out on our open decks, accompanied by a performance from one of the leading steel pan bands in Dominica, ‘Phase Five’.

With everyone now suitably in the ‘Caribbean way’ we departed and continue our island hopping…

Captain Wesley Dunlop

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