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9th February, 2016

Port of Spain, Trinidad

We arrived promptly into Port of Spain, Trinidad. This is the most southerly point of our cruise, and we had passed the island of Tobago in the early hours of the morning. With the ship cleared by the local authorities our passengers headed ashore to enjoy their shore excursions. These included the Caroni Bird Sanctuary, Mount St Benedict Monastery, Jeep Safari and the Carnival Parade of Bands.

Trinidad is rightly famous for its carnival and the latter tour presented passengers with the chance to sample some of the delights of the colourful occasion. Whilst on the quayside seeing the passengers ashore this morning the charming security lady from the terminal showed me some pictures on her phone from the Carnival. I have to say the dancers costumes (or lack thereof!) were quite a sight at that time in the morning…….

Most of the tours were in the morning, so there were a number of activities in the afternoon including the chance to participate in the traditional deck games of shuffleboard, connect four and deck quoits as well as the opportunity to test the grey matter at a general knowledge quiz.

With all aboard we set sail at 7pm and passed through the Boca Grande once more, the body of water separating Trinidad and Venezuela, plotting a north easterly course towards one of my favourite islands in the Caribbean, Barbados.

Captain Wesley Dunlop

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