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7th February, 2018


A few days ago we heard that another ship would be making an unscheduled call into Bequia and we would have to share the same pontoon. Bequia is a very small Island in the Grenadines at only 18m2, so having 2 cruise ships on the same day sharing a landing stage had all the makings of an “interesting” call, with the first ship to arrive getting the best anchorage. However, behind the scenes my team was working on securing a berth at the rather nice Bequia Yacht Club and running our tenders there instead.

Having left St Lucia the evening before at 2300 we proceeded at a high speed to Bequia. Adonia had left 5 hours before us, so I guess our efforts were always going to be optimistic. She arrived at the anchorage at the unsociable hour of 0430. Therefore at 0300 when it became clear we weren’t going to beat her we slowed down and then at 0630 sneaked in and anchored to the north of her. She must have been somewhat surprised at 0700 when our first launch left, but went to the yacht club instead of the small town quay. The Staff Captain went in the first launch to “size up the facilities” and quickly fed back that it was going to work very well. We had a very successful call and all our Guests had a great experience.

Bequia is the 2nd largest Island in the Grenadines and means “island of the clouds” in the ancient Arawak. Princess Margaret, who had a home on nearby Mustique, visited Bequia and had a beach named in her honour. We had four tours running today “Bequia Highlights, Bequia Coastal Cruise, Bequia Snorkel Adventure and Mustique Magic.

It was a windy day at the anchorage so I spent most of it on The Bridge keeping a watchful eye on things. We used the bow thruster throughout to keep the wind ahead and avoid having it blow directly on the beam which could cause the anchor to drag. I have to say the ship’s staff involved in the boating operation did an amazing job, and ensured the call was a huge success.

About an hour after everyone was aboard we had recovered all the boats, secured the pontoon and gangway, and were heading off towards Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Captain Julian Burgess

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