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8th February, 2018


It was a very calm and mystical sunrise this morning as we made our approach towards Port of Spain, Trinidad. There was a light mist tip-toeing above the horizon, which evaporated as we approached the pilot station for embarking at 0700. Rob our 3rd Office kept the con (control) of the ship to complete our engine astern tests, and steering tests, before embarking the pilot. We do this prior to each arrival as a standard procedure. Rob then kept the con until the inner harbour when I took over, completed a swift pirouette (the ship not me), and then “backed up” to the berth. We were all fast by 0750 and Guests were ready to go ashore shortly after 8 o’clock.

Port of Spain, the capital and commercial centre of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, is the country’s third largest town. It has architecture from around the world from Hindu temples to gingerbread Rococo. Trinidad, home of the carnival and the steel band, is an astonishing melting-pot of people and cultures – including African, Oriental, Indian, European and New World. It is also home to an interesting array of South American flora, as well as more than 400 species of birds.

There was a myriad of tours on offer including a mystery tour where only the guide and driver knew where they were going – a real unique experience. A couple of tours went out to the Caroni Bird Sanctuary, one of which included kayaking. It would appear that these 2 were a real highlight for many guests. The Caroni bird sanctuary was established in 1953 and sprawls across a tidal lagoon and maze of mangrove lined waterways. One of the most spectacular features of the Sanctuary occurs at sunset when thousands of Scarlet Ibis and Egrets return to make their roost for the night. Apparently this happens like clockwork every day.

With everyone on board we slipped our lines and retraced our tracks through the harbour and buoyed channel. Next stop Barbados for our final port of the Caribbean.

Captain Julian Burgess

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