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9th February, 2018


Having been able to make good speed overnight I was keen to try and improve on the scheduled 1000 arrival into Barbados. With the pilot on board at 0840 we headed into the azure blue harbour at Bridgetown and docked head in at 0910, so an improved arrival time for our guests.

Located beside the island’s only natural harbour, the capital of Barbados combines modern and colonial architecture with glorious palm tree-lined beaches and a number of historical attractions. The city is renowned for its British-style parliament buildings and vibrant beach life , and has often been called “Little England”. Cricket of course has traditionally been the national game. The Island has produced some of the sport’s greatest players, including the batsmen Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes and George Headley; the bowler Malcolm Marshall, and the all-rounders Sir Garfield Sobers and Sir Frank Worrell.

It was a beautiful final day for our final port of call in the Caribbean and we had 6 shore excursions on offer to tempt our guests including the “Catamaran Turtle Encounter” and “Harrisons Cave Experience”. One of our guest lecturers, Captain Tim Orchard who was a Concorde pilot, escorted the “Barbados & the Concorde Experience” and gave lots of extra detail which made it very personalised.

Barbados is probabaly my favourite Island in the Caribbean as to me it has everything you need for such a location. Great golf courses, beautiful beaches, friendly people, a great choice of restaurants from fine dining to the local shacks on the beach, and of course a lot of history!!

Well this evening it was time to say farewell to Barbados, and the Caribbean – so we gave a rousing tune on the ship’s whistle. 40 minutes later we were clear of the port and heading south to clear the Island’s southern shores before heading east towards Port Praia, Cape Verde.

Captain Julian Burgess

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