Busy days (and nights!).
great to see some others have joined in the blogging business - I think Richard was getting lonely!!
Sorry not to have blogged for a few days, but we have been busy trying to fit everything in. We go ashore in the mornings, then there's the swimming, afternoon tea, sailaway drinks, pre-dinner cocktails, dinner, show, competitions, dancing and quizzes before retiring with a large drink and getting some sleep before we start again - Phew!!!
Anyway we did a brilliant catamaran trip in Antigua, with a nice cruise, a bit of snorkelling on a coral reef, lunch on board, visit to a beach and back to the ship. The trip was nice, snorkelling was even nicer, the luch was OK and so was the beach, but guess what- we had free booze all day!!!!!!!!!!! I was well puggled by the time we got back to the ship! We started out with rum punch and then progressed onto rum punch without the punch - just the rum and the ice!!
Next was Tortola where we went on another catamaran trip, but this time with fewer drinks! We did a bit of a cruise around the island and then came home on a 'bus'. The buses are like small American trucks with 5 rows of seats and a canopy on the back - quite fun. But the best bit was the roads - steep and twisty is the understatement of the year!! Some of the corners are at about 45 degrees on the inside of the radius - no wonder all the buses have big engines!! Good fun though - we have some more to tell on that one when we see you - Ask about the Bomba Shack!
Then came St. Kitts - very friendly touristy island. Our bus driver on this one was - wait for it................WINSTON!!! Winston took us from the ship to the scenic train, which is a special tourist train that runs on what used to be the sugar cane cargo railway. The train has airconditioned carriages with an open air roof area. most people sat in the roof deck where you get the best views. The train goes for ages and there were free drinks (but in moderation!) and goes around the island for about 3/4 of the way. When the train pulled in I could hear the music playing - 'Oh Holy Child' and i thought I was hearing things, but no, we got Christmas carols all the way!! A really pleasant trip though and very relaxing after the hectic life on the ship!
St. Lucia was yesterday and we had Tea (in the morning) on the Morne. The Morne is a hill and we visited an old colonial house for a quick tour and than had tea on the veranda with spectacular views of the town and harbour. In the afternoon Mandy and I decided to visit the town and in the process we ended up at the Catholic Catherdal (Basilica). We have a brilliant souvenir from there - ask me about it when you see me - it's a great story! We are keeping the blogs a little shorter now because a) we are pushed for time, and b) this system is really slow and it's running away with our time and money (40 quid so far!!). Also we can tell you the stories in person - give you something to look forward to (Richard).
We are currently docked in Roseau, Dominica and are going to be off shortly 'River Tubing'. We'll let you know whether we survive! Tomorrow is Barbados and we have another catamaran/snorkelling/unlimited booze trip, so I may not be able to blog until a day or so later!!
Love from us all,
Mike, Loraine, Mandy Jo and Len.