Wednesday, 4 February 2015
04.02.2015 - 04.02.2015
The winds had eased but there was still some significant cloud cover as we approached the island of St Lucia. We are still in the general area of the West Indies but on the Eastern edge which touches on the Atlantic Ocean. When we berthed we were the third ship in port, the other two being the Costa Fortuna and the Thomson Celebration.
Today our Shore Excursion included a historic mansion that overlooks the beautiful harbour then another grand house where they create and sell Batik fabrics and products. Along the way our guide explained that the sugar cane industry had been replace by bananas which are primarily grown for and exported to the United Kingdom. The sole remnant of the sugar industry is the Rum Distillery where we were taken on a tour and afterwards provided with taste samples of their many blends and liqueurs. The rum is now fermented and distilled from molasses imported from Grenada.
The island is based on a volcano and boasts some steep hills, narrow roads and no discernible traffic rules. The driver was amazing and managed to pilot through and around places that the average motorist in Australia wouldn't contemplate. The young guide was very enthusiastic and once again provided an overload of dates, places and people.
Back at the ship for lunch and opted to stay aboard and take in the afternoon movie in the Theatre. Not sure what we expected but after 15 minutes we decided we'd had enough of "Get On Up" and left. Returned to the cabin and caught up on some sleep. Donald and Mary joined us for dinner after which Jenny and I elected to see a repeat performance by that master of magic - Jeff Peterson. The only common item between this and the previous show was his use of the lamp to indicate lies. Very, very clever.
Tomorrow we dock in Bridgetown, Barbados. Arriving at 0700 and departing at 1630
If you want to look at what I've been up to you can view my latest photo by following this link to the image for Today
Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony