Thursday, 5 February 2015
05.02.2015 - 05.02.2015
Shortly after 0600 the ship was approaching our destination sailing directly into the rising sun. It is difficult to lineup a decent shot with so much of the ship's superstructure in the way. With the sun hidden amongst the clouds the Ruby performed a half circle pirouette and gracefully backed into her berth providing me with some great photo opportunities.
The P&O "Adonia" was already in port and shortly after the ship was secured we were joined by Royal Caribbean's "Jewel of the Sea". Once again a busy port, in most of our previous experience, our ship was the sole occupant.
We had a late start for our shore excursion with a meeting time of 1050. We found a quiet corner in the Explorers Lounge and read our Kindles for an hour or two. For our tour today we were driven in a large coach across the island to the Harrison's Cave.
The outskirts of Bridgetown is a haphazard collection of poor neighbourhoods with many dwellings appearing to be at various stages of construction. The driver informed us that until a dwelling is 'complete' the owner is not required to pay certain taxes. This avoidance of tax may endure for years. Does make the place look untidy though. The drive took us through a number of villages, each complete with multiple churches, a school, police station,post office and fire brigade.
On arrival at the Harrison's Cave we were allocated a tour number and processed through the reception area to an audio/visual presentation. This provided us with a description of how the island was formed and the history of the cave's development. Our tour of 32 were then directed to a lift where we descended to the base of a depression. For the tour of the caves we were transported in two trailers towed by an electric tow-tractor. The whole tour lasting about an hour.
The driver of the coach took us on a different return route taking us through a number of sugar plantations and some of the more opulent districts back to the ship. In the terminal building we purchases some stamps for post-cards to be sent to Australia. Back on board, Jenny addressed the cards and we returned to the terminal building to post them. It will be interesting to see how long they take to get delivered.
We were on our own for dinner tonight, guess Donald and Mary are worn out from the day's outing. We were surprised to find that we had a new waiter. The previous one left in response to an emergency, his assistant was uncertain and was as surprised as we were.
Went off to the Theatre about an hour early and once again there was standing room only. We witnessed an ugly incident in the row in front of us over the issue of reserving a seat. Possibly a misunderstanding but got quite nasty. The act was vocalist Ric Steel singing great hits from Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Tom Jones and others of that ilk. He was good but not as velvet smooth as most of the originals.
Tomorrow we dock in St George's, Granada. 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