Having just returned from a fortnight’s cruise in the Caribbean would like to share some of the experience in a blog. In the past have written a daily post but this time it was not possible due to weak internet access, but better late than never…………..
Was lucky enough to have three lovely travelling companions who made the trip fun and meant that am still giggling about some of the jokes they made
Wilmot was born on the island of St Kitts and he wanted to visit the place around his 60th birthday which was on 3 January this year, hence the cruise idea. Now, go on and say it, he doesn’t look 60, does he? Definitely not. As fit as a fiddle, or as a choreographer.
Then there is Peter, in his own words ’54, good-looking. naturally curly hair’. What more is there to say?
Thirdly, Giorgio, hails from Italy but has been living in the UK for the past six years and makes a splendid drag queen.
The four of us made a motley crew and many times I was asked what my relationship was to the other three, which one was my son, etc.
We met up at Gatwick Airport on a grey December morning and landed roughly eight hours later in Barbados. Would have liked to have written sunny Barbados but it was cloudy and began to rain as we left the plane but the temperature was most pleasant. We were transported to the port by bus and our first view of the cruise ship was a bit of a shock. It is absolutely huge and out of all proportion to everything around it, except other cruise ships of course. Must say at this point that I am totally against the idea of a cruise with regard to the environment but decided to go as wanted to be with the boys on their holiday. Now I know what it’s like I may not need to go on another one. We’ll see.
This cruise lasted 14 days and after Bridgetown, Barbados visited St Lucia, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique, St Vincent, Grenada, Tortola, St Maarten, Antigua, St Kitts and Bequia.
On St Lucia we were lucky enough to visit some friends of Peter and Wilmot’s who have built a house there and spend as much time as they can on the island, although they live and work in London. It was lovely to be in a private home and to be able to ask about life in St Lucia. A beautiful place and one of my favourites amongst all the islands we saw.
We docked in Guadeloupe on New Year’s Day so everything was closed and there was a desolate feel to the place as the above pictures show. It all seemed a bit run down and was in stark contrast to St Lucia the day before.
We visited the rain forest area which was very green
Next stop Martinique where we climbed up the hill to a little chapel and had a wonderful view down over the town and bay. We visited the central library which was impressive and we enjoyed a bit of wifi and tasty coffee in a cafe.
Now, am going to take a break and hope to continue the journey soon.