Royal Clipper Caribbean Cruise Blog Day 3
I woke up really early (5am!) and looked out my porthole and saw the sun rising over Nevis - so as I was awake I quickly showered and headed up to the open decks of Royal Clipper. It was wonderful to be outside, with the warm Caribbean breezes, local birds flying in the ships slipstream and I even spotted some flying fish skimming over the blue waters of the sea. There were a few people up and about and it was a lovely moment to just take it all in -St Kitts on the horizon, almost glowing in the early morning sun, the golden rays saturating the vibrant lush green vegetation on the slopes of the dormant volcano.
After we arrived I had a quick breakfast and then it was time for the tender to shore for our shore excursion - Safari Island Drive. This was in a large bus with open sides so you could see out and get good views, called The Tangerine Fun Truck. Our driver/guide introduced himself as Christian - and he was quite a colourful character. He had a Rasta hat on, sun weathered face, a multi coloured beard that he dyed red, green and yellow and a very bright outfit! What a cool guy! If you are heading to St Kitts I would recommend you try and book him for a tour - he was great - so informative and knowledgeable and seemed to know most people on the island!
We started off with a drive through Basseterre, the capital, and then were soon heading along the coast road. I did not realise that St Kitts had so much history to it - a lot of it colonial and relating to the sugar and rum industry. After leaving town we headed along the main coast road to Romney Manor Gardens and Batik, where we had a good 30 mins to look around the stunning lush gardens and also got to see how Batik is made - it's a traditional Indonesian art form that has been adopted in the West Indies too. As we made our way around the island, Christian pointed out lots of places of interest, historical facts as well as information about modern day living on St Kitts. We arrived at Gibbons Hill, where the cold Atlantic ocean meets the warm Caribbean Sea, and at the confluence the waters get pretty choppy - we had great views here then it was off to see Black Rocks - where the sea has eroded volcanic lava into statuesque pillars of black rock. Finally we arrived in Frigate Bay, where the ship had moved too, and it was a short tender ride on to the Royal Clipper.
That evening it was Pirate Night - a number of the other guests had managed to fashion something fairly piraty out of their clothes, - our group did pretty well with striped shirts and bandanas! The evening meal was again delicious and this was followed by pirate themed games up in the tropical bar, followed by dancing, it was another fun, great night!