Royal Clipper Caribbean daily blog day 2
Day 2 - St Lucia
I woke early and took a cup of tea from the self service station in the Piano Bar. This is available 24 hours a day and in the morning a Continental breakfast is provided and in the evening a late night snack. There is no opportunity to go hungry!
I took my tea and sat up on deck to enjoy the sailing. We were on our way to St Lucia and although the weather was a little cloudy it was still very warm.
Breakfast in the dining room is available from 8 till 10am every morning and this is buffet style. The usual choices are fresh fruit, cereals, freshly baked breads, fruit juices, cheese and hams as well as the cooked items. There is always a chef there to cook your choice of eggs.
This morning we had another safety drill, I’m not really sure why, but this time it wasn’t necessary to take our life jackets. This was followed by an introduction to the officers, crew and the cruise director. They seem a very happy cheerful bunch. After their introductions we were told that it was possible to go down to the Marina and collect any snorkelling gear that we wanted. There was no charge and we kept the equipment for the duration of the cruise. A great arrangement as it avoided having to bring any with us.
Crew Introductions - Royal Clipper
As we approached St Lucia the cruise director stood on the bridge and gave a brief talk about the port we were visiting and the opportunities available for sightseeing. We were only there for four hours and as today was a Sunday it turned out that there wasn’t much to do!
Royal Clipper in St Lucia
We enjoyed an Italian themed buffet lunch before taking the tender ashore. The port/marina of Rodney Bay contained a couple of bars, there was no where nearby to walk to and unless you were booked on one of the ship’s tours it was not a terribly good example of what St Lucia had to offer. But we found a little bar on the quayside with a live reggae band performing and enjoyed some Caribbean sunshine.
When we returned to Royal Clipper we took the opportunity to swim from the Marina platform. The crew strung out a rope with floating mats attached and there were other aids available to enable you to swim or float safely. We then took a sunbed on deck in preparation for the sails to be raised for our gentle departure from St Lucia.
Sailing away from St Lucia - Royal Clipper
Dinner this evening in the elegant dining room was again excellent. All the food is beautifully presented and already there was a very friendly, chatty atmosphere as the guests had got to know each other during the day and were enjoying sharing their experiences of St Lucia.
This evening in the Tropical Bar we had a Royal Clipper Fashion Show. The models were the young Swedish sports team of two boys and one girl, together with a couple of enterprising passengers. There was a lot of laughter as they paraded in various items available from the shop on board. Everyone really enjoyed this casual laid back activity.
We finished our day with a walk around deck and I was completely overwhelmed with the beauty of sailing under the stars with no other sound than the flap of the sails and creak of the masts. Wonderful....
- Read the preceding day here - Royal Clipper blog day 1 - Barbados
- Read the next day here - Royal Clipper blog day 3 - Dominica