Royal Clipper Caribbean daily blog day 3

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Royal Clipper Caribbean daily blog day 3

Day 3 - Dominica

This morning after a lovely breakfast we were on deck for our scheduled arrival in Cabrits, Dominica at 1030. Before our arrival there was an opportunity for any guests that wished to take photos of the ship in full sail to join a tender, two were lowered, which then motored around the ship allowing for spectacular photos to be taken. It was such a fantastic opportunity and well used by many of the guests.

Royal Clipper in full sail

Royal Clipper in full sail

Royal Clipper in full sail

Royal Clipper in full sail

We arrived alongside in Dominica and then found that this was the first time that Royal Clipper had used this very small landing stage and the local officials weren’t quite ready for our arrival. This created quite a long delay so instead of taking the tender to the beach for a couple of hours we just had time to explore the grounds of the Cabrits National Park next door to our berth. We then returned to the ship for a superb seafood buffet before leaving again for our excursion ’River Tubing Adventure’!

The description of the tour said ’get ready to get wet’ and they weren’t wrong! We took a 45 minute drive across the very green and verdant island that is the land of 365 rivers and a huge rainforest. We had an enjoyable drive through villages and up hillsides until we reached the launch site. We were provided with life vests, a very large modified inner tube and a paddle. Already advised to wear swimwear and water shoes, we were ready to go. Gently spinning and swirling in the current we meandered down the river admiring the exotic scenery as we went. There were some white water rapids to navigate down and it was all very good fun. The water was shallow and throughout our descent there were guides stationed in the water to assist with anyone falling in - that was me - or getting stuck on the river bank. There was no danger at all and the tour was enjoyed by everyone that participated.

On arrival at the landing stage at the end of the river we were helped out of the water and walked to the reception centre for some rum punch and fresh fruit. I had my very first piece of sugar cane that was quite delicious.

Our return to the ship showed us the coastal side of Dominica, there are not many beaches and no 4* or 5* hotels so the island is relatively unspoilt and really beautiful. The cost of this excursion was 52 euros per person which I thought was very reasonable.

Back on Royal Clipper we enjoyed the sailaway at 4pm accompanied by the stirring music of Vangelis. Once we were under sail there was an opportunity for intrepid guests to climb the mast, and plenty wanted to do this, but I preferred to sit and admire their adventurous spirit!

Dinner this evening was followed by a Pub Quiz in the Tropical Bar. We made a team with our dining companions from dinner and a very competitive hour ensued.

Once the quiz was finished we made our way up to the Bridge where one of the Deck Cadets gave an excellent guide to the stars and constellations that were visible, very interesting and informative.

And so to bed after another lovely day on our Caribbean cruise.

Royal Clipper is part of the Star Clippers fleet of three windjammer sailing ships. See here for more information - Star Clippers Cruises

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