Royal Clipper Caribbean daily blog day 4

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Royal Clipper Caribbean daily blog day 4

Day 4 - Antigua

I was on deck this morning for our early morning arrival into Falmouth Harbour, Antigua. We had a short presentation from the Cruise Director and she confirmed that we would be able to enjoy the Captain Nemo Spa at the Beach today as well as sports activities with the sports team, a pareo tying demonstration on the beach - sarong to you and me - and there would be a Barbeque lunch on the beach for all guests. It was quickly evident that there was one tender used purely to take the kitchen team and all their equipment to the shore, a lot of effort went into this.

Tender to shore - Royal Clipper

Tender to shore - Royal Clipper

After breakfast we took the tender ashore and explored the small harbour full of sailing boats, tackle shops, cafes and saw a complete wall decorated with adverts from boats wishing to hire crew. While enjoying a coffee in the sunshine we watched the crew from one mega yacht loading their vessel with supplies.

Antigua

Antigua

We walked from the harbour round to the beach, one of more than 365 on the island and found a shady spot under a tree. The perfect setting for a lazy day.

Beach Buffet on Royal Clipper

Beach Buffet on Royal Clipper

Beach Buffet on Royal Clipper

Beach Buffet on Royal Clipper

The ship’s crew prepared a wonderful buffet with separate salad and dessert tables as well as the grill. All the food was so fresh and attractively presented and everyone enjoyed their al fresco lunch. Our afternoon was spent swimming and relaxing - lovely.

On our return to the boat we enjoyed some afternoon melodies in the Tropical Bar from the resident duo before changing for dinner. This evening we were joined at our table by the Head of the sports team and spent an enjoyable hour learning about his role on the ship. The team of three are all under 20 years and from the same area in Sweden although they did not know each other until they joined the ship. He explained that they are all fully qualified in sailing and water sports techniques and have officer accreditation on the ship. Part of their responsibility is to join guests for dinner in the evening! Considering that there was quite an age difference between him and some of the guests he accomplished this duty very well.

After dinner we were treated to a performance by the best steel band in the Caribbean who came on board to entertain us. They were superb and had everyone dancing, but not as rhythmically as they performed , although we did try!

Sailaway tonight was after the band had been taken back to shore and it was lovely to recline under the stars and enjoy this magical time.

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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