Royal Clipper Caribbean daily blog day 5
Day 5 - St Kitts
This morning we anchored off the island of St Kitts. We had decided to take a ship’s tour ’Safari Island Drive’ and at 8am we were on the tender to Basseterre. The Royal Clipper was moored here just to let people taking tours ashore and was then moving around the island to South Friar’s Bay.
We soon joined our driver/guide in his open sided safari vehicle and were given a 3.5hr drive around the island with plenty of stops for photo taking as well as an opportunity to visit a Batik commune and some beautiful gardens.
Homemade rum punch
What set this tour apart from other sightseeing tours was that at each point we stopped the back of the van was opened and we were invited to have some rum punch made by the guide’s wife, great fun. Soft drinks were also available.
Harley Davidsons on St Kitts
His commentary and knowledge was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed learning more about this lovely island. At one of our stops ’Black Rocks’ we were amazed to find 30 Harley Davidsons , their drivers and passengers. They were all from America and we found that they were all on a Celebrity Caribbean Cruise. Apparently a Tour Operator in the States arranges a themed cruise where all the bikers can take their own HDs and on each island they take a tour with a guide and police escort. They were all having a ball!
At the end of our tour we were taken to Friar’s Bay where Royal Clipper had arranged for their guests to use the facilities of the beach club. But we preferred to take a stroll along the beach to a less ’manufactured’ lunch spot and found the Shipwreck Bar and Restaurant where we enjoyed a swim and lunch while we watched the pelicans diving into the sea in front of us on their fishing expeditions.
We returned to the boat in time for the 4pm sailaway and I think everyone was on deck on this lovely sunny afternoon to enjoy the spectacle.
During the cruise there were opportunities to climb the mast, visit the engine room, haul on the ropes to help raise the sails and my favourite, bounce in the net at the prow of the ship. It was amazing to be safely hung from the side over the water as we sailed along.
This evening had the theme Pirates Night and as well as dressing appropriately we enjoyed a very lively dinner and saw the Captain and some of the officers dressed very menacingly attempt to sieze control of the ship. It was great fun and created a great atmosphere. We shared a table with two couples from Virginia and we all thoroughly enjoyed the spontaneous entertainment.
Dinner was followed by crab racing in the Tropical Bar and we had the opportunity to bet on our favourite crab and mine won!