Royal Clipper Caribbean daily blog day 7

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Royal Clipper Caribbean daily blog day 7

Day 7 - Martinique

Our last full day on board saw a very early arrival into Martinique. As happens at every port we visited, the cruise director gave a brief overview of the port and suggestions for independent guests. I am sorry to say that the port of Fort de France was quite a disappointment. It is an industrial town without any prettiness. The streets are tatty and dirty. We did find the local market which gave some colour to an otherwise very dull town. I know that there are many beautiful parts of Martinique, it was a shame that we didn’t visit one of these.

We returned to the boat in time for a delicious Asian Buffet lunch and then everyone was on deck for the final sailaway of the cruise. Volunteers were requested to help haul the sails, 10 guests for one sail!

Royal Clipper

The afternoon was then spent on deck with knot tying, sarong tying, towel folding and water gymnastics available for guests to participate in.

Royal Clipper

While we sailed on our way back to Barbados, lookout crew were calling out when they spotted Whales and Dolphins.

Our final dinner was spent with some guests we hadn’t met before and we all enjoyed sharing tales and experiences from this wonderful cruise.

Sunset on Royal Clipper

In the Tropical Bar after dinner a slide show was shown of pictures taken during the course of the cruise. There was also an opportunity to contribute to the Crew Fund and purchase a raffle ticket to win a Sea Chart showing the route of our cruise, signed by the Captain and Officers. A lovely souvenir for the lucky winner.

Royal Clipper in full sail

Royal Clipper

So our wonderful cruise on board the Royal Clipper was nearly over. I have to say that I loved every minute of it. Having an opportunity to properly ’sail’ was the best part for me, obviously very different from other big ship cruises. The informality on board and light hearted entertainment just added to the enjoyment. I think the Caribbean lends itself very well to this type of cruise and I hope one day that I will be able to repeat the experience.

If you are interested in sailing on Royal Clipper and would like to discuss my experience in further details please feel free to get in touch - janet.welsh@theluxurycruisecompany.com

  • Read the preceding day here - Royal Clipper blog day 6 Isles des Saintes
  • Read day 1 here - Royal Clipper blog day 1 - Barbados

  • 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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