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Trip End Oct 31, 2013

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Flag of Antigua and Barbuda  , Saint John,
Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Antigua, the port of St Johns

Day 5

Çlouds cleared to a warm
and sunny day

Today the three of us decided to hit the streets of St John and negotiate a good price with a taxi driver to the other side of the island at English Harbour and a stop at the Valley Church Beach on the west coast.

Most of the taxis were mini buses and wanted 6+ passengers to do a good price and we eventually joined "Sugar" with 6 American Portuguese people for $20 pp and this we thought a much better deal than the ships $59.75 pp for the same tour.

The island is 108 square miles and has 90,000 people and its only industry is tourism and its main attraction is the beach- incredibly milky turquoise blue sea and white sand. Most tourists from the ships gravitate to the beach and no wonder. Once British, now independent.

We happily chose the Church Valley Beach along with a crowd of others and it was a beautiful spot to spend a couple of hours with a local beer and a snack brought from the ship. Weather- perfect!

The beach was very crowded in parts and The Nest was doing great business with umbrellas, chairs and food. We thought the prices were high but people were buying!

Our lovely young driver returned to pick us up as arranged. We took pictures of the local folk filling the busy streets on our way back to port. As usual we were not keen on shopping so headed back to the Celebrity.

Our ship was a little late in leaving because 3 other ships were ahead of us and as we were up on deck watching all the activity we noticed that a portly male passenger was running for his life along the dock to the gangway of the Carnival ship, ready to leave. The ship's passengers all clapped and cheered as he scrambled up the ramp; we are betting that he felt lucky that he made it and everyone appreciated the trauma of being left behind as the ship waits for no one and you have to find your own way to the next port and all your possessions on board!

Tonight we opted out of the formal dining room and self- served in the café – delicious sushi, broth and fresh stir fry  and later tuned into a movie on the TV in our cabin.

The inside cabin is of course windowless and happily sound proof and pitch black when the lights are off which is great for sleeping. We are happy to report that an inside cabin is definitely very comfortable and you don’t feel claustrophobic etc.

We are very steady at this level, the highest accommodation deck just one below the restaurant and pools etc. In fact it is called the Concierge level because the balcony and suites here receive special attention. The other passengers are paying triple our fare! We are happy!
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