Day CS4, Tuesday, December 18, St. Lucia
Trip Start Dec 07, 2012
16Trip End Dec 22, 2012
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I booked "Coastal Cruise to the Pitons", and this was a morning excursion, leaving at 8:30. The catamaran was large, unfortunately with little sun protection. We paused to look at a couple of resorts on our way south, and made a half-hour stop next to a beach. I am not a fan of beaches, but did go in the water for about 5 minutes and it was very clear, just warm enough, and pretty much an ideal spot.
After lunch on the ship I took a walk into town. I did not find it very attractive, especially the section near the pier, and the walking distance must have been at least double the straight line distance. The buildings seemed to be a bit of an enigma. The Cathedral looked very run down, almost abandoned, but the clock on the steeple kept perfect time. The fire station was also a shambles, with the sign still on the building at the point where it is on the map. I saw some of their equipment on the street and it was modern and in great condition. I expect there was a newer station but cannot prove it. The square was also quite spacious.
My first and perhaps only Captain's Club party was in Revelations at 3:30. I'm wondering a bit about Cassie, the Cruise Director. I haven't seen her around the ship and thought she might not be feeling well. Someone I think was her made a presentation at the party, as did sales manager Anita and Captain Theo
There was an opportunity watch today's sailaway from the helipad. It seemed a nice change but got a very crowded and I think the larger upper decks are actually better. The bride and groom were at our small dinner table tonight as most of the group was present for dinner, I think only 1 or 2 vacancies at the 12-top.
After last night's light sleep I didn't last into the evening. Sirens was performed in the theater but I was in bed by 8:30 and slept until almost 6.
As a parting shot, this is my first cruise from San Juan. I see the advantage as we are at ports not accessible on a 7-day cruise out of Florida. I am now fortunate that my retirement opens opportunities for longer cruises and it makes less difference to me, but it is still nice.