Day CS4, Tuesday, December 18, St. Lucia

Trip Start Dec 07, 2012
Trip End Dec 22, 2012

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

For some unknown reason I did not sleep well overnight and was wide-awake when the alarm rang at 5.  Walking is not working out well on this cruise.  It's usually pretty hot when we are in port, and I found myself coveting the 38,000-ton Prinsendam's glorious quarter-mile wrap-around teak Promenade deck.  I managed about 2 miles on the ship, and another hour or so in the afternoon in town.  This is the first of 2 ports of call on this cruise that are new to me.

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.  Continuing South we encountered a large school of dolphins; they were jumping quite close to us.  Grand and Petite Piton jut out near the South end of the 166 square mile island and are quite lovely.  Our cruise back to the ship was about 1 1/2 hours and was quite pleasant except that the speakers produced pretty much non-stop ear splitting music.  We returned to the pier about 12:30.

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.  Francesco from the singers and dancers performed a couple of numbers as did the Aqua-Fellas acapella group.  They are still not really my cup of tea but I did enjoy them more in the smaller venue than in the theater.

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.

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