Monday January 27th
I was awake fairly early at around 06:30 so I got myself ready and headed up to deck 16 to watch the Ventura sail into the port of Castries in St. Lucia. It was a fairly overcast and windy arrival; but as I was having breakfast the skies parted to let the sun shine through. I went ashore at around 10:00 and ended up going on a short tour of Castries; including a visit to the downtown market area. I paid $25 for a two-hour tour which was not bad at all; it was a shame that I did not have time to visit the magnificent Pitons; but I hope to see them up-close one day in the future. I did however get to visit a beach right near one of the airports and it was like a scene out of a movie… I could have quite easily stayed there all day long; but alas I didn’t have time.
The ship was docked at the Pointe Seraphine Cruise Terminal; where there is also a plethora of duty-free shops and a few bars to relax in. During the course of the afternoon there was the occasional shower; yet it was not the cold rain we have in England, but warm rain that clears in a matter of minutes.
Once I was back on board the Ventura I got some afternoon tea from the buffet before watching us set sail bound for St. Vincent. As we were about to let our lines go, the Captain came over the public address system to inform us that the Azura was sailing by and that we would sail closely by each other, which was to be a very rare occurrence. Azura passed us on the Starboard side with her passengers cheering and waving and both ships sounding their whistles; it was a fun experience and provided an excellent photo opportunity.
I dined in the Saffron Restaurant and ordered the Roast Rib of Beef with Seasonal Vegetables and a Yorkshire Pudding; which was very tasty. Following dinner I went to the Casino for twenty-minutes or so before heading up to the tropical/Caribbean-themed deck party which saw everyone wear their brightest attire for a buffet, live music and dancing under the stars, which was very entertaining. When it was almost midnight it was time to call it a day and head to sleep.
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