Wednesday January 29
I didn’t wake up until about half-an-hour later than I have done the past few days so I sadly missed our arrival into Grenada’s capital of St. George’s. Known as “The Spice Isle” Grenada is renowned for Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Saffron, and a variety of other spices – apparently if the wind is blowing the right way you can actually smell the spices as you arrive by sea!
I went ashore around 10:00 and wondered through the Esplanade Mall; which is also the cruise terminal. Inside there were plenty of shops selling souvenirs, spices and goodies to take home; there was even a smoothie bar and a bakery selling some appetising eats and treats. Outside the mall there was a small tourist train offering 45-minute tours of the capital for only $20 per person. This also included access to the Fort and a Museum too. The tour was ok, I didn’t bother getting off and looking around the Fort or the Museum as it was too hot and you had to wait almost 45 minutes for the next train. Instead, I decided to continue on the tour and then wonder around the shopping mall and the nearby streets for an hour or so before heading back to the ship.
A lot of people decided to take a water taxi to the nearby beach; from where I heard a lot of people say they spotted Turtles and other marine-life. I would have loved to have seen those; but I’m not really someone who can just sit back on a beach for prolonged periods of time. Once I bought a couple of souvenirs I headed back to the ship and got some lunch from the Waterside before it changed over to afternoon tea at 15:00.
I then sat back by the Beachcomber Pool with a drink or two and watched the world go by. We set sail from Grenada at 17:00 local time and headed out into the Atlantic Ocean to where we will spend tomorrow at sea before arriving into Barbados on the following day.
In the evening I enjoyed a pre-dinner drink in the Tazzine bar on Deck 5before going to dinner in the Cinnamon Restaurant for a change of scenery. I ordered the Grilled Chicken Breast followed by Strawberry Sorbet for dessert which was very refreshing. Towards the end of the meal the Chefs paraded around the restaurant during the usual “Chefs Parade” which occurs towards the end of the cruise, which was a nice sight to see. Following dinner I had a drink in one of the bars on board before going to bed.
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