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Published: February 6th 2015
Quaint little port
Well its been a couple of relaxing days since leaving Fort Lauderdale, quite windy and a bit of roll n roll on the boat as well, doesn't bother us though. We have met some lovely people aboard, majority Americans I think around 1500, 299 Australians, Canadians, Brazilians, Chinese from Hong Kong, Turks, English, 30 odd New Zealanders so a bit of a mix. Hutch the guy who did all our pre port lectures on our World Cruise is also on this cruise, also have met 6 passengers who were on our world cruise as well, amazing! This ship, being a third again bigger than what we have travelled on before, seems to have a lot more space, certainly more speciality restaurants and bars. Show last night was a Ballroom Show, great singing and dancing! Was formal night as well. Docked in St John's the capital at around 9a.m. and dominating the landscape as we pulled into port was St John's Cathedral originally built in 1845 - hadn't booked anything in advance but met a guy at the port who y four of us around the island for about 4 hrs, Thomas, he was fantastic older guy who was so friendly and
Onboard - beer o'clock
knew so much. The old Nelson Dockyards, Shirley Heights, local beaches and the cricket ground from the 2004 World Cup - they SOOO love their cricket down here. Home of Viv Richards, Curtly Ambrose etc Had a couple of local rums along the way! Population of Antigua is about 85,000 half locals and half imports - 14 miles x 11 miles - so amazing, there is still such an English influence here - right hand drive - the monarchy - the beautiful buildings. The beaches are out of this world, John and I are wondering why we don't live closer and be able to come for short hols - it is so idyllic and the water is just beautiful - the turquoise colour is out of this world. They say there are 365 pristine white sand beaches to choose from here. I know we have been to the Caribbean before and have been to about 6-7 islands but they all seem to be different. So many coves, marinas and dockyards here. We travelled today with a guy who had done yacht charters down in these waters since 1966 but retired now and living in New Jersey and Florida, such an
Coffee vans here too!
interesting guy! Had our first swim today - it was heaven! You really have to get out of the port area to experience the island. Had dinner with two Aussie couples tonight - both guys ex army travelling together - from Perth and Sydney- great night had by all! Talked so much we missed the show!
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