Caribbean Cruise on the Royal Clipper
27th March 2015
Day Eight - Marigot Bay and Soufriere, St Lucia
Despite Royal Clipper leaving Martinique slightly later than planned, we arrived at the scheduled time into Marigot Bay, St Lucia on Friday morning. A beautiful name for a beautiful place. The tender snaked between yachts and past jetties leading to brightly coloured cafes and harbourside bars. A destination taken straight out of a postcard, St Lucia is famous for its luscious green landscapes and stunning scenery. We were due to set sail shortly for Soufriere, a small town about 1 hour away by ship, so some guests stayed ashore in Marigot Bay and decided to meet the ship in the next destination- it is around a two hour taxi ride back to Soufriere.
After staying on board to watch us sail into Soufriere I wanted to try some local cuisine, so tucked into a chicken roti in a beachfront cafe, with gulls swooping down into the ocean as I enjoyed the culinary delights. Typically Caribbean, this dish is a combination of chicken, potatoes and curry sauce all wrapped up in a pancake like a parcel. Locals were playing Dominos on the pavement and displaying the beautiful creations they had made out of large leaves and grass. Cars drove by blaring out reggae music and the locals were laughing and singing.
One of the highlights of any Star Clippers sailing is the photo opportunity the crew will schedule (weather dependent) showing off the ships under full sail. It is the one opportunity that guests get to see the ships fully dressed as a tall ship- exactly how the locals shore side and passing ships witness them too. After being loaded into a tender, Royal Clipper's sails slowly rose up and she began moving very dramatically, splitting the ocean on her way. This is an iconic moment that was enhanced by the Pitons of St Lucia in the background- it looked like a scene from a film and guests were speechless and they watched this. Cameras were out in full force as the crew gathered on the bowsprit to wave at us, a true balancing act but a memorable one at that! The tender ensured we had views of all angles so to get the best photo opportunities.
Our final day on board was made even more special in the evening when the crew paraded us at dinnertime singing We Are The World- everyone joined in and said their fond farewells to the guests. Tomorrow we fly home from Barbados with memories of an unforgettable trip- back to reality and the cold British weather! Royal Clipper sets sail for Venezuela on the ABC Islands itinerary tomorrow- I am already eager to get back on board, to the world of tall-ship cruising and unforgettable destinations.