Star Clippers Caribbean Cruise - Part 3 - St Lucia

22nd December 2015

St Lucia

Our arrival in to Rodney Bay was at midday, which allowed for us to enjoy a beautiful morning of sailing in daylight, as well as a delicious buffet breakfast and even a little bite for lunch, before taking the tender to shore to enjoy an afternoon on the beach. One of the real selling points for taking a Star Clippers sailing is that the smaller size of our ships allows us to access ports of call and islands that big ships cannot. Of course, lots of cruise ships dock in St Lucia, but not many (if any?) anchor off of Rodney Bay, giving guests the opportunity to see a different side to each any every island we stop at.

A short tender ride and we were stepping off the boat straight in to the shallows of the sea and straight on to the beach. In our Caribbean itineraries, a lot of our days incorporate ‘wet landings’ meaning you will be stepping from the tender on to the beach, a real quirky aspect, enjoyed by everyone. The beautiful beach was busy today, as it was Sunday; a lot of the locals were down enjoying time with friends and family. The local bars were open and a bottle of ‘Piton’ beer named after the islands famous mountains was available for little over £1, never better than drank on the beach in St Lucia I’d say…

Star Clippers include complimentary watersports; kayaking, wake boarding, water skiing and snorkelling are all available every day (weather depending) and today the sports team were on the beach with all the equipment, ready for guests to take advantage of these free activities. After a lazy afternoon on the beach, soaking up the rays and enjoying the local atmosphere on this pristine bay, we took the last tender back to the beach for our departure at 6pm.

Sail away takes the same format every day, so everyone gathered back up on deck, still in beachwear, clutching a cocktail from the Tropical Bar, we bid a fond farewell to Rodney Bay before heading down to change for dinner.

After dinner every evening there will be a very light hearted and low key piece of entertainment taking place up in the Tropical Bar. There are no Broadway shows on board Star Clippers, instead we involve the crew, the locals and our guests (if they so wish) with an array of steel bands, fashion shows, pirate night’s and of course the infamous Talent Show which always follows the Captain’s Dinner. The nights are always good fun and create an informal atmosphere for our guests to relax in and enjoy the bartender’s specialities to the sound of music under the stars.

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