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My Royal Clipper Cruise Experience - Windward Islands - Day 2

By Ed Holownia - Published November 13, 2006 - Viewed 1588 times

11/13/06 St. Lucia

Early the next morning I got up and went down to the weight room to work out.  As I was about to step up onto the treadmill, I found that I had a problem.  I’m 6’5” tall and when standing on the floor, only had about 3 or 4 inches of head room.  I realized I couldn’t stand up straight on the treadmill, so running was out of the question.  I decided to use one of the stationary bikes instead.  I decided that for the rest of the cruise, I would have to get my exercise elsewhere. 

After I worked out, I went up and got a cup of coffee and a light continental breakfast.  I’m not much of a breakfast person, so I had the continental breakfast every morning, but the breakfast buffet did look fantastic. 

At 10am, we had a mandatory lifeboat drill where we were briefed on what to do in case of an emergency. 

Afterwards they had a snorkel gear handout, so I got a pair of fins, a mask, and snorkel.  I had never snorkeled outside of a pool before, so I was excited about trying it out in the open water. 

I had begun to meet people on board and ate lunch with a couple, Bob and Alma, from San Francisco.  I had met Bob and Alma on the transfer from the airport to the cruise ship and had waited in line with them at the ship’s check in. 

After lunch I got ready for my “Rainforest Canopy Adventure”.  The excursion was a zip-line tour of the jungle canopy. 

As I was sitting on the launch that was taking us to shore, I met a young couple, John & Krissy.  As it turns out John & Krissy were the first BoatUS members I met on board.  I explained to them that BoatUS had sent me down to host a cocktail party for all of the members who booked this cruise through the BoatUS Travel Agency.  As I was speaking to John and Krissy, two other members, Phil & Myra, spoke up and introduced themselves and told me they had booked through BoatUS Travel as well. 

The Zip Line canopy tour was a lot of fun, I had never done anything like it before. 

Back on board, I showered and went down for dinner.  As I was heading down to dinner, I saw some people I had met already and joined them for dinner. 

After dinner, there was a “fashion show” up at the Tropical Bar where the crew “modeled” some of the merchandise for sale in the ship’s store. 

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