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My Royal Clipper Cruise Experience - Windward Islands - Day 3

By Ed Holownia - Published November 14, 2006 - Viewed 1617 times

11/14/06 Dominica

Early in the morning, we met up with the Star Clipper, another one of the boats in the fleet.  We sailed alongside her for about an hour or so.


While we were sailing next to the Star Clipper, I ran into Klaus, the Hotel Manager and we squared away the when and where for the BoatUS cocktail party.  I was hoping to have the party early in the week, but since we were going to be in port until Midnight on Wednesday, we decided to have the party at 6:30 on Thursday evening up at the Pool Bar instead of inside somewhere. 

After a quick lunch buffet at the Tropical Bar, I grabbed my snorkel gear and headed out on one of the tenders for a “Snorkel Safari”.  It took about 20 minutes to get to the cove where we were to snorkel.  I thought my first experience snorkeling in the open water was fantastic, I saw a lot of fish and sea urchins and coral.  We were snorkeling for about an hour before heading back to the ship.  On our way back to the ship, I found out that the snorkeling had been “ok, but not great” from some people who were “veteran” snorkelers. 

Back on board, the crew supervised a mast climb. 

They strapped us into belt harnesses and up the mast we went. 

It was fantastic, the view was amazing.  I wanted to climb up to the next Crow’s Nest, but we weren’t allowed to go that high.  The sunset was beautiful that evening.  It was setting while everyone was climbing the mast. 

After dinner, I went up to the bow and was looking up at all of the sails and the stars in the sky beyond them.  I really enjoyed watching the masts and sails moving against the stars. 

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