Our day aboard Sea Cloud began with a walk-through of the engine room for our guests to experience the power that propels the ship when not sailing. Following the walk-through, Fabio presented a brief history of the art and archaeology of the Lesser Antilles. After lunch, we boarded the tenders and made our way across Tyrell Bay to Carriacou Island. Some guests went on a bus tour of Carriacou Island to explore both the Caribbean and Atlantic sides of the isle. They visited various landmarks, including the hospital, historic plantation locations, and a windmill. Other guests snorkeled at Sandy Island. Both groups came together at the end of the day on Paradise Beach, where we were delighted to experience the traditional drums and dance of the Carriacou people. During dinner on board, guests experienced Sea Cloud’s lively shanties followed by great music and dancing.
We dropped anchor in Soufriere Bay beneath the majestic Pitons. Both Pitons (“Gros” – 2600’ & “Petit” 2500’) are designated world heritage sites and are sentinels guarding the entrance to Soufriere Bay. Our excursion began inside the caldera where the hot sulfuric gasses and molten waters and rock are still quite active. St. Lucia is 238 square miles with a population of 180 thousand and is the birthplace of two Nobel Laureates. The official language is English, but everyone speaks the vernacular Creole French. Our next stop was the Diamond Botanical Gardens. Plants of every sort abound in profusion. The bamboo, the national plant of St. Lucia, can grow 8 inches a day and reach 30 feet. Our next stop was Hummingbird Beach. The snorkeling was good and is set against the sheer rock cliffs which contains the famous bat cave. We also enjoyed the hospitality and refreshing cold drinks at the Hummingbird Beach Club. Today’s lunch was a delight: pasta swirled inside a 100-kilo wheel of reggiano parmigiano cheese until fully coated. At night, our captain gave us a wonderful farewell toast to send us off safely to our homes. We boarded Sea Cloud as strangers and left as mates.