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CCC 2016 Day 6 – Basseterre, St. Kitts

by on Jan.16, 2017, under CCC 2016, General, Vacation

Basseterre lies 130 nautical miles southeast of Cruz Bay, on the Island of St. Kitts. During the night, Pacific Princess sailed towards Saba Island, before altering to the south to pass west of St. Eustatius Island, and making her approach to Basseterre.

I got up in the middle of the night to see either Royal or Regal Princess sailing right next to us. I was too tired to photograph it, figuring that they would be in St. Kitts with us. They weren’t, so the whole thing could have been a dream.

There was a Viking Ocean ship in the standard port, so we docked at the industrial port. It’s not very glamorous, but it gets the job done. I went upstairs and saw Mom and Dad eating breakfast, as they had a tour a whole hour before us, and then I watched as our ship was secured along the dock.

We were here many years ago, and we took a train ride around the island. It was very nice, and we almost signed up for it again, as it’s Christmas Eve, and something about taking a train interested me. In the end, we decided to check out Nevis, which is an island very close to St. Kitts. Mom and Dad took a cruise over there followed by an island tour via van, and Heather and I took a catamaran over, stopping to snorkel on the way. We’ve taken these types of trips before, and they have always ended up with me being very drunk on “rum punch”. I decided beforehand to not touch it this time, since I have no tolerance for alcohol, and I wanted to sing Christmas Carols later on.

We stopped at the snorkel site, which has a nice shipwreck. We swam out to it and saw some amazing fish. It truly was a great snorkeling experience, albeit short in time. We then crossed the channel towards Nevis, which was a bit rough, but fun on the front netting of the catamaran. Heather kept dousing me in either suntan lotion or bug spray.

When we got to Nevis, the boat dropped us off in about waist-deep water on a beach, for almost two hours. We didn’t really need 2 hours here, as the beach wasn’t nearly as exciting as the snorkeling. As we walked around the beach, we saw some other Princess tour numbers walking around, and learned that Mom and Dad might be at the same beach. We walked over to a little bar area, barefoot through some broken bottles, and saw Dad sitting in there. They were also stuck at this beach. We all went down to the water and sat there. Mom and Heather swam, and Heather ended up finding a huge starfish. Someone else found a lobster, and we all had fun taking pictures of them.

Once our boat came to pick us up, the “captain” told us that instead of taking us back to the ship where we were picked up, he was going to drop us off at the other pier then we could wait for 30 minutes and take a bus back to the ship. This would have gotten us back right at 4:30PM which was the very end-time for us to be back onboard. I’ve never had a Princess tour where we were told to take public transportation back to the ship. Another one of the “crew” told Heather that the sea was too rough to get back in there, but I didn’t trust any of these guys. They told us that they were on no sleep because they had been partying all night for their version of Carnavale. They were also much more concerned with their cell phones than they were for us.

A large Costa ship had come into the main port.  We passed our ship and were very close to being let off very far away from it, when I saw the boat Mom and Dad were on leaving the dock near our ship. I mentioned this to the “captain” and he flung his hands in the air, asked “do you really want to go back there?” and spun the wheel around. In the end, he was making up the whole thing, and it would have cost us about an hour. Princess had no idea of this change either. Anyways, we were glad to be back onboard our ship.

For dinner, I had some braised beef, which tasted like pot roast, and half a chicken. We then joined the crew for some Christmas caroling, which was a real lot of fun. We had our pictures taken with Santa, and the whole ship joined in the fun. I’ve been very impressed with how this ship is celebrating Christmas, which I think I’ve mentioned before.

Mom, Heather, and I went to see an amazing guitarist named Duncan Tuck, who won the Gong Show back in the 70’s. Tomorrow is Christmas Day, and the first time that I’ve not been in Connecticut for the greatest of holidays. The important part however, is that I’m with family, and being in the Caribbean isn’t ALL that bad!

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