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CCC 2016 Day 12 – St. John’s, Antigua

by on Jan.18, 2017, under CCC 2016, General, Vacation

Last night Pacific Princess departed Martinique and altered her course to the North, towards Antigua. She passed Dominica and Guadeloupe on her Starboard side, then early this morning Montserrat on her Port side, before arrival in St. John’s on the West coast of Antigua.

When I went out on the balcony this morning, I saw what looked like Azamara Quest up ahead of us. We had a 6AM wake-up call today as our tour left at 8:15. Once we got closer to port, I saw that my assumption was correct, and we docked right across from Quest. It was very cool to have two Renaissance ships sitting right next to each other. It wasn’t long before the behemoth Celebrity Equinox came barreling in however. There was also another ship in dock today, which was on a world cruise.

We went upstairs and met Mom and Dad at the buffet, where we had our usual breakfast. Our tour began with a bus ride to an information center, where we watched a short video of the history of Antigua. Christopher Columbus discovered it in 1493, but never set foot on the island, as he was more interested in finding gold and spices, and kept on going.

We then took small trips to two lookouts, which we both very nice. Dai, one of the ship’s photographers, was on our tour and took photos of Heather and I whenever he saw us. Princess is now offering an all-inclusive photo package; something that I actually suggested after a previous cruise. They have always charged exorbitant prices for their photos, and take a lot. You might have a stack an inch or two high at the end of a cruise, but only choose a few since they cost $15 and $25 each. They’ve lowered the overall price of the individual photos, as well as offer a package for $200, where you get all the photos taken of you, as well as digital versions of them. We jumped on this, and are bringing home every photo that either of us are in, even if Mom and Dad are in them too. I don’t know what we’ll do with them all, and some of them are pretty bad, but I find the bad ones to be the funniest ones, so this should be an interesting experiment.

At one of the stops, we could see a home owned by Eric Clapton, and it was enormous and in a beautiful location. Our tour brought us to Nelson’s Dockyard, where we learned some of the history, and saw a house up on a hill that’s been closed to the public for many years. Prince Harry was here a few weeks back, and stayed in that house. We were given a coupon for rum punch, but we opted for Diet Coke instead. It was a nice, relaxing tour.

When we got back to the dock area, we had to go to a pharmacy for Dad. At this point, he was having some mobility issues, and the narrow streets of Antigua weren’t helping. We went to the pharmacy, but they only had 9 of the items, and he needed about 30, so we asked where another one was, and headed off that direction. We got about half way there, and we decided that Dad needed to rest, so I sat with him on a corner while Mom and Heather went further into town. It was extremely sketchy here, and there were no other tourists around. It took about 15 minutes for them to return, and Heather told me that it was even worse up where the pharmacy was. They got what they needed however, and we headed back to the ship.

I took a few photos of the ships in port, then we got back onboard and had lunch. I kind of wanted to take a nap, but there just happened to be a steel drum back right below our balcony window, and they played until the ships were ready to depart. Equinox ended up leaving before us, since we had a 14-person tour group come back later than planned. I got some nice video of this thing spinning around and taking off before dinner.

It was Italian night, and I had prosciutto and melon, minestrone soup, spaghetti and meatballs, and pot roast. I then took some casual photos in my Ewok shirt, and went up on the top deck for a planned stargazing event. We tried doing this in Alaska earlier in the year, but it was far too cloudy. This time, it was very clear, and after adjusting to the dark, we saw a lot of stars. It was awesome.

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