Greetings from English Harbour in Antigua

This is definitely the other home of the rich and famous.  The small harbour here is packed with classy looking yachts from all over the world.  This is where you send your crew out to pick up refills of Moet and Chandon and any other treats that might appeal.  Our lovely Windstar yacht is anchored just outside the harbour and I must say this is one of the most fascinating stops along our journey so far.  This is what makes small ship cruising – and especially small yacht cruising – so very special and unique.  Not another cruise ship in sight.  Our stop yesterday was Dominica where we spied a big P&O liner alongside one of the small Royal Caribbean cruise ships.  Now as cruising goes only having two large ships in dock is not bad.  It can get horrible when there are 6 or more – all disgorged out to roam the streets and send the vendors into a frenzy of anticipation.  So every stop along the way with Windstar is another pleasant surprise for us and a chance to get into the ports less visited.

The highlight so far?  Our sail away from St Lucia’s Pigeon Point yesterday with sails hoisted on all five masts and the dramatic music of Vangelis on the speakers.  Our Captain took us on a slow cruise past the coastline of St Lucia ending with the Pitons at sunset.  Wow – so hard to try to capture this on film.  I doubt very much anyone has ever had such a good close up view of the Pitons on a cruise.

Every day is a delight on Windstar – after a cappuccino and half an hour internet time at the cafe we’re on our way to the beach.

By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.


  1. I envy you, we did two back to back trips on this ship out of Barbados (Jane Archer travel writer for the Telegraph was on board) late 09 had dinner with the Capt. and then first officer, definatly my choice if we cant snag a trip to the Marquesas. I was wondering if the ship would go as close to the Peitons in view of the Costa trategy but then your Capt has over 40yrs experiance.

    Peter & Anne Pittman


    1. Hi Peter and Anne – fortunately sailing on the much smaller Windstar with only 240 guests gave us the ability to get up close to some of these amazing spots and visit ports the big ships just can’t get to. I can’t wait to experience Windstar again – a very special moment being under full sail. Thanks for following my blog. Lesley


  2. Lesley, your post has taken me back to those wonderful ports!!! We had the fortune to cruise Azamara Journey a couple of years ago – we pretty much followed the Windstar from port to port. Must say we will be on the Windstar in the next year or two. While in St. Lucia we toured the island. The grand finale was a water taxi ride to the beach/National park with the breathtaking Pitons. The guide gave us the rest of the bananas we had picked that morning to feed the fish. The non snorkelers in our group were blown away by the thousands of colorful fish who fearlessly fed on the bananas.

    At sunset that evening, the captain of the Journey took us by the Pitons as we bid farewell to St. Lucia……..the end of another amazing day at sea!
    Thank you again for sharing!!


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