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.