Cruise W1020 on the Black Watch to the Caribbean
(Please scroll down to see my photographs and report)
||Santa Cruz, Tenerife
||Las Canadas & Teide
||St. George's, Grenada
||Rum & Nutmeg
||Castries, St. Lucia
||North of the Island
||Fort Rodney and beach.
||Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis
||Botanical gardens of Nevis
||First time on Nevis.
||Road Town, Tortola, BVI
||Island secrets discovered
||St. John's, Antigua
||Crusoe island escape
||Idyllic desert island beach!
||Philipsburg, St. Martin
||A nation under two flags
||One of my favourite ports.
||Ponta Delgada, Azores
||A day late getting back!
Ray, Francis, Michelle, Michael, Yvonne and Fred
Me with Pauline
Bell tower in San Cristobal de la Laguna, Tenerife
The Baths, British Virgin Islands
Las Canadas, Mount Teide, Tenerife
Auditorium, Santa Cruz, Tenerife
Beach on Antigua
English Harbour, Antigua
Courthouse, St. Martin
Doc. Martin at Dock Maarten!
Here's my report on the cruise:
Just to let you know that I have just got back from my cruise
to and from the Caribbean on the Black Watch.
Good points were:
My first visit to the island of Nevis
A trip to Prickly Pear island (aka Crusoe island)
Giving two lectures:
The story of the Black Watch regiment and
Cristobal de la Laguna, Tenerife.
Seven line dancing classes.
Four evening participation line dancing sessions.
Four dinners in the main restaurant when the Garden Café was holding a speciality buffet.
Bad points were:
Rough seas and a strong headwind made us one day late getting home.
Usual sea day programme:
08:45 - 09:45 Line dancing session with passenger Dorothea.
10:15 - 11:00 Line dancing class with me.
13:30 - 15:00 Double length ballroom/latin class with Yvonne and Fred.
For the record ...
- Food: Good.
- Tours: 7 out of 9 ports.
- Weather: Good going out and whilst there but bad coming back from the Azores.
- New ports: Charlestown, Nevis by fast ferry.
- Sailaways: Tenerife, St. Lucia, Tortola, Antigua, St. Martin and one mid-Atlantic!
- Tea dance: Two.
- Masonics: Hosted by Ray Smith.
- Service clubs: Hosted by me.
- Dinner host: No.
- Line dancing: Yes, 7 classes and 4 evening participation sessions led by me.
- Sequence dancing: Some.
- Ballroom dancing: Lots.
- Western night: Yes with line dancing led by me.
- Tropical night: Yes with tropical dancing led by Ashley Bolton-Burrows.
- British (Red, White & Blue) night: Yes.
- Singles party: Yes.
- Singles lunch: No.
- Formal nights: Five.
- Cocktail parties: Five.
- Captain: Ingar Neerland.
- Cruise Director: Allan Tait.
- Assistant Cruise Director: Ashley Bolton-Burrows.
- Host/ess: Nancy Thaddeus.
- Host: Marcus & Simon Vickers.
- Cabin mate: Michael Hockham from Rotherham.
- Dance couple: Yvonne McGeehan & Fred Durrant.
- Other dance hosts: Ray Smith & Francis Keegan.
- Lecturer(s): Paul Titchener, Lucy Holden, Steve Simone.
- Musician(s): Michelle Rudd, Ben Hewlett, Upbeat Beatles, Jonathan Ainsworth, James Durcan, Alan Shiels, Trevor Still & Teresa Delaney.
- Comedian(s): Phil Lowen from Ringwood and Bob Taylor from Charminster.
- Singer(s): Jane Beaumont and Anthony Stuart Lloyd.
- Doctor: Dr Ragnar Voss and Dr Brian & Joyce Dunn (again!)
- Cabin: 3080
- Passenger(s): Angela, Babs, Christine, Hazel, Veronica, Vera, Valerie, Marleene, Minnie, Philip the Farmer.
- Photographs taken: 833
- Emails back home: 403
- Good, free Wi-Fi:
C&W LIME stores in Bridgetown and St. George's,
Port Zante in Basseterre,
Nails on Tortola,
Pier side bar in St. John's,
Candy store in Philipsburg,
Dauphine Telecom in Marigot,
Fort Square, Parque Atlantique shopping mall and pier café in Ponta Delgada.