Saint Kitts and Nevis

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  • Day13

    Land Seetag in St. Kitts Basseterre

    November 25, 2021 in Saint Kitts and Nevis ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Heute wurde Halt in St. Kitts and Nevis, einer Inselgruppe der kleinen Antillen, gemacht. Da wir hier in einen Hochrisikogebiet sind (aber wo ist zur Zeit kein Hochrisikogebiet 😂🙈) durften wir nur von Bord wenn wir einen Aida Ausflug gebucht hätten. Wir haben uns dazu entschieden diesen Tag dann auf dem Schiff zu genießen.
    Am Abend gab es eine großartige Veranstaltung. Das Personal vom Housekeeping bis zum Barman hat für uns gesungen. Es waren wirklich einige tolle philippinische Sänger bzw. Sängerinnen dabei.
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  • Day121

    Basseterre, St. Kitts

    March 9, 2018 in Saint Kitts and Nevis ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Unser Ankunftshafen lag erneut 3km vom Dorfzentrum entfernt. Über Unebenheiten, Löcher und neben wilden Rasern kamen wir ins Zentrum. Schulkinder staunten Brian teils mit offenem Mund an, aber winkten und grüssten ihn. Nach einer Kirchenbesichtigung, dem Independence Square (früher als Sklavenmarkt gebraucht) und dem chaotischen Getümmel im Zentrum und vielen hilfsbereiten Menschen machten wir noch einen Abstecher in den Shoppingecken (vermutlich vorallem für Schiffsbesucher) mit sehr amüsanten Verkäufern. Einer sprach Brian an und meinte, dass schöne Menschen wie sie zwei zusammenhalten müssen... Kurz vor Sonnenuntergang vor den Mücken wieder auf dem Schiff.
    Das Schiff ist nicht so unseres.. Wenige ruhige Ecken, das Essen ausser dem Dessert kein Freudentanz und die Angestellten ausser ein paar wenigen scheinen nicht gut gelaunt zu sein... Und ein Run am Buffet wie gestern, wenn es tropisches Buffet gab mit viel Fleisch, da wird gedrängelt und reingequetscht... Es könnte ja jemand verhungern.
    In Nassau und Amber Cove (unsere ersten 2. Stopps), konnte nicht angehalten werden aufgrund der unruhigen See. Unsere Mägen hielten dies aber ohne Probleme aus;-).
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    Barbara McGowan-Höfliger

    Nachricht s. 7.3. (Werbefoto Dom.Rep.)

  • Day55

    St Kitts & Nevis

    February 26, 2018 in Saint Kitts and Nevis ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Good morning from St Kitts! We make berth at 7:30am, and it looks like we’re not the only ones here—there are two other giant cruise ships docked today, including the other P&O ship Britannia, which we last saw in Bonaire a week ago. So, there’s going to be approximately 5,000 P&O pensioners shuffling around the environs of Basseterre today. I think we’ve probably just doubled the population overnight!

    We’re moored up in the deep-water port, whereas the other two seem to be docked nearer to the town centre. Our tour is being shared between the two boats today, so we’ve already been informed there’s likely to be delays to the itinerary while we drive over to Britannia to pick up the other guests.

    St Kitts and Nevis (pronounced knee-vis, by the way, because it’s from the Spanish name for the island, Nuestra Señora de las Nieves—Our Lady of the Snow) is a two-island nation of 54,000 people, located in the Leeward Islands chain of the Lesser Antilles. As a nation in the Commonwealth realm, Queen Elizabeth is head of state here, although it gained its independence from Britain 34 years ago. The islands are known for their rainforest mountains, and it is to those that we are heading today.

    There’s an old lady that has been on a few of our tours recently, that my dad has nicknamed Nora Batty. Not so much in looks, but close your eyes and listen and she’s a dead ringer. Anyway, today she was heard moaning that she’s not seen a single Union Jack flying here. I’m not sure where she thinks she is. The island has been independent for over three decades and has a perfectly good flag of its own. Are we to presume she would have the same complaint on arrival into Canada? This is the mentality that we’re dealing with on here, folks. Little Britain at sea.

    Our shuttle bus takes us around to where the other two ships are docked—there are thousands of people streaming off into town. This is a literal invasion! Our first surprise is that we’re being taken to the rainforest in open-air trucks. We certainly weren’t expecting this! I’m delighted, but as usual there’s the usual contingency of whingers, who want to be carried round the world on a gilded throne. These guys have no spirit of adventure whatsoever!

    Our guide, Winston, takes us on a northbound circuit of the island’s only main road, which hugs the coast all the way around. Thankfully, St Kitts & Nevis escaped most of the damage levelled upon neighbouring islands by Hurricane Irma last year.

    Our first stop is at a batik factory. I’m not remotely interested in fabric production, but the grounds in which it sits are really pretty. So, I wander around for a while and find a nice little bar overlooking the rainforest, through which we’ll soon be trekking. There are some lovely little birds flitting around, but mum has the binoculars and I lost her in the batik showroom.

    After 30 minutes, we assemble to begin the rainforest trek. The guides serve us all up a cup of fruit juice (for energy, they insist) and ask us to take a wooden staff. Were told we’ll need these, which is a little ominous—I’d not signed up for anything requiring equipment!

    Nevertheless, this was described as ‘high activity’ in the brochure, so true to form there’s a woman on the tour who has recently had both hips replaced, and a guy with an unfortunate combination of Alzheimer’s and poor balance control. God help us.

    Now, if I have a complaint (though believe me, compared to my fellow passengers, I never complain!), it’s that this area is somewhat overused. The spot where the trail starts is also the starting point for a jungle canopy zip-line experience, and for an ATV off-road adventure. When I bought a ticket for a rainforest walking tour, I kind of had romantic notions of listening to the soothing sound of birdsong or the chattering of monkeys—not waiting for zip-lines of screaming humans to go sailing by, drowned out only by the roar of buggy motors, or the horns of yet more trucks delivering yet more people. I suspect our chances of seeing anything more exciting than the arse of the person in front of us are practically zero. Alas.

    The walk itself was in beautiful surroundings, with lush green vegetation around us on all sides. Some sections of the path were very tricky though. I’m routinely surprised that the excursions desk oversells the dangers of walking around in the ports, yet seems to undersell the dangers of sandal-wearing septuagenarians slipping off mountain trails. We’re only half an hour in when Mrs New-Hips takes a tumble. Thankfully, it’s into an accommodatingly bushy thicket, so she’s unharmed. Nor are we helped by a burst water main up the hill (one of the islands water sources is nearby and the water is pumped through the forest to the town below), which has created a fresh stream for us to jump across. This is beyond the capabilities of Captain No-Balance, so he has to just wade through it in his shoes.

    Our guide is very knowledgeable about the local ecosystem, explaining to us in great detail what we are seeing. Well, he is for those who are listening—I’m at the back of the group attempting to flirt with our tour escort (to absolutely no avail).

    As we emerge from the forest, I hear a strange buzzing sound overhead, like a swarm of bees. Excited, I look up. Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

    No, it’s a tit on a high wire.

    Back at base, the ice-cold fruit juice is very well received, and even more so when one of the drivers produces a few bottles of rum to add to it. Once the cups are drained, it’s back on the truck for the ride back into town. On arrival back in Basseterre, we can either get on another bus which will take us back to the ship, or stay in town and catch a later shuttle bus. Dad is ready to go back, but Mum and I opt for the latter, and spend half an hour wandering around the port, mooching around the shops. To be fair, we drove back through the town in the truck and saw pretty much all there is to see, so I don’t feel the need to dash around on foot.

    The port area is buzzing. People are spilling out of the bars and dancing in the street, and the music is thumping. We wander around for a short while, pick up a few souvenirs and then head back to the shuttle bus.

    At 6pm, we pull away from Basseterre and begin our westward journey to our final Caribbean destination, Antigua.
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  • Day150

    St. Kitts Arrival

    February 17, 2016 in Saint Kitts and Nevis ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    We had a phenomenal sail to St. Kitts… a nice leisurely broad reach with 4-6 foot rollers trailing us. It was neat to see the Kingdom of Redonda’s cliffs come into view. Its an uninhabited micronation. From 1865-1912 there was a lucrative phosphates export business into Britain. As for the history of this steep little tyke…. look it up…. it’s shrouded in mystery. Apparently a trader in Montserrat noticed no other nation lay claim to the neighboring island. So he took it upon himself to claim it for him and his son.

    As we neared St. Kitts, Nevis came into view. A green island with a great mountain that disappeared into white clouds, it was just as Christopher Columbus had found Nevis. We entered the customs port of St. Kitts in Basse Terre where large rolling waves tore through the anchorage. This was not going to make for a quiet calm night. So we motored into a marina for some luxury sleep. Yay! We cleared in next to two titanic-looking cruise ships…. I will never trust a cruise ship that large. I just don’t get it.
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  • Day151

    St. Kitts Touring the Main Land

    February 18, 2016 in Saint Kitts and Nevis ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    The next day we met with our friends Tom/Megs & Nils/ Lisa. While figuring transportation to Brimstone Hill Fort, a street food chef came over to us hurriedly said ‘ I have a present for you.’ then puts two kicking lobsters in my hand and walks away to tend to his grill. …uh…. what?!?!. I eventually gave them back and we found a van to the fort. WOW what a fort, it was so picturesque, standing prominently on an enormous monolith of land. Even driving up to it was fun. A guardhouse on one of the hairpin turns held about 6 lounging cats with a sign next to them that said ‘no dogs allowed’. The fort was very well restored and held really great informational stations. The premises were great to explore and we made the most of it. Especially when we scaled the side of a wall to see the captains quarters….Once we were all “forted-out” we visited an old batik plantation which was immaculate with old trees and lovely gardens.Read more

  • Day9

    St. Kitts {Basseterre}

    December 15, 2018 in Saint Kitts and Nevis ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Bei strahlendem Sonnenschein und 28° angelegt. Wir haben heute morgen noch über das Shore Excursion Team die Rundfahrt mit der Zuckerrohrbahn gebucht. Mal schauen wie das wird.
    Eine gute Entscheidung wie sich heraus gestellt hat. Wenn nämlich ein Kreuzfahrtschiff im Hafen liegt verkauft die Eisenbahngesellschaft keine Tickets an Einzelreisende...
    Die Bahn wird auf Hin- und Rückfahrt von 2 verschiedenen Gruppen benutzt. Wir haben zuerst mit dem Bus die erste Hälfte der Insel erkundet, sind dann in den Zug gestiegen um die andere Seite der Insel anzuschauen. Seit vielen Jahren wird die Bahn nur noch touristisch genutzt und nicht mehr für den Zuckerrohrtransport.
    An Bord wurden Cocktails kostenlos verteilt, christliche Lieder gesungen und viele Informationen weiter gegeben.
    In jedem Fall ein sinnvolles Event.
    Nach einem kurzen Rundgang durch die Stadt wurde Assi die Armut und die Fremdartigkeit der Menschen zuviel und wir sind zurück an Bord.
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  • Day4

    Bassaterre pt. II

    December 21, 2017 in Saint Kitts and Nevis ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    In all of the excitement about paddle boarding, I forgot that we went to the National Museum in the morning. This small single floor museum looked at the history and culture of St Kitts and Nevis, the latter of whom apparently fought for independence from St Kitts despite its small size.

    Anyhow, back to paddle boarding. So, our transport did not turn up. As we waited, it became apparent the other passengers were rather upset about the whole day - the lack of information generally, safety brief, instructors who were poorly trained and one woman even drifting out to sea! We hadn't realised the others had had such a poor time...however their complaints meant we were all refunded the trip! Despite the transport gaff, we actually had a great day. Sadly however, I left my hat where we had initially landed and by the time I realised it was too late 😕

    On return to port, we wandered into town where local dancers were out in the streets providing some evidence of the culture we'd been reading about in the museum.

    Back on board we were treated to a cloud free, and quite spectacular sunset. In the bar, we made a reasonable stab at the trivia quiz, scoring 11/15. However the multimedia challenge was about reality TV. We scored 1. I was heartened that my knowledge of this subject was so poor.
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  • Day62

    St Kitts

    October 31, 2017 in Saint Kitts and Nevis ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Happy Halloween!!!

    Tonight will be a very busy night with all the Halloween shoots but for now I am relaxing out in port. Most of the team went to the beach but after being stuck on the ship for so long I didn’t want to just sit on the beach all day. I also didn’t want to pay for the taxi. So I met up with my friend Ashton (bar steward) and we did some exploring. Now we are relaxing in an Indian restaurant for a snack and some wifi.

    The Caribbean is definitely as hot as I remember and you would never know there was a hurricane based on this island. I’m sure we will see the affects soon enough though.
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