Our day aboard Sea Cloud began with a walk-through of the engine room for our guests to experience the power that propels the ship when not sailing. Following the walk-through, Fabio presented a brief history of the art and archaeology of the Lesser Antilles. After lunch, we boarded the tenders and made our way across Tyrell Bay to Carriacou Island. Some guests went on a bus tour of Carriacou Island to explore both the Caribbean and Atlantic sides of the isle. They visited various landmarks, including the hospital, historic plantation locations, and a windmill. Other guests snorkeled at Sandy Island. Both groups came together at the end of the day on Paradise Beach, where we were delighted to experience the traditional drums and dance of the Carriacou people. During dinner on board, guests experienced Sea Cloud’s lively shanties followed by great music and dancing.
As we arrived at Soufriere Harbor in Saint Lucia, we were greeted by the Sea Cloud off our port with a beautiful rainbow arcing over the ship, a good sign for the day to come. Our wonderful tour guides picked us up at the pier to shuttle us to the Volcano and Botanical Gardens. The Botanical Gardens featured an impressive range of plant and bird species. We were lucky to see purple-throated and green-throated caribs, as well as many lesser Antillean bullfinch. A pre-lunch snorkeled followed, allowing guests one last chance to swim in the Caribbean Sea and experience life beneath the surface before returning to the ship for a final lunch. With the sun shining upon the ship, our captain positioned the vessel for a final photo under the Pitons and for a toast to our wonderful journey. The Sea Cloud then sailed off towards Bridgetown for our morning departure. This week's journey took guests to rainforests, coral reefs, beautiful beaches, as well as warm welcomes from the local communities we visited.