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Royal Clipper

Barbados

sunny 80 °F

After a rather clumsy debarkation both on the part of the port and the ship, and after an antigen test so we could get back into the USA, we boarded a bus for an island excursion that would drop us off at the airport in about 4 hours.

Barbados is a beautiful island, often visited by the rich and famous. We drove by the exclusive resort where Simon Cowell will be married and did a photo stop at one of the high lookouts of the island.

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Our first official stop was at the St. Johns Parish Church. St. John's Parish Church is the first church of St. John that is presumed to have been a simple wooden building, but its date is unknown. The parish along with St. George, was carved out of St. Michael in 1640–1641. But successive churches were badly damaged by the hurricane of 1675, the Great Hurricane of 1780, and finally destroyed by the Great Barbados hurricane of 1831. The present church building (the fifth) was built is 1836, and the chancel added in 1876. It is the prototype of the restrained Barbadian version of the Gothic parish church, and a beautiful Westmacott sculpture, commemorating Elizabeth Pinder, on the left of the main door.

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Our next lunch stop was Sunbury Plantation. Sunbury Plantation House was built around 1660 by Matthew Chapman, an Irish/English planter, one of the first settlers on the island. He was related to the Earl of Carlisle and through this association, was granted lands in Barbados. Sunbury Plantation House is over 300 years old, steeped in history, featuring mahogany antiques, old prints and a unique collection of horse-drawn carriages.

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After a great filling lunch we took the 15 minute drive to the airport and our flight home.

In spite of some Covid hassles, this was one of the best trips to the Caribbean that I have taken, visiting places the bigger ships can't go. I will definitely do this again.

Posted by rpickett 22:58 Archived in Barbados Comments (0)

Royal Clipper

Barbados

sunny 85 °F

Today my brother and I flew Bridgetown Barbados to join Star Clippers Royal Clipper tomorrow. It was a challenge to get into the country. With a 72 hour window for results and the surge of Covid tests happening, we both had to schedule 2 PCR tests in successive days to meet the requirements: One to get into Barbados and one to get on the ship. Although I had taken the correct PCR test for entry, the wording on my document was not correct and they required me to take another PCR test. Although I was able to obtain a test result with the correct wording, the gate guards would not let me correct my mistake. As a result we could not leave our hotel room the first night - not a big deal, as we had both arisen very early for our flight. They promise the result in less than 24 hours.

We checked out of the hotel at Noon and took a taxi for the short ride to the cruise terminal. We still had not received our Covid tests. There were three ships along side - Royal Caribbean, P&O and Royal Clipper and one other ship anchored out.
The check in process was slow but efficient. They checked our paperwork, then gave us an Antigen test, and if we were negative, we were allowed to go aboard. The professed embarkation at 3:00pm and that is when the first folks boarded. We were on board by 3:00pm.

Once boarded, we got our room key and registered our credit card. Our bags were waiting for us by our room.

By the way, our Covid results showed up in 23 and one-half hours......

Dinner was great and we will eat at the same table for the entire voyage for Covid safety. Our table mates are great - a retired London Police Chief and Intelligence officer and his wife, and a London Financial Advisor and his wife. The majority of passengers seem to be from the UK.

At 10:00pm we hoisted the sails and headed to sea for our overnight sail.

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Posted by rpickett 16:09 Archived in Barbados Tagged bridgetown Comments (0)

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