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From the hassle-free online check-in with British Airways to the effortless bag drop, every aspect of our journey was marked by excellence. Onboard the Royal Clipper, we were treated to an exceptional experience, complemented by helpful staff always ready to assist with anything that we may need. The smooth transitions between locations were facilitated by attentive staff members, ensuring a seamless and memorable travel experience.
Embarking on a journey of contrasting elegance, the Wyndham Grand Barbados and Sam Lord's Castle Resort & Spa offered a modern and stylish retreat, featuring expansive spaces, conference facilities, and the ongoing creation of a spa. While the allure of a beautiful pool and the promise of excellent, all-inclusive dining beckoned, the rugged Atlantic coast's relentless waves unfortunately dictated a no-swim policy under the ever-present red flag.
The Royal Clipper embraces tradition with spacious cabins adorned with complimentary toiletries. Navigating the vessel requires traversing various stairs, making it less suitable for those with walking difficulties. The ship, however, compensates with Wi-Fi connectivity, though intermittent, and a splendid spa. Offering a unique tender service to reach enchanting ports of call, the Royal Clipper invites guests to indulge in complimentary, non-motorised water sports and invigorating swims off its stern.
Our exploration, hosted by the Barbados Tourist Board, unveiled a tapestry of vibrant experiences. We thoroughly enjoyed The Island Tour in Barbados which proved exceptional, weaving through the island's cultural and natural wonders. A highlight for me was the renowned Ostin’s Fish Fry at Pat's Place every Friday night, it’s an immersive culinary escapade.
Onboard the Royal Clipper, shore excursions became seafaring adventures, featuring wet landings that took us directly to the pristine beaches, a unique way to immerse in the beauty of each destination.
In the picturesque Rodney Bay, St. Lucia, the allure of the Cabrits in Dominica beckoned with an Indian River Boat Trip, where we navigated past the infamous witches' house featured in Pirates of the Caribbean. Falmouth Harbour, Antigua, unfolded with a captivating Island Tour, where we explored the historic Nelson's Dockyard and English Harbour, offering a glimpse into the island's rich maritime history.
St. Kitts beckoned with a variety of shore excursion, the St. Kitts Scenic Railway Tour, was an extraordinary way to traverse the island and soak in its diverse offerings. Terre de Haut in Iles des Saintes unveiled a charming array of boutique shops and inviting bars and restaurants upon disembarkation.
The journey continued to Martinique, where an Island Tour became another excellent excursion, providing insights into the island's culture, a visit to a local market, and a poignant stop at the Memorial de l'Anse Caffard, it was a truly moving and special place.
Shirley Heights in Antigua and the climb to the crow's nest onboard the ship offer unique cultural experiences. Shirley Heights provides panoramic views of English Harbour, a cultural hub with Sunday evening gatherings. Climbing to the crow's nest offers an exhilarating adventure, allowing passengers to appreciate the seafaring traditions and enjoy breathtaking views of the open sea. Both experiences add depth and richness to the journey, making it a memorable exploration of local culture and maritime history.
My most cherished and liberating moment of the entire journey was undoubtedly the experience of swimming off the back of the ship in the deep, azure waters. The feeling of freedom and connection to the vast ocean was unparalleled, and the security provided by the vigilant water sports staff further heightened the joy of the moment. Knowing that their expertise and assistance were readily available always added a layer of comfort and reassurance, turning this aquatic escapade into the highlight of my unforgettable voyage.
From my experience, I believe that this holiday is made for individuals with a passion for sailing and an appreciation for the intimate charm of smaller ports of call. The journey is particularly well-suited for those who relish the idea of navigating the seas aboard a very small and friendly ship. The sociable atmosphere onboard ensures that it's an ideal fit for those who enjoy connecting with fellow travellers, fostering a sense of camaraderie throughout the journey.
This voyage is perfect for individuals with good mobility, as the smaller ship may involve navigating stairs and accessing more secluded destinations. Whether you are a seasoned sailor or someone looking to delve into the world of sailing, this holiday promises an immersive and sociable experience, combining the thrill of the open sea with the warmth of like-minded company.
My most memorable sight: Witnessing the sails being hoisted to commence our journey aboard the Royal Clipper.
My most enjoyable activity: Partaking in the Scenic Railway Tour in St Kitts during the shore excursion.
My most delectable dish: Indulging in the chateaubriand steak onboard the ship – this was absolutely delicious!
My most cherished memory: Swimming off the back of the ship in Dominica and being immersed in the warm sea with the gentle rain added to the enchantment of the moment.