In late February Ursula and I boarded a series of flights that took us from El Paso to Dallas, to Miami, to Barbados. Once in Barbados we headed to the hotel as it was late, and we had a ship to catch the next day. That ship was Royal Caribbean’s ship Grandeur of the Seas, and it would take us on a fourteen-day journey to many destinations that Ursula and I had yet to visit in the Southern Caribbean. Our first stop would be in the Grenadines on the island country of Saint Vincent. Here, Covid protocols were quite strict. No one was allowed off ship unless they were part of a tour, so off we went on a catamaran adventure that would take us to another nearby island.
The tour was arranged through the ship, as personally booked tours did not meet the disembarkation requirements. We would have to remain with the group at all times, even at our ultimate destination.
The catamaran was quite the treat — spacious, airy, and fairly stable on the approximately ten-mile/16-kilometer crossing. It did get a bit rough at one point, but nobody lost breakfast.
Looking back during our departure I managed to snag a few images of Saint Vincent at the port of Kingstown:
And, thus, we were off to the nearby island of Bequia. with our wonderful tour guide doing a marvelous job of keeping us informed the entire way.
Our first destination was Port Elizabeth, where we would remain offshore for pandemic restrictions. Here are the views that awaited us:
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