The ship was scheduled to depart for Tortola at 6:00 pm but was delayed due to some late arriving passengers. We used the time to unpack and relax by the pool.
We arrived at Road Town, Tortola around 8:00 am and, after breakfast Jan and I decided to go ashore and explore a little. Since it was Sunday, few of the shops were open and there was not a lot happening other than the local church services.
This was “SuperBowl Sunday” and the television reception onboard ship was poor at best. The captain had decided that he needed to change the cruise itinerary in order to get to a place where passengers could watch the game. The ship would sail for Virgin Gorda and the Crawl Pub at Bitter End Yacht Club. Due to the distance to cover, the ship would sail at 2:45 pm.
Jan and I decided to not go ashore that evening and instead had dinner on board with some other passengers who were not football fans.
Our planned “Land-Sea Excursion” for the next day (Monday, 02/07/11) had been canceled because of rough seas so Jan and I decided to take advantage of some hiking trails near the Bitter End Yacht Club. It was a fun hike but we had to turn around when the trail got too steep and rocky for Jan’s sandals. Here is one view from the trail.
Following our hike we took the tender over to Prickly Pear Island for the beach barbecue being put on by the ship. We staked out a shady spot and checked out the beach. It was beautiful but I think we don’t enjoy sitting on the beach as much as we did when we were younger.
That evening we sailed for the island of Jost van Dyke at 4:00 pm. After watching the sails go up we had dinner with four fellow passengers and, as usual, we had a great meal and great conversation.
More to come.