Winter Vacation 2011 – Part 4

We left Jost van Dyke at 4:00 pm on Feb. 8th and sailed for St. Kitts.  This was going to be a rather long leg of the voyage.  After we got underway the seas became rather rough and, for the first time in my adult life, I started feeling the onset of motion sickness.  By dinner time I was feeling poor enough to elect to skip dinner and just hole up in our stateroom.

I spent a rather unpleasant night but by morning I was feeling good again and ready for breakfast and our day on St. Kitts.  We had visited this island a number of years ago and at that time we climbed the dormant volcano (Mt. Liamuiga, formerly Mt. Misery)  shown in this picture.  On this visit we had a more leisurely activity planned.

At 8:00 am we departed the ship and were bussed to the starting point for the St. Kitts Scenic Railway.  This narrow gauge railway originally was used to transport sugar cane from the plantations around the island.

The railroad runs around the Atlantic side of the island and passes through some beautiful scenery.  Here is one of the black sand beaches visible along the way.  The tracks go through some rugged areas with ravines crossed by trestles.  If you click on this picture you can see one of the track maintenance cars crossing the trestle.

The train featured complementary refreshments, both alcoholic and non- and even had an a-cappella  choir singing both modern and traditional songs.  The second half of the tour was via bus through some of the towns on the Caribbean side of the island.

That evening there was a huge barbecue served poolside with music and dancing by the crew.  Later the passengers joined in the dancing too and everyone had a wonderful time.  We spent a long time that evening under the stars talking with our fellow passengers.  It was a very memorable night, unfortunately I had chosen not to carry my camera so I have no photos to show.

Our next destination was the French island of St. Barths where we were to spend two days.   We had a island taxi tour planned for the first day and a catamaran/snorkel excursion for the next.

More to come.

4 comments on “Winter Vacation 2011 – Part 4

  1. hey dad, great photos. sounds like a fun time (other than the seasickness!). question, do you take notes when you’re on trips like this, cuz some of these blog entries seem quite detailed…

  2. Steev,
    Yep, we have a moleskin notebook for travel notes so we can remember the details. Plus the photos with the Amod track for geotagging. I will put up a map later if I get a chance.

  3. Hi Tom & Jan,
    Great pictures and reading your blog is like taking the trip all over again. Really did enjoy meeting you two and look forward to continuing the trip with you.
    Take care,
    Judy

  4. As Judy said it was just like taking the trip all over again. Thanks so much for sharing this with us all. The exceptional feature of these Windstar cruises is the special people you meet and get to know. We did indeed have some wonderful, thoughtful conversations and shared some great experiences – even the failed wake-up call! Looking forward to the next installments!