The P&O Ship ‘Ventura’ arrived yesterday and unloaded hundreds of passengers onto the beach and into town. Huge ship, spent just the day in Grenada and off she sailed again at sunset. Quite a sight. Not quite sure how much a feel for the country the passengers gain but perhaps they give talks on the ship about each island they visit. The local vendors had the umbrellas out on the beach and the local water taxis buzzed about all day. Every time one went near Beyzano they all waved, so we were quite tired by the end of the day with all that waving. No umbrellas today, so can safely assume they aren’t expecting any cruise liners in.
Last night we met John for a drink and to discuss an exciting new business he is hoping to start up soon. We also met another couple who knew our boat from Haslar Marina, a couple who were next to us in Trinidad and another couple we met in Grenada in July. In fact, there are boats we recognise in most places we visit now as the community is reasonably small.
Rob and I were in St George by 0800 to climb the small hill to the Fort overlooking the bay and Carenge. It is still used by the police and had a well equipped gym in one building but it needs a lot of renovation work. We braved the fruit market stall holders but have become more used to their sales techniques and happy to say ‘No thanks’, knowing they won’t be offended.
Later we are having a BBQ on the boat before getting her ready to sail in the morning. We have a bit more to do, with awnings to take down and the dinghy to secure to the davits to stop it swinging around when we are sailing. It will be sad to leave Grenada as we have spent nearly 2 months here this year but we’ll be back in March to pick up our friend, Steve 🙂