Friday, March 20, 2020

Caribbean Adventures on the Wind Surf

We left for our Wind Star Caribbean cruise on the Wind Surf on February 28th, flying to Phoenix, JFK and Saint Martin, arriving on the 29th in the mid afternoon. Many of the islands still showed damage from the last hurricane.They rely heavily on tourism, Saint Martin was only permitting local island flight for residents from March 17th onwards, and the cruise ships all went off to their home ports. The Wind Surf cancelled all cruises until further notice, and sailed for layup in Lisbon after all passengers disembarked. We had two extra nights in Simpsons Bay and were happy our flights were on the 16th. We expected mass chaos at Miami International, but zipped right through immigration and customs! Then we got to spend 8 hours at DFW!

Pre dawn arrival at New York's JFK international airport

Arriving at Saint Martin, DWI

Our Airbus A321S at Saint Martin, DWI

Wet deck after the rain.

Shaft of light after the rain. Phillipsburg

After the rain. Phillipsburg, Saint Martin

Charlestown, Nevis

Departing port, the Wind Surf hoisted her sails for "Sail Away". All 7 were up a couple of times, and several times the captain shut down the engines and we just sailed.

Compass Rose Bar and the Beverage Officer, Wind Surf

Roseau, Dominica

Trip into the rain forest. It rained!

Souvenir stall lady.

Dominica policeman

Saint Lucia

Les Saintes, Guadalupe

Zenaida Dove

Basseterre, Saint Kits

Wind Surf: 14,750 tons, 535 feet and 352 passengers. P&O Ventura: 116,017 tons, 956 feet, 3192 passengers.

Gustavia, Saint Barthelemy

Shell Beach

Phillipsburg, Saint Martin

Wind Surf and Holland America. I think this is the Noordam, 82,314 tons, 1924 passengers.

After sunset Holland America departure

Great Harbor, Jost Van Dyke, BVI

Back to the ship

Falmouth Harbor, Antigua

Long Bay Beach

Gustavia, Saint Barthelemy

Phillipsburg, Saint Martin. End of the cruise!

Simpsons Bay sunset

A321 arrival at MIA