Morning comes and we head for Spanish Town on Virgin Gorda after story time. Many of us elect a morning tour of the Island and we get on the first launches for shore.
At $20 the excursion is well worth it as you get to see most of the island with a narrated tour and stops for photos. The tour ends at the baths and driver will come back for us at 3 different prearranged times this afternoon. En mass we head for Mad Dogs for toasted sandwiches and something cold . Great spot and great food. There is a "fancier " place called Top of The Baths , no one I talked to went there. We walk down the path to the baths. Just about the whole ship is there eventually. Great beach, great snorkelling , fantastic photo ops here and on the adjoining Devils Beach. We head up the path to catch a 4 pm taxi back to the dock. First however we stop at Mad Dogs for a pinacolada. Gayla was right, these are the world's best. Swizzles at 5 then many of us clean up for dinner ashore. We ate at Chez Bamboo. Others went elsewhere. Dinner was OK but we should have stayed on the ship and had the Roast Duck.
Everyone is meeting later at Bath and Turtle for a party. We did not stay long , apparently those that went had a rocking time.
Next morning we sail to Cooper Island. Divers get taken off to do the wreck of the Rhone. We spend a fabulous day on the beach, snorkeling , swimming and eating lunch brought ashore by the crew. We find a gigantic conch shell and trade it to Don from Dallas for Party Fool tee shirts. We try the sea kayacks and have a neat time.
Back on the ship we have swizzles, dinner and crab races. Once again a hilarious time had by all. Number 8 wins at 24 to 1. I was not holding a winning ticket..
Next day we are off to Peter Island and a beautiful cove and series of beaches.
We take the morning snorkel excursion to the Caves of Norman Island and the Indians
( a series of rock formations). This $38 excursion is a must do if you snorkel, but, be prepared to do a whole lot of swimming. I do not recommend it if you are out of shape.
Highlight , a rather large spotted eagle ray and a grouper about as big as myself.
Hindreds of fish species and beautiful coral and rocks. Lunch back on the ship.
After lunch we have the option of being dropped about1/2 mile from the beach where we are headquartered. The launch takes our beach stuff on ahead and we snorkel
along the shoreline. Easy to do as you move with the current. This is another must do as the snorkeling was wonderful here. If you don't do the snorkel excursion, you could spend a whole day on this shoreline. Rest of the day just being lazy on this wonderful beach. We meet up with Amazing Grace for supplies ( a Windjammer owned freighter that supplies all her ships). A few of our group salutes Amazing Grace in an unusual manner and the salute is returned by passengers on the Grace Evening sail is into Road town Harbor. We have Captains farewell Dinner followed by much exchanging of email and regular addresses.
Group has grown quite close. Some folks are leaving us as early as 430 am to catch first flights out of Beef Island. Mrs. Bill is exhausted from the swimming today and crashes at dinner time. I hang out a bit talk to some of our new found friends.
Best wishes to Bob from Chicago, our group from Colorado, Canada, Ilinois and NY,
Pat and Pat, Al ,Nancy and their boys and Deana and Lark . Kansas City (we'll see you twice in St. Thomas before the trip is over), Steve, Don and all the Party fools. Lloyd and Faith who stayed aboard to do it again (I finished the book) and everyone else.
Thanks to Captain Adrian and a fabulous crew who made this a memorable experience. To Dennis our steward and his brother the phantom crew member.
Final Chapter later.