Arcadia 2000
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28th March
- Fly to Bridgetown, Barbados
& embark Arcadia
Wednesday-Castries, St Lucia
Thursday-Roseau, Dominica
Friday-Basseterre, St Kitts
Saturday-at sea
Sunday-at sea
Monday-at sea
Tuesday-at sea
Wednesday-Ponta Delgada, Azores
Thursday-at sea
Friday-at sea
Saturday-at sea
Sunday 9th April-Southampton, UK

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This was the second trip on Arcadia and Anny's second cruise. However, John wasn't with us last time and we had arranged to meet-up with our new-found friend, Joyce, who we had met last time on Arcadia. So John would meet Joyce for the first time on this trip.

Flying to Barbados for the first time since Mum's death there in 1990, I was in trepidation as to how I would feel returning. Fortunately, it was literally a "flying visit", landing at 5pm, boarding the ship and sailing at 11pm the same night. The worst part was the drive from the airport to the ship, during which I recalled scenes from my last day in Barbados 10 years ago, when I left Dad there with Mum sitting-up in bed in hospital, complaining that they wouldn't let her have a cigarette!

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Arcadia alongside
in St Lucia
The Emerald Pool
Ponta Delgada
The Azores
Joyce, John, Anny, Andrew and Me The Dancing Cruise!

Our first "proper" call in the Caribbean was St Lucia, probably one of the most iconic of all the Caribbean islands and one of the most stunning. By contrast, Dominica and St Kitts were much smaller, quieter and less developed. I wonder how long that will remain the case? The rest of the trip involved a 9-day passage home across the Atlantic, including a mid-way stop in the Azores, a curious group of volcanic islands almost in the middle of no-where.

With all those days at sea, there was rather a lot of dancing on this trip. Our meeting Joyce last time had inspired Andrew & I to start dancing lessons last Autumn, so this was to be the first time we would venture onto the floor "in public" as it were - something of a traumatic experience but one from which there has been no looking back. Even John had a go at line-dancing with Joyce and his improvised session with Anny on Carnival Night has to be seen on video!

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Cruise Mileage: 4,021 nautical miles
Total Mileage to date: 75,258 n miles

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