After taking dozens of photos of the tall ship from the water and even more from the bow, stern and helm I realized it was actually possible to take too many photos of something. I was on the Royal Clipper, the largest full-rigged sailing ship in the world and with 42 sails, five masts, an agreeable crew and the Caribbean light shifting subtly with every turn there was no shortage of photo-ops. I was dizzy from looking upward. It was time to go ashore.
But browsing the Port Booklet of excursions made me even dizzier. There were 60 pages of adventures plus the option of just lazing on a beach. I finally narrowed my choices down by eliminating anything involving sails (even though I was tempted to be a part of the race team onboard an Ondeck Ocean racing yacht) and anything marked “Difficult, you need to be in good physical condition”. The other factor was that I didn’t want to spend ALL day away from the boat. But there were canopy tours across gorges in Antigua and River Tubing in Dominica. Could I do it all?
At the end I chose Hike to Trafalgar Falls & Champagne Snorkel (influenced by the word “champagne” and the prospect of seeing a Hawksbill sea turtle) in Dominica and the St. Kitt’s Scenic Railway, a leisurely roll through volcanic mountains and valleys with complimentary cocktails and an afternoon on the beach.
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