Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 – St. Georges, Granada – Partly Cloudy – 85F

Another early tour so another order from room service – the breakfast was good except that my banana nut buckwheat pancakes came as blueberry pancakes. Still very tasty.

The P&O Azura is also docked here today.

The pier is medium length as we made our way to the vans.

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Serenity and Azura

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St. Georges from the Pier (Ft. Frederick in distance)

We are on a “Highlights of St. Georges” tour today (same tour different vans) – two hours in a comfortable air conditioned van (I also had to sit in the front seat since no passenger could have managed to get into that seat). Claude, our guide, did a good job of describing the sites.  Our first stop gave us a view of the St. George’s Prison and the harbor (a good shot of the ship). 

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Prison and Harbor

After making our way to the top of the hill, we stopped for photo ops that captured the beaches and our ships docked across the harbor.

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Ellen’s van also stopped here and she took a picture of me taking pictures.

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We also stopped at St. George's Medical School (about 6000 students), which is a US venture (40 years old) that turns out MDs. We made a quick stop at Maurice Bishop International Airport (formerly known as Point Salines International Airport) and the nearby Memorial to the lives lost in the 1983 US “Intervention”.

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Intervention Monument

As we made our way around the island,

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Oprah’s Homes

Claude pointed out a row of homes overlooking the sea – he said these were owned by Oprah Winfrey (don’t know if she lives in any of them).

Our comfort stop was at Prickly Bay Marina, where I chatted with passengers and had a Caribe beer (still a very good beer). We were back on the ship about two and half hours later.


We tried to going back out after lunch but once again it was too hot and not much to see in the area around the ship.  We did stop at the terminal for a photo op.

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St. Georges Street (Not Going There)

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Terminal Photo with a Local

Soon, we were back on the ship and cooled off by a Heineken Beer.

The Chanukah candle lighting ceremony suffered a huge drop off in attendance but it was still nice as Rabbi Herschman provided some more insight into the Chanukah holiday. There were latkes afterwards with no waiting.

The sail away gave us a beautiful sunset.

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We had dinner in the Crystal Dining Room – Ellen had the Dover Sole (deboned at the table), which was excellent and I had a pasta consisting of spaghetti folded over and wrapped in a sheet of eggplant. I wasn’t sure about the dish at first but I wound up eating almost all of it – it was very good. We both had mushroom soup as well and it was very good – just like we had a Prego.

Variety Showtime Tonight featured the Latin Dance Quartet – Lots of Swing and Energy – Show band Vocalist Karin Kovakova (a couple of torch songs) – and a Ventriloquist Act featuring Gary Hunter and Mr. and Mrs. Tweed. The show was very entertaining – apparently Gary was a ventriloquist for many years before joining ships.

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