Last Update: 25-DEC-2011
We docked in St. John's. Antigua, the largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands, is about 14 miles long and 11 miles wide, encompassing 108 square miles. Its highest point is Boggy Peak (1319 ft.), located in the southwestern corner of the island. The taxi driver, Terrence Jackson, showed us the Boggy Peak and told us it was officially renamed Mt. Obama. Taxi driver was very good and loved his island. We went past a beautiful old church, St. Barnabas Anglican Church, made from native stone that has a beautiful green color. The island was very green and the driver told us they had record rains so it was more green than usual. We stopped at an overlook, which may have been English Harbour. We then continued on this road and went by Nelson's Dockyard but the group decided not to go in the museum. We continued to Fig drive which is home to The Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour. This is a unique eco-tour through Antigua's lush rainforest where you embark on an unforgettable 21-element journey through the verdant forest, high above the trees. It was hot and humid and our tablemates said they sweated through their clothes as soon as they got there. We considered three beaches--first was Turner's Beach, next was Darkwood beach and we continued to Valley Church Bay. All were beautiful. I think this was chosen because of the beach bar. This beach and the other two along this stretch were nicer than Dickenson Bay, where we went last year. The beach was lovely but visibility of the water was poor. That was true last time also and we were told to come in summer when water clarity is better. We stayed until 2:30 or 3:00 and then back to the ship. After eating and showering we went back to the shopping area for rum. Ken bought some St. Marteen rum and a spiced rum.
Looking south at Antigua as we arrive. Looks like a nice day
Lots of goats
Looking at the Chinese-built Sir Vivian Richards Stadium with long island in the background
Local store as we drive along
Stopping to check out St. Barnabas Anglican Church between Sweets and Falmouth (Located at: 17.0387777N 61.7902341W)
Falmouth Harbour from the vender area.
Dockyard police station at English Harbour
Taking old road along the southern coast.
More goats along old road. The taxi driver owns some goats and was telling us how they let the goats out to wander to feed. This happens every day but only after they are "trained". Otherwise they won't come back home.
This may be Darkwood Restaurant & Bar
We ended up at Valley Church Bay where peopel would walk buy trying to sell us stuff every 10 minutes or so.
The drive back to the ship. Very 3rd world feeling to the place.
We were in port with Celebrity Constellation. We miss the cold towels and drinks.
It's always hot when we come here ! 83.3 degrees Heat index 91.4 degrees with a dew point of 73.3
A room with a view
St. Johns Harbour views
Always a great place to watch frigatebirds
Departing St. Johns Harbour with a big thunderstorm to the east.
Mt. Obama (with antennas in the distance) This is the highest point of Antigua, 402 meter (1.319) feet above sea level. A one-hour climb will take you to the top of this highest point on Antigua, from which you can glimpse the neighboring islands of Montserrat and Saint Kitts. It was formerly known as Boggy Peak but was renamed in honor of Barack Obama on August 4th, 2009. I am sure it will be renamed after Mr. Obama destroys the United States !
Another person slips and falls. The decks of this ship are very slippery. I assume its because of all the SPRAY lotions that the lazy people now use. 30% goes on you and the rest goes on the floor.
Container port facilities
Fort James Constructed in 1706 and garrisoned up until 1850, Fort James is unique in that it is the only fort that still retains it's cannons. All the other cannons on the island were sold for scrap in the late 1860's. While the fort never saw battle, it was capable of firing 24 lb shot a distance of one and half miles using 8 lbs. of powder.
Russellīs Bar & Restaurant at Fort James
Looks like a groundhog coming out of the water
Montserrat appx. 26 miles away Montserrat is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom. Its Georgian-era capital city of Plymouth was destroyed and two-thirds of the island's population forced to flee abroad owing to an eruption of the long time dormant Soufriere Hills volcano that began on July 18, 1995. The eruption continues today on a much reduced scale, the damage being confined to the areas around Plymouth including its docking facilities and the former W.H. Bramble Airport. An exclusion zone extends from the south coast of the island north to parts of the Belham Valley. Parts of the zone may be open during the day, and provide visitors with a spectacular view of the volcano and the destruction it has wrought upon the town.
Sunset over Redonda Island (Antigua and Barbuda) (30 miles away) The "Kingdom of Redonda" is a slightly humorous name for the tiny uninhabited island of Redonda, which is situated between the islands of Nevis and Montserrat, within the inner arc of the Leeward Islands chain, in the West Indies. The island is now part of the country of Antigua and Barbuda. This small island may, arguably and briefly, actually have existed as an independent kingdom, the title to which is still to this day contested in a half-serious fashion. The "Kingdom" is also associated with a number of supposed aristocratic members, whose titles are given out freely by whomever is currently the "King". According to a story told many years later by his son, who was a fantasy fiction writer, in 1865 Matthew Dowdy Shiell, from the nearby island of Montserrat, proclaimed himself to be the rightful, and supposedly legal, "King" of the island of Redonda. This story may be partly or entirely fictional. The small (approx 1 square mile) island of Redonda, is essentially one very large rock. It is the remnant of an ancient volcanic core, and the land rises extremely steeply from sea level, mostly as sheer cliffs. Although to Columbus the island appeared to be round when viewed from the side, it is in reality long and narrow. Redonda is uninhabited, except by wildlife and a flock of feral goats, who manage to survive on the poor grazing on top of the island.
Sunset time continues
Checking my email in the computer area. I brought my own system, which was good as the ships systems were down a good bit.
Passing St. Kitts on the 200 mile trip to Tortola
RCL in neon