Voyage 7322 Day 1


Day 1 - October 9, 2013 - Bridgetown, Barbados

By Patricia Silva, Ornithologist

Co-ordinates: N 13º06'06”, W 59º37'52”
Weather: Sunny, rain showers
Air Temperature: 27ºC, 79.9°F
Pressure: 1013 hPa
Wind: 5 knots

I woke up early in the morning to say goodbye to our guest who sailed all the way from La Romana in the Dominican Republic all the way to Barbados. Silver Explorer arrived today to the Barbados’ bustling capital, Bridgetown, also the island’s only city situated on its natural harbor.

Some of our guests in transit went for a tour around the town with colonial buildings, discovering the residential neighbourhoods scattered with rum shops and chattel houses. Many enjoyed taking a respite from their day at one of the cafes or snack stands along the south banks of the Constitution River. There is good shopping, especially along Broad Stand on pedestrian-only Swan St, which buzzes with the rhythms of local culture.

Later on I was ready at the port to receive our embarking guests; some of them were familiar faces that travelled with me and Silversea before in other parts of the world. As soon as everybody was onboard I ran to the vessel to attend the embarkation briefing and the emergency drill.

Later today we handed the snorkelling gear to everyone willing to enjoy the crystalline waters of the Caribbean. Just before dinner, our Expedition Leader introduced some Heads of Departments and the Expedition Team in the Theatre, welcoming all guests for the forthcoming days of adventure.

After this long day, I’m here finishing the log and getting ready for our first day of expedition in Trinidad and Tobago. All in all, a fantastic day in Barbados.