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Day 14 - St. Johns Antigua

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sunny 80 °F

I truly did not have any plans to do anything today, but it's always nice to just get off the ship, walk around the area, try to local food, and be on your way.

Our next stop was St. John's, Antigua where the weather was 80 °F, partly cloudy. There were two other ships in port with us, P&O Cruise, Ventura, as well as Silversea - Silver Wind. It's always fun to see other ships in port, whether they're much bigger, or smaller, it's great to see so many people enjoying the luxury of the open water.

Getting off the ship and walking up the pier, it was extremely disheartening to see/hear all the taxi drivers vying for your attention and fare. It's such a put off, that they're almost grabbing people and pulling your attention away from what you want to see/do. I would highly recommend, if you were to visit here, be sure to book a taxi ahead of time, and KNOW where to go to be picked up!

St. John's serves as the country's industrial powerhouse, the city also serves as one of the most developed in the Lesser Antilles. The verdant, undulating island is the largest of the Leeward Islands and is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean.

Antigua has a long association with Britain, having only gained independence in 1981. One of the island's most picturesque spots is English Harbor, where a fortress was erected, at Shirley Heights, to protect Antigua's commerce.

Within the harbor is Nelson's Dockyard, with a monument dedicated to the British Admiral Horatio Nelson, who was based on the island for three years in the 18th Century. The Dockyard fell in disrepair on being abandoned by the Navy at the end of the 19th Century but was reopened in 1961 after 20 years of restoration work. The waters around the Dockyard and the Harbor are now filled with splendid yachts making their way to and from Antigua. There's a botanical garden with native flora in peaceful surroundings.

The Capital of St. John's was, during the 18th Century, the principal British military stronghold in the are. Today, it's a thriving Caribbean town, where nearly half of all Antiguans live. (or drive taxis)

I was able to find a quaint little restaurant that seemed to be the only place with wifi....it was very hard to log on as everyone was trying to use it. Food was decent, came out quickly, and gave me enough to last me until I got back on the ship.

There was a special show later on in the theater, all the hardworking Filipino crew, who were able to, took center stage to present their traditional music, song, and dance from their homeland. It was a true spectacular show!!

Until Next Time,
Sluggo

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