Dominica

Today we anchored off Roseau, Dominica. We had visited this beautiful island in 1998, seeing much of the lush and mountainous interior on a long shore excursion when we did a solar eclipse cruise on Princess.

Our shore excursion on this cruise was a whale & dolphin safari. We took the tender to the town & walked a short distance to board a dive boat. Our guide took us several miles off the coast & we stopped every three nautical miles to listen with a hydrophone. We were hoping to hear signs of sperm whale, pilot whales or false killer whales or perhaps sight a few dolphins. The sperm whales dive very deep for about 45 minutes to an hour, then will surface for 10-15 minutes.

Alas, we did not see any whales or dolphins, only a few flying fish. We returned to our ship for lunch & relaxation, a bit disappointed.

Dominica was inundated by cruise ships today. Ships docked or anchored at the island, besides Regatta, included the Caribbean Princess (one of the largest in their fleet), the Carnival Victory, the Ocean Village (a Carnival subsidiary ship – this ship was the old Star Princess that we went to Alaska on in 1989), and the Wind Spirit (a cruise ship with computer-controlled sails).

The cruise has been fun & relaxing & the food has been excellent. The shore excursions have been mediocre at best.

Tonight we meet the other CU grads for a group photo & dinner in the main dining room.

More from St. Bart’s tomorrow.

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