Day 7 of Windstar's Caribbean Legend itinerary delivers us to St. Georges, Grenada. This is our first visit to the "Isle of Spice" so needless to say we are excited to explore. Grenada is a lush mountainous deep Caribbean island that features a rainforest, incredible waterfalls, the 2-mile long Grand Anse beach, tasty nutmeg, and of course the all important Caribbean product - rum.
Windstar offers a plethora of excellent tour options for Grenada. However after much research before our cruise we selected a comprehensive tour from A & E Tours. Our full description is below the Windstar offerings. Here are the Windstar tours available in Grenada:
Clear Bottom Kayaking: This is a great alternative for those who can't snorkel or dive. Sit on top while you journey over Gran Mal coral reefs, down to Cherry Hill, turn around and move on to Mollinere Bay to view popular dive reefs. After about an hour and a half you can swim in the calm bay, and enjoy a complimentary drink at the bar before you return to the pier. 3 hours.
Golden Nutmeg & Diamond Chocolate Tour: This aromatic tour lets you learn about Grenada's Nutmeg and chocolate production. First visit Gouyave Nutmeg Processing Station and see the processing chain with no conveyor belts or machines. Then move to the Diamond Chocolate Plant which processes the "Jouvay" organic chocolate. And of course there is time for tasting and sampling. 4 hours
Grenada Market Life & Culinary Demonstration: The tour starts at a fish market where you see how fish are scaled, de-boned, and sliced. Then walk to the local market and get introduced to an array of local fruits and veggies. The last stop takes you to a local shop for a short fun demonstration of cooking local foods and making famous rum mixes. Of course there is a tasting. 4 hours.
Pilot Your Own Boat: Have some wet and wild fun exploring the island on your 2-seat inflatable motorboat. Follow your guide past yachts until you enter the Caribbean Sea and move along the coast until you reach your snorkeling destination. You can snorkel around submerged statues or swim. 2 3/4 hours.
Walking Tour: Your walking tour of the capital begins in Fort George. Walk through the Sendall Tunnel to the National Museum, on to The Carenage for photos of a picturesque Caribbean harbor. Next to Church Street for churches built around the 1800's. Next, venture down Market Street where fresh fruit, veggies and spices are sold. Here you will be served a drink before heading back to the yacht. 2 1/2 hours.
Best of Nature Tour: This is the tour operated by A & E Tours that we selected. This tour is designed to accommodate 15 guests per van. Since we booked in advance and the company had a large German group for the same tour we were assigned our own driver and guide - just for the two of us. Thank you for the private tour, much appreciated.
We begin our tour by driving through St. George's past the national stadium and on to the quaint Amba-Kaila-Spice manufacturing plant where we picked up a few items to take home. Next we drove to Annandale Waterfall, where a diver jumped from the top of the falls into the pool below - for a tip of course.
From there we drove through mountains and the rainforest to Grand Etan Lake where our guide fed the fish to encourage them to rise to the surface. Next on our tour was Clarke's Court Rum Distillery, where we sampled various Grenada rums and made a couple of purchases. Our last stop of the tour was at Grand Anse beach, where we could see our Star Breeze ship docked in the distance. Very nice, very popular beach. The tour included fruit juice, water and snacks along the way. It was a very nice tour and a great way to experience much of Grenada's history, attractions and scenery, and pick up some terrific Grenada rum.
We were back onboard early today, at 12:30 for a 1 PM Sail Away, our last for this cruise. We enjoyed one last excellent lunch at the Veranda, quality time on deck, snacks at the Yacht Club and got the final info for our Barbados departure. Our final dinner was excellent.
A Look at Today's Events of Interest:
12:30 - 2 PM - Curry Station: The Culinary Team put on a theme lunch on deck.
1 PM - Sail Away Celebration. We had live music today for a festive Sail Away, the last of this cruise.
2:45 PM - Wine Appreciation Seminar: The onboard Sommelier put on an engaging wine tasting and information session on wines from around the world.
4 PM - Cooking Demo. The Executive Chef creates some of his favorite dishes.
6:30 PM - Disembarkation Talk: Destination Manager Steve prepared us for our Bridgetown, Barbados disembarkation tomorrow.
Followed By - Captain's & Crew Farewell: The Captain and crew came on stage for a round of well deserved applause and well wishes.
7:00 - 9:00 PM - Dinner: Dinner is served in AmphorA and Candles (reservations required).
9:00 PM - Live Music: in Compass Rose.
9:00 PM - Live music in the Star Bar, until ...
DRINK OF THE DAY: Pain Killer
White Rum, Dark Rum, Orange Juice, Coconut Cream, Nutmeg. $8.25.