Day 6 was spend in St. Kitts.
Friday morning I woke up 630-ish. Mom called my cabin not to long after seeing if I was up and wanted to get some breakfast. We headed up to deck 9 again, grubbed, and headed back to the cabin to get ready. On the way back, we could see St. Kitts was pretty close and we had already slowed to arrive into port. Looking Aft, another ship was approaching behind us (we were always the first large cruise ship into every port). We got ready in our cabins. We watched as we arrived and they tied the ship to the pier. At 8 we made our way off the ship to make our excursion, ATV Adventure, that we booked through Carnival. Once we found the person with the sign, Mom realized that she forgot her ticket. She then had to go all the way back onto the ship and into her cabin to grab it. She returned a few minutes later, much faster than I thought. In minutes all the waivers were filled out and we were on our way. As we left the other ship was docking. It turned out to be Emerald Princess.
While on the way to our excursion location in St. Kitts, I noticed something felt a little different about the place. It was sort of a US West Coast feeling, yet because of the grassy hills and mountainsides it reminded me of where I spend most of my childhood, Montana. Obviously it was still tropical with occasionally more lush vegetation, but the majority seemed grassy. It was quite a contrast to St. Lucia from the day before. I liked it quite a bit. BTW St. Kitts gained their independence 30 years ago, this past September. Happy (late) Independence Day!
Our group’s van arrived where we were to start our ATV tour. There were 8 of us in the group and 2 guides. The guides got us all together, told us the rules, and asked who hadn’t been on an ATV before. Only a couple hadn’t. The guides went over some operating instructions and had us all drive in a few circles to make sure we were good. Mom did excellent. A few months prior, I took her out on some other ATVs back here for some practice because she had never been on one before. Because of this practice back home, she was good to go in St. Kitts. One thing I should point out too, is that the ATVs we were using were pretty new. They were pretty much automatics with High and Low drive gears, reverse, and neutral. They were also fast, but not overwhelming. Very controllable. After the circles, we got all lined-up and headed off to do our tour. Once underway, we picked up some speed fairly quick. This was a lot of fun. Mom (who was in front of me) was going faster than I thought she would (I was impressed). We sped along, stopping a couple times for photos in the grassy areas. At one point we ascended into a lush forest and it rained for a couple minds before the sun came out again. It was occasionally difficult trying to ride the ATV while looking at all the cool surroundings.
We continued through the forest and again through the fields. Since this was the Carnival excursion, we didn’t get to make it to Romney Manor or a couple of other sights. When the tour wrapped-up we were able to spend a little time on a resort property. We were treated to some juice and cake as well. Afterwards we headed back into Basseterre. Before heading back, I took a couple photos on the property.
The trip back to town took a little while. Because of the ships taxis and cars were all over the place. Tourists and locals were flocking around intersections. We made it back to the main shopping area by the pier, tipped our driver and headed back to the ship for lunch. After lunch, we dropped some stuff off in our cabins and headed back ashore. Mom wanted to do some shopping and I wanted to see about hitting up another part of the island. I could never decide on what to do though. I wound up looking around some of the stores myself and bought a magnet for my tool box. One thing I must warn you about here… EVERY STORE has the exact same stuff. Most islands have stores with a lot of the same junk, but ST. KITTS so far, has the most stores that all feature the exact same stuff. After that buzz-kill, I decided to get my buzz back on and had a few beers at a couple different bars, running into all kinds of folks. One bar in particular had a lot of crew from the ships having some food and drinks while using wifi. I chatted with a couple of them, asking where they were from, what they were into, asking if I could crash a crew party, etc… It was all pretty good conversation. I’ve always had some respect for what crew do, but after the Behind the Fun tour and hanging out with them, I appreciate what they do quite a lot. They’re very friendly people off the ship. Many miss home very, very, much. Most of them were using the wifi to get in touch with family and loved ones.
It was getting a little later in the afternoon, and with not quite enough time to really do much else on the island, I headed back to the ship. Mom was already back on board, hanging out on her balcony. I returned to the ship just in time too as the horizon grew VERY, VERY, dark. A storm was approaching from the Northeast. I knew it was going to get interesting, so I took a shower and then took a seat on my balcony to watch the stormy events unfold. Boy was I in for a show.
As predicted it was a pretty nasty storm. The Carnival Valor and Emerald Princess were facing the direction of the storm and the pier passage between the ships became a wind tunnel just prior to the storm. Wind gusts blew over hand sanitizer stands, signs, golf cart roofs, and blew tourists hats into the water. Umbrellas were turned inside out. Then the rain came WITH FORCE! It was absolutely torrential. People sprinted to the gangways with umbrellas inside out, shouting. Some tried to cover themselves with their beach towels, you could see the sheets of rain just blowing buy between the ships. I had to keep stepping back into my my balcony wall. Many of the passengers waited the rain out in the shops and the building at the entrance of the port. Lightning flashed and very loud thunder quickly followed, the storm was right over us. Eventually it began letting up and people who were sheltering themselves made their way back to the ship for sail away.
Now. I’m one for relaxing on vacation, but what I experienced next was disgusting. When there are two ships next to one another, people are always going to be looking at the ship across from them. I’m not nosy, but I like people watching too. Right before the Emerald Princess began it’s sail away, a heavyset guy stepped out onto his balcony completely naked. FULL FRONTAL. I just about barfed. I told Mom, who was looking around not to look in the general area of the guys cabin. A few minutes later he came back out naked, AGAIN! DUDE! ***?!? Another Carnival passenger on their balcony shouted at the guy “Dude, put some clothes on! Some of us have children!” The guy headed back into his cabin. He came back out (clothed this time) when his ship started sailing. The Carnival passenger who shouted at him earlier exchanged some unhappy words with him from their balcony. Not much longer after Emerald Princess departed, we left St. Kitts behind as well, in light rain.
After leaving St. Kitts, Mom and I headed to the buffet for dinner. It was a busy night for Rosie’s. Lots of people eating there. While eating we could see St. Kitts, off the side of the ship. It had grown dark and was storming again. All of a sudden, lights went out across half the island. They had a power outage! Wow! Then more lights went out! It was odd to see! After finishing dinner Mom walked around deck 5 and then to her cabin. I walked around the rain-soaked outside decks and watched as we sailed away from stormy St. Kitts. It was quite a sight. I called it a night a little past 9.