Hello to you all.
I'm not sure exactly where to post this message. But, figured here is a good spot?
'Cuz, I started my "cruising life" as a kid in the Bahamas
, and late last year one of my brothers gave me an old photo
(see below) of myself holding up a big Barracuda that I caught there in Bimini
, in early 1966! (where my sunglasses were, I don't know!)
(While I've never been on a Cruise Ship
, if I were ever to do so, it's little things that might be important)
I'm just sharing this as a way of showing that there are still some out there in our world that do care about each other, enjoy learning
about others / other cultures, etc...(and, even though we ocean sailors / cruisers like to think we are some of the last bastion, there are others out here too.)
Virgin Voyages Cruise
Line does things a bit different. They don't own a "private island", like other cruise lines
, but rather contract
a nice "beach club" on Bimini
Island, in the Bahamas
But, they also encourage their passengers AND crew to learn about real local culture and engage / befriend many local Bahamians!
This video of a short "crew tour", was filmed/produced by a friend of mine who works as crew on Virgin Voyages "Scarlet Lady". Showing her touring the island and learning
a bit about their history
, etc., and eating fresh conch salad (for the first time), fresh caught local fish
(snapper?) and some sweet home-made pineapple juice.
All wonderfully prepared by Miss Antoinette (a long-time fixture in Bimini)!
This is just Lucy's own video, from her personal Youtube channel....and, it is not
in anyway affiliated with Virgin Voyages Cruise Lines!
As I wrote, I've never been on a Cruise Ship
(doubt I ever will), and I assume neither have most here (nor most that watch my sailing / maritime-radio videos)...but, if you ever do desire to "take a cruise" (or have friends looking at doing so), my advice
is to look seriously at Virgin Voyages.
They are "adults only" (no one under 18 allowed), all up-scale restaurants included, are very conscience of "leaving a clean wake", etc.....and, aren't like the "big corporate cruise lines" that act like bull-dozers / 800lb gorilla's!
BTW, if you all are curious about how far back my connection to the Bahamas go....have a look here....that's a pic of me holding one of the barracuda's I caught fishing
with my Dad (he's also in the pic, with his back to us) and my brother and sister, in Bimini...
This was early 1966....just before I turned 5 years old....this was the start of over 55 years of wonderful times in the Bahamas!
And, hey....if you also wish to see a Life Boat
Tour (on a Cruise Ship), have a look at Lucy's wonderfully fun life-boat-tour video! (I've been in the pool, doing life-raft training
, and I've done MOB
drills, etc....but, I admit I've never seen inside a big commercial
lifeboat! And, I found it darn interesting!)
Also, if you care to help a young explorer out, subscribe to her Youtube channel.
(remember the pay on-board Cruise Ships is crap....by USA
standards, it's below minimum wage, even taking into account free room/board....so, some of the "western" workers on-board have side-gigs...like Youtube)
I hope some of you not only enjoy the above, but also don't look too far down your nose at Virgin Voyages ships, 'cuz they do seem to be doing things a bit differently than the rest of them!
Fair winds to all.
s/v Annie Laurie, WDB6927