Saint Vincent & the Grenadines

Thursday, March 23, 2023

The Lido was featuring a Caribbean themed dinner tonight. I guess a number of guests had the same idea that we did because it was more crowded than usual at this time. However, by the time I looked at everything offered, I just decided to go with some fruit and a salad. Chuck had chosen a steak that he had almost finished by the time I finally decided on and came back with my salad.

The Rolling Stone Band had the night off and it was game night in the BB King lounge so we enjoyed watching the lights of the island as we slowly, slowly left the St Lucia area. At times, it felt like we weren’t moving at all.

Today we were supposed to be visiting Barbados. We got notified right before we left that the stop was being changed to St Vincent’s. We had a snorkeling tour scheduled for Barbados, but I couldn’t find anything comparable for here that wasn’t already sold out. We took an island tour when we were here in 2016.

Scenes from 2016:

Botanical Gardens

Scenes from today:

So right after a breakfast in main dining room, I headed back to the Sea View pool. I was surprised to find more people here than yesterday. It was also much breezier than yesterday. Quite a few people had to chase their hats around the deck. Luckily, none of the hats went overboard.

I heard a lot of grumbling about Barbados being cancelled. As usual, there was no definitive reason given for the change.

Tomorrow we would be in Martinique and as far as I knew our snorkeling tour was still a go. So, in anticipation that we would be snorkeling, after I got back to the cabin, I got out our gear to treat the masks with the anti-fog gel and rinse out the snorkels.

It was soon time to get ready for our Canaletto dinner compliments of the casino.

Travel Trivia

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Before the arrival of Europeans and Africans in the 16th century, various Amerindian groups passed through or settled on St. Vincent and the Grenadines, including the Ciboney, Arawak, and Kalinago people.

Christopher Columbus, the first European to reach the island, named it after St. Vincent of Saragossa (San Vicente de Zaragoza) whose feast day was on the day Columbus first saw it (January 22, 1498). The name of the Grenadines refers to the Spanish city of Granada, but to differentiate it from the island of the same name, the diminutive was used.

On October 27, 1979, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines gained full independence from Britain.

On April 9, 2021, the La Soufrière volcano erupted, sending ash several miles into the atmosphere. Approximately 16,000 people were evacuated in the days leading up to the eruption.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are often referred to as a playground for the rich and famous as the islands of Mustique, Palm Island and Union Island are frequented by the ultra-wealthy as well as the British Royal Family.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is one of 27 countries that does not have a single UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Several scenes from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies were filmed in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are home to the oldest botanical gardens in the western hemisphere. The Saint Vincent Botanic Gardens were established in 1765 in Kingstown.

The national symbol of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is the Saint Vincent Amazon (Amazona guildingii), also known as the Saint Vincent Parrot. The bird can only be found on the Island of Saint Vincent and is endangered with fewer than 1,000 thought to still be in existence.

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*Trivia provided by Wikipedia

Author: mmmtravelmemories

A retired college administrator who loves to travel. I write to remember the experiences and, I hope, to inspire others to make their own travel memories.

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