Back in Bequia

Royal Clipper is shown here at anchor in Kingstown, St. Vincent. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
This afternoon, Star Clippers’ Royal Clipper sailed into what is one of my fondest cruise ports in the Caribbean: the small island paradise that is Bequia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines.
Pronounced beck-way, I was first and last in Bequia five years ago today onboard Silversea’s Silver Spirit, a nimble, 540-guest luxury ship. Bequia isn’t visited by megaliners of any sort; only small luxury, niche and expedition ships can come here – and the graceful Royal Clipper fits into Bequia harbour like a glove.

Welcome to Bequia! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Welcome to Bequia! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

And yet, I’m unsure how to feel about today. I am flooded with a million emotions because that voyage was the jumpstart of my journalistic career; the moment I transitioned from a casual cruiser to a professional author of cruise journalism. At least, I think it was. I’ve been cruising since 1998, and going full-tilt on the ocean since 2005.
In contrast to the rest of my reports, which are written late at night, I’m writing this a little before four in the afternoon. I’m sitting outside, in the deserted Tropical Bar. The rest of the guests have gone ashore. I have the ship to myself and, briefly, she is mine.

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