Fat Virgin Not So Pregnant
Trip Start Feb 11, 2010
28Trip End Apr 04, 2010
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At around 16:30 on 3/30, there was a better-late-than-never 'Crossing' picture taking session for passengers who had traversed the Pacific. We 'Crossers' all wore our Star Clippers complimentary 'Crossing' shirts. Wild Claudia from Argentina wore only her shirt with a belt! Caliente! Only Claudia could pull that off so sexily!
We went on the very interesting Engine Room Tour on 3/31. The main ship's V12 diesel engine is rated at 1,360 horsepower
040110 Virgin Gorda, BVI: Today is Mom’s 92nd birthday!! Woke up early. On deck at 6:00 to see awesome St. Croix, USVI passing on starboard and beautifully unspoiled St. Johns, USVI on port. Made unexpected turn into Tortola, BVI and anchored. Albert, a charming, elderly, retired, eye surgeon from England whom I had met at dinner, had a heart attack on-board and was being evacuated to a hospital via Tortola. No word as to his prognosis. Soon after, we raised anchor and headed for Virgin Gorda, BVI.
We arrived at beautiful Virgin Gorda around 9:30 and anchored in the North Sound near the high-end, 5-star Bitter End Yacht Club. The island (aka 'Fat Virgin’) was named by Christopher Columbus in 1492 because of the shape of the island’s silhouette. After being tendered ashore, we boarded open-air buses and headed to ‘The Baths’ at the opposite south end of the island. ‘The Baths’ are a bunch of huge, natural, volcanic, granite boulders strewn about the land and into the Caribbean, forming many grottoes
We returned back to the ship via tender and soon raised anchor and headed out of the North Sound and past billionaire owner of Virgin Airlines, Richard Branson's 74 acre Necker Island (his Balinese-style villa can house 28 guests in 10 bedrooms for only $53,000 USD/day). Later, we toasted Captain's Dinner with the ship's champagne. Will be at St. Barth tomorrow.