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DESTINATIONS CRUISE | CARIBBEAN


FROM FAR LEFT: Enlarged pool deck,Silver Spirit; horse ride to Salto El Limón, Dominican Republic; Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens, Soufrière, Saint Lucia; and Marigot Bay, Saint Lucia PICTURES: David Pou/Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism; Shutterstock


into Castries’ bustling harbour, and stepping into the colourful chaos of Saint Lucia’s capital is a shock to the system. My advice? Jump in a cab (ideally booked at the cruise terminal’s information centre, to avoid being overcharged) and head to the sulphur springs of Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens, or for a hike through the island’s 19,000 acres of rainforest (the Barre de L’Isle trail is the most easily accessible). A taxi cost $50 to take me to Marigot Bay (and back), a small curve of snow-white sand and the setting for 1967 film Dr Dolittle. It’s


one of the island’s quieter bays, split into two sections: the south side, which is accessible by road and has a small supermarket, hotel and restaurant; and the north side, just across the water, and inaccessible to vehicles. A near-constant water taxi service will ferry you to the other side for a couple of dollars. When it comes time to leave, the thought of returning home to cold weather and a butler-free existence makes me long for life back on board. It might have been my first Caribbean cruise, but I don’t think it’ll be my last.


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A seven-day Caribbean cruise on Silversea’s Silver Shadow, from Fort Lauderdale to San Juan, departing on December 3, costs from £2,970 including flights, transfers, one night in a hotel pre-cruise and one free shore excursion in each port, for bookings made by June 28.


Silver Spirit has moved from the Caribbean and is sailing in the Baltic, the Med and Indian Ocean this year. A nine-day cruise from Dubai to Mumbai, departing on November 10, costs from £4,860 including flights and transfers. silversea.com


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