A relaxing day today after yesterday’s early start and the flight from London to the Caribbean.
The good thing about flying into Barbados is that there is no need to go through customs and immigration, and baggage checked in at Gatwick is delivered direct to your cabin on board the ship.
The bad thing is that if you’re aboard the third of four planes to touch down within a few minutes, then there’s a delay before you can get off the plane and into the transport to the ship. A long delay.
We landed at 4.50 in the afternoon, but it was over an hour before we left the plane. A mixture of transport was waiting to transfer us to the ship, and by good fortune we found ourselves in a comfortable air-conditioned people carrier for the half-hour drive and the half-hour wait before we could join the queue for check-in.


By 7.30 we were in our comfortable cabin, a balcony suite on D-deck. A casual dinner seemed to be the order of the day, and we headed for the ship’s Waterside buffet restaurant for good old English roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. We might be in the Caribbean, but tonight is the restaurant’s Best of British night.
There will be plenty of time for jerk chicken or rice and peas later in the cruise, as there will be to enjoy the entertainment on offer aboard. Last night was early to bed.
We did not have an excursion booked for today, so walked the mile or so into the centre of Bridgetown. There were plenty of taxi drivers touting for sightseeing tours outside the terminal, but they were not overbearingly persistent. A polite “no thank you,