A Seaspray Sunset
Iwill admit I am a sucker for a beautiful sunset so when presented with the opportunity to go sailing with Seaspray Cruises I couldn’t resist. Dark clouds threatened to ruin the day, but that thought was immediately eliminated when I arrived at the dock and received a warm welcome from the staff aboard the Mango Tango. My guest and I were escorted into the vessel which is spacious but still offers the intimacy that goes along with the romantic excursion.
Safety first though. The crew gave a detailed demonstration on proper life jacket procedures. We set sail from the Rodney Bay Marina promptly at 5 pm, moving purposefully towards the coastline to reach the ideal vantage point for the feature attraction. Pretty soon the pulsing steel pan rhythms filled the air as guests were served champagne and Seaspray’s signature rum punch. Along the way, the staff pointed out key landmarks and provided some historical background on the island’s rich culture.
Then the rains came down; at first a light drizzle which quickly morphed into a torrential downpour. Luckily the catamaran does provide solid coverage, and the staff sprung into action, quickly drying all the areas and keeping the guests thoroughly entertained with witty banter and a steady stream of adult beverages. What could have put a surefire damper on the day actually drew couples closer together as they huddled against their partners, waiting for the cloud to pass.
And when it did, the vessel drifted lazily on the water as a glorious rainbow was revealed and guests drifted out onto the deck to revel in the orange, purple, and crimson hues emanating from the brilliant sunset which was emerging. Everyone was completely transfixed and enjoyed the quiet company as the sun slowly disappeared behind the now tranquil seas. But the evening was far from over. More drinks! Accompanied by a sumptuous spread of local treats and an energized rendition of many popular island classics by the steel band. It was a party on the sea as the vessel roared along the coastline with the jubilant group in full on dance mode. The mood tempered off a bit as the trip started winding down. Once again the couples held on tightly to each other, but not to escape rain as before. This time they just didn’t want it to end.