A Sea­spray Sun­set

Tropical Traveller Magazine - - ISLANDTOUR - Nasha Smith - TT's Guest Trav­eller

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.

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