Dominica – this was our first port of call. We had a Dolphin and whale watching tour booked. Dominica was not open for tourists to exit the ship and walk around. Due to the pandemic the roads were blocked. All guests were required to wear their face masks once we disembarked for our tour. We did not see whales but that is never a guaranty although we did stop to watch a pod of dolphins at play
Antigua – for this island we were too late to get tour availability but we disembarked and walked around. Once again masks were worn when entering any building or restaurant. St John’s is the capital of Antigua and has quite a few shops and restaurants. Antigua is a popular yachting destination as well.
St. Barts – For this port we had a semi submersible sub tour booked. We boarded our sub and were taken just outside the harbour area to explore the marine life and the importance of preserving the marine ecosystems We were shown how they were regrowing coral for the preservation of the coral reefs. St. Barts is no stranger to celebrities. As you approach the harbour you notice the many large yachts anchored here. The island is small but has many luxury boutiques and restaurants on its Main Street.
St. Maarten– We booked a tour to go to the French side of the island, St. Martin, but it was a Sunday and nothing was open. Once back in St Maarten we walked down the Main Street once vibrant with many jewelry and clothing shops now closed due to COVID and some because it was Sunday. Along the boardwalk we found the same but the weather was warm and the sun was shining. The locals were always pleasant and welcoming. Like us, they are waiting for times to return to normal and hoping that tourism will open up.
San Juan – Puerto Rico is one of the largest islands in the Caribbean, and old San Juan is the second oldest European settlement in the new world. Tours were limited but if you have never been to this island the El Yunque Rain Forest is a great tour. If you are not taking a shore excursion then the San Felipe El Moro, the fortress you see when entering the harbour is an east walk from the pier. San Juan has many sites within walking distance and it is always fun to meander and enjoy the ambience in the old town.
Our last port was Great Stirrup Cay which is a small island in the Bahamas. This is where the ship takes guests to their private beach area. Excursions offered were paddle boarding, zip line, kayaks and a Swim with the Pigs. The swim with the pigs was cancelled so most enjoyed the beach for a couple of hours and headed back to the ship.
On the last day besides having to pack Canadians are required to complete the ArriveCAN app and have a PCR test. Wifi on board is free so you can complete this prior to disembarking the next day. Regent provides the PCR test on board and you have your results prior to disembarking.
Back to reality!