The ship is moored opposite St Bart’s, perhaps the chicest of all Caribbean resorts, with its French influences in everything from food to fashion.
Finally, the cold front that has been doggedly following us for days has gone and we are floating on azure seas with cloudless skies.
Capt. Elliott was as good as his word – the waves suddenly ceased at 10pm the night before last, and we had a calm arrival at St Kitts.
I had lunch with the Tourism Minister and current chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, Ricky Skerrit, at a beautiful restored Great House called Fairview in the hills overlooking the harbour and the capital, Basseterre.
Mr Skerrit, who has recently returned from World Travel Market in the UK, brought me up to speed with his lobbying of the UK Government to try and get the Air Passenger Duty tax revoked or at least revised.
The tax – he said – is already hitting the island hard, with both airlines and cruise operators being forced to hike their prices to accommodate the increase.
He said he’s fairly confident the government will rethink the tax – which puts £300 extra in taxes on a family of four’s air tickets to the Caribbean – next March.