We see some very interesting boats here in the Caribbean. Not only are there lots of private yachts from Europe and lots of charter boats, but there are lots of passenger ships.
We saw this Dutch beauty, Stad Amsterdam, the other day in Rodney Bay. Launched in 2000, she won the Cutty Sark Tall Ships Race the next year. Today she carries passengers on sailing cruises around the Atlantic and Caribbean.
Just this morning we saw the Royal Clipper, the largest and only five masted sailing ship in the world. She carries 227 passengers in gracious luxury. Wouldn't it be fabulous to see it under sail?
Also in port is the Wind Star. We actually met two of the passengers at a restaurant and had a nice visit with them this afternoon.
And then a few days ago we saw the Queen Mary II. At 1132' long and carrying 2600 passengers, she is the largest true ocean liner, regularly making cruises from England to New York. She too is quite new, being launched and christened by Queen Elizabeth herself in January 2004.
We never saw anything like these ships in the Pacific Ocean or in and around Mexico and Central America. That's just one of the things that makes the Caribbean so interesting.