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January 2010

Take Off for Montserrat

January 2010

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View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & Celebrity Cruise 2010 & Antigua and Montserrat & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

The islands are kind of running together - if I didn't write up each day's trip as we did it, I'd not be able to remember which place we saw the nesting egrets, and which place we saw the lighthouse.

Webcam on TV

Webcam on TV

Today I finally did the wake-up call as Bob has been telling me to do - instead of pushing the button marked "Wake Up Call" on the phone, I did *93 and then the time I wanted to be waked up. We also ordered room service for breakfast. So this morning, the wake-up call came as ordered and the breakfast came a few minutes later. This was because today's tour is a helicopter tour of Montserrat, and I don't want to be late. We actually had plenty of time - I even had time to take a shower.

The ship backed in to the dock. Next to us - bow in- was Ocean Village, and on the next pier over was NCL Gem.
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On the dock before the tour

On the dock before the tour

I dressed as much as possible to look thin, because there is a 230 lb weight limit for this tour. We were to meet on the dock at 9:30, so we started out at 8:45. We didn't see the tour person with the sign on the first pass through, and Bob went all the way to the dock entrance.
Taxi tour booth at the dock

Taxi tour booth at the dock


I decided not to do that, and I started back and found the person. Apparently there were to be 5 of us, but it was only 0900, and there was another couple already there. Bob was waiting at the entrance to the pier, so I had to go and jump up and down and wave to get his attention to come back. The other lady on the tour came and then we just had to wait for someone from "staff" who proved to be the excursion lady.

We walked around to the taxi, and the excursion lady got into the front seat which annoyed me, because I didn't think she needed to be there and that was the seat I wanted.

Logo

Logo


laminated card of directions

laminated card of directions

Instruction card

Instruction card


There were several dogs at the heliport. One was named Radar and he had beagle coloring but was more the size of a small Rottie, and there was a female named Miller Lite because she was originally found at a nearby bar
Radar

Radar

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Helicopter coming in for a landing


Heliport on Antigua

Heliport on Antigua

They lined us up more or less by size and put me secono ladies next to me and the wife of the other man next to the pilot. They seat belted us in, and gave us ear phones with a device to push if we wanted to talk.

Bob getting settled

Bob getting settled


We took off about 10:00.

View from a helicopter

View from a helicopter


Beach from the helicopter

Beach from the helicopter


Ship at the dock below

Ship at the dock below


Cruise ships from a helicopter

Cruise ships from a helicopter


We flew over the harbor with the ships in it and in 10 minutes we were over the ocean heading to Montserrat
Sandy Island Lighthouse?

Sandy Island Lighthouse?

Posted by greatgrandmaR 16:00 Archived in Antigua and Barbuda Tagged antigua cruise_ship_visit Comments (0)

New Pyroclastic Flow Boiling the Ocean

Helicopter Tour

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View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & Celebrity Cruise 2010 & Antigua and Montserrat & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

We were heading to Montserrat.
Island in the distance

Island in the distance


Approaching Montserrat - all looks calm

Approaching Montserrat - all looks calm

black sand beaches

black sand beaches

Inhabited part of Montserrat

Inhabited part of Montserrat

Beach/shoreline

Beach/shoreline

House among the trees

House among the trees

Cliff edge

Cliff edge


Abandoned Sugar mill

Abandoned Sugar mill


Remains of a sugar mill

Remains of a sugar mill

Looking down on a destroyed village

Looking down on a destroyed village

Black sand beach from the helicopter

Black sand beach from the helicopter


We were over the old airport by 1020.
Defunct Bramble Airport

Defunct Bramble Airport


Exclusion zone

Exclusion zone


Bob looking out the window

Bob looking out the window


The pilot was saying that he was going to take us over to the old capitol but then he said - Hey there's a pyroclastic flow that is fresh. I took a short video of it
Pyroclastic flow coming down the mountain

Pyroclastic flow coming down the mountain


coming down the  mountain

coming down the mountain

Pyroclastic Flow coming down the mountain

Pyroclastic Flow coming down the mountain


It was coming down and turning the sea water to steam
Steam at the edge of the sea from the sea side

Steam at the edge of the sea from the sea side


Pyroclastic flow boiling the ocean

Pyroclastic flow boiling the ocean


Another picture of the steam

Another picture of the steam

Flow from farther away

Flow from farther away


Ocean water turning to steam

Ocean water turning to steam

Water turning to steam along the beach

Water turning to steam along the beach

Steam at the edge of the beach

Steam at the edge of the beach


Clouds of ash, smoke; steam from pyroclastic flow

Clouds of ash, smoke; steam from pyroclastic flow


Smoke rising from burning buildings

Smoke rising from burning buildings


The buildings that had been there were burning and marked by smoke plumes. So we couldn't get over to the old capitol because of ash in the air. We couldn't see the top of the volcano because it was in a cloud, and we didn't see any red lava or anything - it was all grey.
Lava River

Lava River

But the flow of ash was very dramatic and we got some good pictures. The pilot tried a couple of ways to get over to the old capitol but was blocked each time by dust clouds.
Ash clouds

Ash clouds


Mountain with clouds of ash

Mountain with clouds of ash

By 1050 we were on our way back to Antigua
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and we were back on the ground by 1100
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I bought the DVD that they had of the history of the eruptions.
DVD holder

DVD holder

DVD

DVD


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By 1120 we were walking back down the dock to the ship. They had divers working on the props
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and they were painting the ship in places too. We went to our cabin and rested up and I downloaded the photos.

About 1400, we walked back to the stern and went out on our deck and took some photos of the town of St. John from that vantage point
Huge catamaran at the dock - Antigua and Barbuda

Huge catamaran at the dock - Antigua and Barbuda

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and then went to lunch. I got some pizza and an Italian wrap thing which proved to have capers in it. I don't like capers, so I picked them out.

We went to trivia which was a Visual Trivia and this time was vocabulary where they gave you a word and three definitions and we were to decide the correct one. The first two words (Twee and Tomalley) were pretty easy. We also got the correct definitions for those two and Kecking and Cretinze. Cretinze means to make into a dwarf, which I'm not sure how to actually DO that

But we missed Jehu (reckless driver) and Fadge, and I thought that Curpin meant one thing but the person doing the writing put down something else. Then I insisted that Ranivorous meant someone who ate frogs, and I was right. So we ended up with 6 right out of 10. Three of the groups had 6 right. So they gave us a tie-breaker and unfortunately it was a true false question. I decided, based on the fact that it was a long detailed question that it had to be true, and two of the groups had true as the answer. Since he didn't have another tie-breaker, he gave us both the prize which was luggage tags.

For dinner, Bob and I both had shrimp cocktail (he had two) and cauliflower soup, and then I had Shrimp Scampi which this time had carrot flan. I don't care for the vegetable flans, but I did like the crunchy carrot curls on the top. Bob, of course, had salmon. He had apple pie for dessert, and I had the marbled cheesecake.

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