Sugar And Spice And Everything Nice in Grenada

Royal Clipper at anchor off St. George's, Grenada on a stormy afternoon. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Royal Clipper at anchor off St. George’s, Grenada on a stormy afternoon. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Monday, December 14, 2015

It’s official: I’m having excellent sleeps here aboard Star Clippers’ Royal Clipper, which gently rocks me to sleep each and every night. Our sea conditions were not nearly as heavy last night as they were upon our departure from Barbados, which meant far less rolling and much calmer seas. From conversations with the crew, it seems that on these runs sea conditions are heaviest on the first and last evenings of the cruise, as the ship makes her way to and from Bridgetown.

Today, we have another relaxing morning of sailing the warm Caribbean Sea before our arrival in St. George’s, Grenada at Noon. And that seems like the perfect opportunity for us to take a virtual stroll around the decks of the beautiful Royal Clipper!

Captain Nemo’s Spa & Gym

Under The Sea! Captain Nemo's Spa & Gym are located below the waterline. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Under The Sea! Captain Nemo’s Spa & Gym are located below the waterline. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Have you ever wondered if you’re below the waterline of your ship? Wonder no more: Captain Nemo’s Spa and Gym aboard the Royal Clipper is most definitely below the waterline – and Star Clippers isn’t shy about letting you know. The room, which is accessible via the forward spiral staircase that spans Commodore and Clipper Decks, is located one deck below Commodore Deck and is lit via a series of portholes mounted deep beneath the hull of the ship. These look out onto – you guessed it – the sea.

Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

So how does the sea not get in? Well, layers of tempered marine glass keep the sea out. Plus, the pressure at this depth (perhaps five to ten feet below the waterline) isn’t terribly great. But it sure is cool to look out on the aquamarine coloured waters while you work out on the treadmill.

Even the stairway to Captain Nemo's is elaborate. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Even the stairway to Captain Nemo’s is elaborate. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

In addition to a surprisingly full-featured gym, the Spa aboard Royal Clipper features a series of small but well-appointed treatment rooms, along with a marble-clad steam room that’s perfect for relaxing after a long day at the beach – or a long day climbing the ship’s mast, which guests can do on certain days.

Clipper Dining Room

The gorgeous Clipper Dining Room is the main dining venue aboard Royal Clipper. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

The gorgeous Clipper Dining Room is the main dining venue aboard Royal Clipper. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

The Clipper Dining Room is the main dining venue aboard Royal Clipper. Situated on Commodore Deck – the lowest full passenger deck – this two-tiered room recalls the grand dining saloons aboard the great transatlantic sailing ships of days gone by. It’s also bright and airy, thanks to a number of oversized portholes that frequently get washed by high waves and sea water, which gives the room a decidedly nautical feel.

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Our Live Voyage Report from onboard Star Clippers’ Royal Clipper will continue tomorrow from Tobago Cays! Be sure to follow along with our adventures on Twitter @deckchairblog.

 

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