A lot can happen in two decades and it certainly did to Antigua. Hotels, restaurants, stores and a large distillery built up there businesses and employed many more locals.
I had breakfast with Mom in our suite on the Seabourn Sojourn. As with all the service on this ship, it was delivered on time and set up beautifully on the table in our living room. Mom decided to stay onboard in the morning and I got ready for my tour with Antigua and Barbuda Tourism.
We talked about all the changes in the island with many more stores and high end hotels, such as Sandals, Rosewood Jumby Bay and St. James. She told me that there were also many more direct flights coming into Antigua. There’s even one from London.
The distillery was quite large and I found the tour quite interesting.
After the distillery tour, we headed to the office and store. I tasted some of the products, including the English Harbour Aged Rums. I always did have good taste and the 1981 was my favorite at $600 a bottle. It was smooth and filled with caramel and vanilla, with just enough sweetness.
We drove around the island for a while and I was able to see some of the beautiful beaches this island is known for. I was especially taken with the one at Fort Antigua.
Here I was delighted to see a group of children playing and singing (see video below).
We also stopped at another historic spot, Fort James. Both forts had breathtaking beach views.
The trip ended with a bit of history at Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour. I noted that it was a place I would definitely like to come back and explore. In fact, they even had a hotel right on the Dockyard to stay and enjoy the views.
I watched the Sojourn sail away from Antigua as the sun was setting before getting dressed for dinner.
Mom enjoyed one of her favorite dishes, a crab cake, for her main course.
We both started with a tasty Cauliflower Soup, followed by a Leek Stuffed Artichoke that was also quite good. The Pasta with Wild Mushrooms and Goat Cheese I ordered for a main course was one of my favorite main dishes on the ship so far.
I once again found myself ready to turn in early after a full day on the Seabourn Sojourn. Another was yet to come, on the island of St.John.