Tuesday April 2nd 2013

Latitude: 12,6,36N
Longitude: 68,56,0W
Course: 0 degrees
Speed: 0 knots
Status: Day 88 – Docked, Willemstad, Curaçao
Notes: Arcadia arrived here at abound 8.00am and the pre-arranged tours were soon on their way. I had a relaxed breakfast, then walked ashore and into the town. It was hot, but a breeze kept things fairly cool. I found the McDonalds that was widely advertised but it was extremely crowded and sadly the free Wifi advertised there was not working. I will wait until our next port of call, Barbados, and try to find a free Wifi there instead. By lunchtime, temperatures were up to 30C, 86F so I had coffee and biscuits in a Subway shop and then headed back to the ship. Temperatures were still the same by mid-afternoon, and the strong wind was deceptive and I think some may be caught out by the heat… The swing bridge they have here is entertaining – if a ship wishes to pass through then they simply close the bridge to new pedestrians and the whole bridge pivots from one end, still with people on the bridge! The ship passes through, the bridge pivots back to its normal position and pedestrian access is restored! If you’re on the bridge when it pivots, then you move with it. When Arcadia left the port, the swing bridge had to be opened fully – but the tug being used to move us off the berth had a problem with its towing rope. This was soon sorted out, but in the meantime the pedestrian bridge was left open. Even after we had left the port the bridge had not been put back for pedestrian use as the pilot boat had to return.

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