MAYREAU_I bet there’s a good chance you haven’t run across this place in all your cruising. We haven’t.
It’s the smallest inhabited island in the Grenadines, with a population of under 300. World Navigator lies anchored just off a wide stretch of sandy beach, and Zodiacs have been going back and forth all morning, ferrying supplies and equipment for a very special treat for those of us onboard: A full-on beach BBQ.
And when I say “full-on,” I mean everything you could possibly ask for, beautifully executed.
Waiting for us as we exited the Zodiacs were lounge chairs, towels, snorkel gear and water toys for those so inclined, along with a full bar and the aroma of food cooking on charcoal grills.
The resort area by the beach afforded jaw-dropping views of crystal-clear waters, palm trees, catamarans anchored offshore and in the distance, the sleek profile of World Navigator. It was like we were living in a postcard.
After applying liberal amounts of sunscreen, it was soon time to grab a plate and follow the tantilizing smells to the food area. Chef Muro and his team really outdid themselves, offering a wide array of grilled meats, including the biggest prawns you’ve ever seen, plus a long line of salads, fixings, bread and desserts. Afterwards, we dined on white linen tableclothes, beautifully set up in the bar area.
If it wasn’t the best meal we’ve had on this cruise, it certainly was right there at the top.
Again, Atlas showed how they excel at providing superior service and fulfilling their promise of a “luxe adventure.”
Back on the ship, we shower and get ready for the next item on today’s agenda: Another COVID test. Not our favorite thing — or anyone’s elses — but necessary for our flight back to the United States from Barbados tomorrow.
Tonight, Sean, the entertainment director, promises another treat for our last night at sea: A special dinner under the stars on tables arranged poolside on deck 7. The weather should be perfect.
After that, the dreaded job of packing up our stuff, and trying to get everything to fit, including our purchases along the way. When those luggage tags arrive, then you really know it’s almost at an end.
There will be more to say after we return, summarizing our experience with Atlas Ocean Voyages and our time on their debut ship, World Navigator. So stay tuned and hopefully, next time you hear from us we’re back on US soil.
PHOTOS: Credit Gerry Barker
The sandy beach on Mayreau
Cooks prepare our BBQ feast
The tables where we’ll chow down
Look at the size of that prawn
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