To Itchepthav Bay

Beez Neez
Skipper and First Mate Millard (Big Bear and Pepe)
Wed 28 Oct 2015 23:57
To Ithchycoo Park or More Correctly - Itchepthav Bay
At first light we saw the cruise ship approaching, no sooner the word than the locals began buzzing back and forth to Mystery Island. Delivering ladies with their wares, tour guides and authorities.
She anchored some way off, behind Beez.
Then the bit that Bear had wanted to stay here and watch. The landing craft begin to ferry the hoards back and forth. A very entertaining thing to view eating breakfast. If you say so, sweetie.
I’m pleased to say this little fishing canoe has been out and about every day, so it’s nice to know village life carries on despite the cruise ship visits. .
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We left as the sun came out and a load were being taken back to the cruise ship for lunch. Made for a different view for me as Bear got the anchor up. We have had a wonderful time here in Anelghowhat Bay but time to move.
As we pass Radiance of the Seas we see yet more people appearing from the side.
Wiki Says: MS Radiance of the Seas is a cruise ship owned and operated by Royal Caribbean International. She is registered in Nassau, Bahamas, and is a gas-turbine vessel, the first built for Royal Caribbean. This system produces higher efficient speeds than other cruise ships, and emissions to the air are much lower than cruise ships powered by diesel engines.

Radiance of the Seas is the flagship of the Radiance class, which includes MS Jewel of the Seas, MS Brilliance of the Seas and MS Serenade of the Seas.

Radiance of the Seas is the first cruise ship to feature pool tables that are stabilized by a computer-controlled gyroscope. They adjust with the motion of the ship to keep the table-top level with the horizon. It has the most glass of any Royal Caribbean ship. She has 10 dining choices, a rock-climbing wall, mini-golf course, pools, and a water slide.

During the northern summer season, Radiance of the Seas operates in Alaska. In spring and fall, she visits the Hawaiian Islands, and in the winter season, the southern summer, she visits Australia and New Zealand – a very busy girl.

Now the stuff I like.

Builder: Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany

Cost: 350 million

Maiden Voyage: 7th of April 2001

Tonnage: 90,090 gross tons

Length: 962 feet or 293.2 metres

Beam: 131 feet or 39.8 metres

Draught: 28 feet or 8.5 metres

Decks: 13, 12 accessible to guests

Speed: 22 knots or 25 mph

Passengers: 2,501

Crew: 859

We draw parallel to the reef on our left, I get to do a bit of wave watching.
Soon Radiance and Mystery Island get smaller.
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We turn right and head up the west coast of the island, later we see a fire and hope it’s a controlled one.
After our right turn we looked back for a final look at Radiance of the Seas.
Our destination is after the little lump on the left.
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Closer in to the coast and we are unsure about the fire as we can see no apparent reason for clearing work......... Turning into the bay we were surprised to see coconut trees on the narrow beach with a stepped cliff behind. Not a soul about and no sign of a village anywhere.
Interesting sky to our left, but we should duck under it before it rains on us.
Itchepthav Bay looks pretty sheltered on the chart plotter.
We anchored at three o’clock after our short hop of eleven miles. We saw black sand on the beach with a pretty backdrop.