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Back in December ShipParade correspondent Balazs Elias spent time on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. Thankfully, he brought his camera and sent us these great pictures of cruise ships in Castries, Rodney Bay and Marigot. Enjoy!
Photographed in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia on December 19, 2016 is Windstar Cruises' Wind Surf. She first entered service in 1989 as Club Med 1 for French operator Club Med before being snapped up by Windstar Cruises. She measures 15,000 tons and carries 312 guests and 178 crew. She is "sail assisted", with sails on her five masts being electronically operated.
Shown docked in Castries on Decmeber 9, 2010 is Arcadia. The Vista class ship was originally intended for Cunard Line (her mast and funnel reveals the Cunard touch) but Arcadia instead entered the P&O Cruises fleet in 2005. More about the Vista class series here
Looking beautiful as ever is the world's largest sailing ship Royal Clipper. She is a true five mast sailing ship, albeit a relatively new one with a good set of engines to help her keep her schedule and all the comforts of a cruise ship. Balazs photographed the 5,000 ton ship at Marigot Bay on December 16, 2016.
She is the third ship in what ultimately will be a series of six 100,000 ton cruise ships targeting the German market. TUI Cruises, a joint venture between German tour operator TUI and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, has been very succesful in offering their cruises on an all-inclusive basis. Mein Schiff 5 was built by Meyer Werft, Turku in Finland and entered service in 2016. She is shown here in Castries, St. Lucia on December 9, 2016.
Twin sister to Wind Surf is Club Med's Club Med 2, which entered service in 1992. She is still very much a French ship, dividing her time between the Caribbean and Mediterranean. She is shown sailing of the St. Lucia coast on December 16, 2016.
Photographed on December 13, 2016 at Castries is Costa Magica. Measuring 101,000 tons, she entered service in 2004 and has a capacity for a maximum of 3,470 guests.
A great photo of a beautiful ship! Grandeur of the Seas is seen sailing from Castries on December 17, 2016. Launched in 1996, Grandeur of the Seas was the first of four sister ships. Interestingly, the ships were built in pairs at different yards. Grandeur and Enchantment of the Seas were built in Finland, whereas Rhapsody of the Seas and Vision of the Seas were built in France.
Last but not least is this photo of the Wind Star at Rodney Bay, St. Lucia on December 24, 2016. This charming 1986-built sail-assisted cruise ship caters to 148 guests.
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