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25 March 2015; Kralendijk, Bonaire.

In the early morning we rounded Bonaire from the West and then sailed south under the island heading for the town of Kralendijk. Looking towards the south, towards Venezuela it looked as if we were in for a rainy day. Dark clouds were laying overland and some extended to the ship.  But then the sun gathered in strength and it all disappeared and it became a hot Caribbean Day.  There was not that much wind blowing over the island and the Noordam easily docked at the North Pier. Kralendijk has two docks, the old one on the North Dock right opposite down town and the South Dock which was constructed later and is further out of town. When there are two ships in, the biggest normally docks at the North Dock so the largest number of guests have to walk the shortest distance. However today we were the only ship and thus we docked at the North Dock. Docking here is rather peculiar as the dock is fairly short and thus only the spring lines are connected to the dock, the rest, the breast lines and the head lines, go out on a 90 degree to bollards on the shore side. Some of those bollards are nearly submerged on high tide and then it looks strange to see mooring ropes disappearing under water.  But the wind tends to breeze up during the day and then these breast lines (those lines perpendicular to the ship) are needed to keep the ship alongside. The regular Trade wind blows with 16 to 20 knots but on occasion it is not unusual for it to go up to 35 to 40 knots while it is not really bad weather. Bonaire is the most Dutch of all the islands that belong to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Dutch is still widely spoken here, although there are a lot of shops, commerce does not dictate  everything yet and you are still able to ashore and find unspoilt areas in the town centre. Most of the guests when going ashore will focus on the beach life. The water […]

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