Another lazy morning, as we have half a day at sea since our next stop, Devil’s Island, is not until noon. We sleep in, work on the blog and go to the White Elephant sale. Ray leads the auction of donated items from both passengers and staff. There are some really nice items: the Ship’s flag flown in Antarctica, a trip map of the whole 71 day trip and another one of the Amazon part, the Captain’s jacket, several dinners with your choice of members of the staff and entertainers. Ray offers a one night stay at his English Lake Country manor house with 21 bedrooms plus dinner and a show at his local theater, plus there are the various items that the passengers donated. All in all it was a fun hour or so and $11, 768 was raised for the Crew Welfare Fund. This is a fund that the ship uses to help the crew with emergences and also for special events to boost crew moral. In fact, Regent asks that we not tip, period, but if we want to do something for the crew to donate to the Crew Fund.
At noon, we can see the three islands that make up the Islands of Salvation or the Iles de Salut. They are Ile Royale, Ile St. Joseph and Ile du Diable.
Now we have to decide how to get to the top of the hill, 47 meters above sea level. We can take some very steep stairs or walk a longer route up a cobblestone paved ramp. We elect the ramp and slowly make our way to the top of the rain-slick stones. At the top, the area opens out onto both buildings in ruins and buildings being used by the current occupants.
The house of the commanding officer appears to be in reasonable condition but is not being used.
Drinks and dinner are pleasant but not memorable and we head for bed. The clocks are turned back an hour tonight. We are beginning the return to Texas time.