Napa King II passing Fig Tree Bay en route to Cape Greco
Of late, the Napa King II, has sailed to Cape Greco, dropped anchor at Blue Lagoon for swimming, then Famagusta on the return leg.
Today, at my request, Famugusta first.
Usually Famugusta is a smudge on the horizon. Today it was as though we were much closer, all the hotels easily visible as individual buildings.
I asked. It was exceptional weather conditions, low humidity, the wind off the land, and as a result, heightened visibility.
Then set sail for Cape Greco and Blue Lagoon.
We sailed much closer to the sea caves and Lovers Bridge. We were able to do this as no other boats around and the wind and current ideal conditions.
We dropped anchor at Blue Lagoon to allow 20-30 minutes swimming.
Sea Dream II was moored nearby, only problem it was not moored, people being towed on a line, potentially very dangerous.
On mooring at the pier in Protaras, Aphrodite II moored nearby. A very noisy boat, it was noisy when it set off. Not a pleasant boat trip.
The last few days the pirate boat moored at the end of the pier has left the gate unlocked, any one, a child, could walk off the end of the pier. I walked on board and raised this. They claimed it was kids, opening the gate to dive off the pier. I have never once seen this. My response was lock the gate as does the other boats, then you will not have the problem.
The crew and the boat very rough. Not a boat I would feel safe sailing in.
Hotels all-inclusive, is having a devastating impact on local businesses and damaging the local economy. Napa King II is seeing numbers down compared with last year.
It is time the government got its act together and outlawed all-inclusive.
Napa King II sets sale from the Protaras Pier, 11am and 2pm every day during the season. There are also occasional night trips.