Lots of stuff going on in Montserrat so I thought I'd better get you caught up! Have you been to this dreamy, green island yet? You really should see what many refer to as The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean. Yes, the capital city was demolished in 1995 by a volcanic eruption, but these hard-working folks still have one of the lovliest islands in the world!
Beginning December 1, 2010, Twin Islands Ferry Service Ltd. will expand ferry operations between Antigua and Montserrat from a four to a six day schedule, Monday through Saturday. The fares for the ferry service are approximately $47 USD for an adult one-way-trip and $93 USD for an adult return trip. Children under 12 pay $23 USD for a one-way trip and $45 USD for a return trip. No advance ticketing is required, as travelers can purchase tickets at check-in. Passengers are also asked to check in 90 minutes in advance when traveling from Antigua and 60 minutes before the scheduled departure time in Montserrat. For more information, visit www.visitmontserrat.com or call 268.764.2800.
Located on a hillside in the town of Woodlands, overlooking the Caribbean Sea is the newly renovated plantation-style Royal Palm Club Inn. This eclectic dual-suite villa offers one of the island’s most elegant full service accommodations and is the ideal place for travelers looking for a secluded island hideaway. The club features the newly remodeled Verandah Restaurant as well as the addition of a cocktail/wine bar and pool lounge. Nightly rates start at $145 USD, including in-suite continental breakfast. For more information, visit www.montserrat-royalpalmvilla.com or call 664.491.2671.
The Montserrat Cultural Centre will be the venue of the island’s second annual Literary Festival, to be held November 12-14, 2010. With the theme Discovering New Worlds Through Words, the festival, known as the Alliouagana Festival of the Word, will feature presentations, creative writing workshops, readings and signings by regional and internationally recognized authors. For details on registration and other information, visit www.litfest.ms or call 664.491.3924.
On Saturday, November 27, 2010, runners from around the world will test their skills during the second annual Volcano Half Marathon, with proceeds from the event being donated to the local child support and advocacy group, Childline. The registration fee for the half marathon is $38 USD and includes a t-shirt, Montserrat gift items and a souvenir medal made out of volcanic material. For further details and registration information on the Montserrat Volcano Half-Marathon, visit www.volcanorunner.com.
Paying tribute to the destination’s culture, talent and creativity, the unique island of Montserrat will celebrate its annual carnival, known as Festival, from December 4, 2010 – January 1, 2011. The destination comes alive with music, revelry and a variety of events that highlight the resilient and exuberant people of Montserrat. For more information on Festival, visit www.visitmontserrat.com.
Sorry to report that the island's world renowned Soca artist, Arrow passed away Sept. 15 at his home in Lime Kiln, Montserrat after a struggle with brain cancer.