Tourism officials in Montserrat told me they hardly ever get cruise ships. So it was a pleasant surprise for them to come aboard Silver Explorer this morning and enjoy cakes and coffee as they completed the legal paperwork for Silver Explorer to bring its guests ashore.
Montserrat is perhaps best known for its volcanic eruptions. The island’s Georgian era capital city Plymouth was destroyed and two-thirds of the island’s population was forced to flee because of an eruption of the previously dormant Soufriere Hills volcano that began on July 18, 1995.
Our complimentary shore excursion included a visit to the Montserrat Volcano Observatory to learn more about the eruptions and how they affected island life. Most guests I spoke with, however, say they were impressed with the island itself and the fact that it was non-touristy. Montserrat is backroads Caribbean, off the beaten path.