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  • Day191

    Wanderung mit Umwegen

    March 25 on the U.S. Virgin Islands ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Bevor wir am nächsten Tag weiter nach Puerto Rico reisten, wollten wir uns noch etwas mehr von der Insel anschauen. Wir planten eine kleine Wanderung zu einem Bay, einem der höchsten Punkte der Insel und ein paar schönen Aussichtspunkten.
    Auf unserem Rückweg nach Charlotte Amalie gab das Navi dann teilweise auf und wir verliefen uns immer wieder, weil unser Navi angab, der Weg führe dort entlang, aber es gab gar keinen Weg.
    Irgendwann schafften wir es aber, zurück zu finden und konnten uns dafür in einer kleinen Brauerei durchprobieren und gingen anschließend in die Beachbar Tickles, die in der kurzen Zeit unsere Stammbargeworden war.
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  • Day11

    St. Thomas

    March 16 on the U.S. Virgin Islands ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    St. Thomas, USVI- So beautiful.

    Our mission today: W had been wanting conch chowder. Mission accomplished. We took a taxi to town, (interesting-- open air with seats attached to big pickup truck chassis) and then walked around a bit. Many people wanted to sell us jewelry-- we told one that we were in search of conch chowder. He aimed us toward a restaurant.

    We walked a bit, and asked another jewelry-seller if we were on the right track to that restaurant. "Why would you want to go there?" he asked. He had previously conducted food tours, and suggested that Gladys's would be a better choice. It was great!

    W got his conch chowder. We shared an order of conch fritters and an avacado and lobster salad. SO good!!! Highly recommend Gladys's next time you're in St. Thomas.

    Back to the ship for some balcony time, and saw this guy and several of his friends at the pier.

    Dinner- Shrimp cocktail, sole, and lemon tart; seafood cake, chicken parmesan and Mississippi mud pie.
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  • Day192

    Wir müssen fliegen

    March 26 on the U.S. Virgin Islands ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Da wir immer noch kein Boot gefunden hatten, blieb uns nichts anderes übrig, als ins Flugzeug zu steigen. In Puerto Rico hatten wir bereits eine Unterkunft gebucht und wollten dort rechtzeitig ankommen.
    Der Flug war kurz und schmerzfrei und bald waren wir in Puerto Rico!
    Von Der Hauptstadt San Juan aus wollten wir unseren Weg zur Unterkunft, auf der anderen Seite der Insel, finden.
    Ohne öffentliche Verkehrsmittel fiel dies nicht gerade leicht und auch mit trampen kamen wir nicht weiter. Schlussendlich fanden wir ein Uber, welches uns direkt bis zur Unterkunft bringen konnte.
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  • Day187

    Es geht in die USA!

    March 21 on the U.S. Virgin Islands ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Nachdem wir ein paar super entspannte Strandtage auf den BVIs verbracht hatten, wollten wir weiterziehen auf die US Virgin Islands. Damit würde ich das erste Mal in die USA einreisen.
    Nachdem wir die Tickets für die Fähre gekauft hatten, ging es direkt los. In den USVIs bekam ich meinen ESTA Aufenthalt im Reisepass abgestempelt und dann waren wir da.Read more

  • Day14

    Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas

    March 5, 2020 on the U.S. Virgin Islands ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    We ran into Kim on the quayside and made arrangements to meet up for the next show, but after swimming for the first time in years and on the back of a not entirely satisfying breakfast it was high time to return to Explorer to refuel in the Windjammer cafe. After food, we headed back to the state room for a shower and to watch some Voyager (which was showing round the clock on the TV). We headed back on shore for half an hour or so towards the end of the ship’s time in port; mostly the shops in the harbour sold diamonds, but there was a neat shop that sold textiles made from bamboo fibre and was playing No Doubt was on the stereo - much more Dan’s kind of place.

    Dan decided to head up on deck for sail away time, which was just ahead of William Shatner’s show (he had joined the ship in St Thomas); from deck 12 there was a great view of the bay, and Star Trek II was showing on the pool screen. Time to go to Shatner’s show rolled around with no sign of the ship moving off, Dan met back up with Alex and found seats on the upper level, Kim walked in on the lower level but we caught her attention with a wave and she joined us. William Shatner’s style is… unique, this particular show seemed to be almost entirely unstructured - the memorable moment (perhaps not for the best reasons) was when a member of the audience asked Mr. Shatner to have lunch with her mum (which he declined to do).

    As we left the show we walked along the outer deck to avoid the crowds; the Virgin Islands were still visible, but falling quickly astern and we paused to watch the seabirds fishing in the ship’s bow wave on the way to the dining room. For the first time we were seated near a port hole and the birds could still be seen outside as the sky darkened, but our attention was soon captured by the vegan creme brule on the menu and a conversation about the economies of Caribbean islands.
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  • Day188

    Charlotte Amalie erkunden

    March 22 on the U.S. Virgin Islands ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Auf den US Virgin Islands wollten wir nur ein paar Tage bleiben, um nach einem Boot zu suchen. In der Zwischenzeit schauten wir uns die Hauptstadt Charlotte Amalie in einem kleinen abendlichen Spaziergang an.Read more

  • Day56

    St Thomas, USVI

    December 12, 2016 on the U.S. Virgin Islands ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    Wind. Blustery breeze.

    Hunkering down under the aeroplanes in the flattest, most protected water available. Coincidently a very nice spot! We're playing it safe until with winds drop back down below 20kts, at least for now.

    We've picked up the princess, she's alive and buzzing at the warm weather and clear blue water. To top it off, our anchorage happened to be host to numerous families of turtles, who popped up all over the bay, and forced us into countless impulsive swims. We also got the windsurfer up and running over these two days. Believe it or not, everyone our boat can windsurf - how's that??!

    It was great to be waiting on the weather. In a nice location we just had time to burn. Everyone set their own clocks and did their activities as they pleased. Not that we were ever on a hectic schedule, but I'm sure you know what I mean.

    I'm going to take the liberty here to offer a little insight to the weather. Jump to the two paragraphs if you don't like weather. So I bet you're thinking we get sun all day and moon all night, right? Wrong. We're riddled with showers, all the time. Although the sun is shining for most of the day, it doesn't take good eyes to spot a darkening cloud on the horizon. Contrary to weather at home, these clouds arrive quickly and leave quickly, torrenting with rain. Squalls would be the best way to describe them, as the reliably bring wind, lot's of wind, and heavy downpours. Often, in less than a minute, they're gone. With five or six of these per day or per night, it's infuriating. Hatches open, washing out; hatches closed, washing in. And by washing I mean electronics. Close the hatches and the bot roasts. First world problems, I know.

    We're also sitting in the trades, so we reliably get easterly wind and swell. It makes for easy route planning. It also makes for easy guidebook writing, as authors need only provide guidance for one wind direction. And in the charting world, a western anchorage is a safe bet. With regard to the temperature. I've seen only 26 and 27 degrees since we got here. More consistency than Fraser's presence in class during his study in Otago (never).

    Yesterday we motored up to Great St James Island to get a better angle to attack St Croix in an Easterly breeze. During his evening anchor dive, Scott meandered over to a nearby rocky outcrop. With Felicity and I in tow, we stumbled across a massive crayfish in around 1m of water. The rest is history. Scott's appetite for hunting cray is enormous. No crack goes unsearched and no craycray goes unattacked (size pending of course). After wrestling this sucker out of it's (particularly small) hole, we realised that there was no other way back to the boat than swim. Furthermore, the shallow water was surging with the swell, and sea urchins littered the alcove. With both hands tied up with said fish, swimming was tough. Witnessing Scott get smashed on rocks, urchins and pricked by a fiesty crustacean was undoubtedly the highlight of my day. Felicity took her sweet time getting the dinghy as Scott's shallow injuries mounted. After an eternity she (the cray) was safe in the yacht and fed us four for dinner...with leftovers. A fantastic end to an otherwise uneventful day.

    As a little aside, who's reading my blog?? I literally have no idea who's reading this. A teacher, some time during my numerous years of education, told me I should tailor my words to my audience. Send us a like or a comment if you're reading and let me know what you want to read more about!!
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    John Ellis

    Yo ho ho. Sounds like no fun at all. Did you make it down to the "dodgy" Bomba's Shack on Tortola? Legendary in it's day - does it still exist? Anchoring hint in a tight place - you probably don't want to stick an anchor fore and aft as it sucks when the wind changes, but if you stick 2 anchors out in a Y, it will cut down your swing a bit. And then you can have a really good cluster when you hoist anchors again and say why did I listen to that salty old fart. Take care of little sis when she comes and have a fab Caribbean Christmas

    12/13/16Reply
    Richard Ellis

    No we never made it there, don't know if it exists...will look into that! Thanks for the tips, if i find a second anchor I'll be sure to give it a go! Merry Christmas to you and the fam too

    12/14/16Reply
    Jools Peters

    Good job👍 keep it up Rich!

    12/19/16Reply
     
  • Day6

    The Entertainment Continues

    January 16, 2018 on the U.S. Virgin Islands ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Over the last few days the entertainment has been nonstop. We had a top tier loyalty event in the Aqua Theater with the Captain, champagne and a private show.
    We frequently have enjoyed the Jazz Club with its quartet and singer.
    The 90 minute Grease performance was like a Broadway production (or even better).
    We were also entertained by a Las Vegas vocalist, Tony Tillman who was backed by the full Harmony orchestra. He was non stop energy covering all types of music while getting the crowd involved.
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    Lynne Petersen

    I am exhausted just reading about it!

    1/17/18Reply
    Gloria Migal

    You two are going to need a vacation from your vacation!!

    1/18/18Reply
     
  • Day5

    St. Thomas

    November 15, 2018 on the U.S. Virgin Islands ⋅ ☁️ 28 °C

    Heute sind wir in St. Thomas angekommen. Wir sind direkt weiter zu Megan’s Bay aufgebrochen und haben ein paar schöne Stunden am Strand verbracht. Auch wenn es recht bewölkt ist, ist es ziemlich warm.

  • Day2

    A day in St. Thomas (Day 2)

    April 8, 2016 on the U.S. Virgin Islands ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    A peaceful evening and a smooth ride brings us to St. Thomas.

    We toured the best of St. Thomas with stops at the top of the island that provided beautiful views of Charlotte Amalie and Meagan's Bay.

    At Mountain Top (1547' elevation) a world famous banana daiquiri and no worries!

    A stop at the Great House and a Run Punch and the day keeps getting better.

    Next stop downtown for a little shopping then back to the ship.
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