U.S. Virgin Islands

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    • Day 11

      Day 4 Saint Thomas

      May 17 on the U.S. Virgin Islands ⋅ ☀️ 84 °F

      I got up at 5am and spent 2 hours reading and cross stitching. I saw the sun rise at 5:45.

      Glenn brought me some watermelon after he did his daily 30minutes on the bicycle.

      Since St Thomas is US VIRGIN Islamd, I was able to use my internet data package.

      We even talked to Dad on FaceTime. We were talking to Tom and Cheryl from NJ.

      I went to a craft class called Pearl diamond art

      The 4 of us took a taxi/bus along the St Thomas island.
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    • Day 4

      St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

      December 20, 2022 on the U.S. Virgin Islands ⋅ ☀️ 81 °F

      We slept in a bit today (which means 7:30 Caty/Laura time). Once again we were scheduled to arrive a little early, so we hit breakfast, packed our bags, and hopped off the boat at our first opportunity. We were hopeful that we'd get to walk around and see some cool stuff, but we found that the area immediately outside the ship was one big tourist trap with trinket/jewelry shops. We walked around for a bit, and then decided to write it off and get back on the boat to wait for our scheduled excursion.

      After a short wait, we hopped on a safari bus and climbed up the island to take in a view of the bay dotted with sailboats and yachts. Shortly thereafter we went to the north side of the island where we spent two hours at the beach.

      Laura and Caty were thrilled to see some sea turtles, while I spent my time chilling in the shade and then walking along the water with Laura.

      After some time at the beach, we hopped back on the bus to wind our way back up to the very top of the island, where we got a scenic view of the island, and several other adjacent U.S./British Virgin Islands.

      Back on the boat, Caty hit the water slides again while Laura and I enjoyed cocktail hour, and devoured some mixed nuts while we waited for dinner time to arrive. We had reservations at the seafood restaurant on the ship, which Laura and I both enjoyed immensely.

      After dinner, we made the briefest of appearances at the ship's casino (we won't be going home rich), before calling it a night since we have an early scheduled arrival and snorkeling excursion scheduled for tomorrow.
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    • Day 8

      Magens Bay, St Thomas

      December 11, 2023 on the U.S. Virgin Islands ⋅ 🌬 29 °C

      Got to St Thomas and Mom and I headed to Magens Bay to enjoy the beach and some snorkeling in warm water. Mike and Denice went Scuba Diving. You didn't have to even try to float, you could fall asleep in the water. Saw some Sea Turtles and large schools of silverfish, that the Magnificent Frigatebird and pelicans would dive into the water and get. Move had fun looking for rocks and shells along the banks of the bay and we enjoyed the day.Read more

    • Day 10

      St. Thomas

      January 4, 2023 on the U.S. Virgin Islands ⋅ 🌧 77 °F

      Today, we visited St. Thomas. Our tour took us on a scenic drive around the island, stopping at Mountain Top for a banana daiquiri and views of Megan's Bay. Then we drove through the city of Charlotte Amalie and past Fort Christian, built by the Danes when they first came to the island. We rode the tram up to Paradise Point and did a bit of shopping before returning to the ship for a relaxing evening.Read more

    • Day 6

      Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

      February 23, 2023 on the U.S. Virgin Islands

      Greg & Megan set off in the morning to see Magen's Bay. We three took a 2-hour taxi ride to see the island. At the mountaintop, we came upon G&M, and enjoyed Banana Daquiris. Our driver let us out near Gladys' Cafe. Guess who we were seated next to? Greg & Megan!

      Wayne had his Conch Chowder. I had a friend grouper sandwich, and Julianna had a grilled tuna sandwich. Wayne & I headed back to the ship, while the younger 3 went in search of rum cake.
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    • Day 56

      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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    • Day 5

      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.

    • Day 191

      Wanderung mit Umwegen

      March 25, 2022 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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    • Day 2

      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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    • Day 192

      Wir müssen fliegen

      March 26, 2022 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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