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Pearson Gardens

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  • 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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  • 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
     
  • 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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  • Day172

    St. Thomas to St. John USVI

    March 10, 2016 on the U.S. Virgin Islands ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    We “quickly” sailed downwind to St. Thomas to pick up Corey and Jamie in the large harbor of Charlotte Amalie.
    It’s a large flat sandy harbor so we picked any old spot away from the ferries only to find that seaplanes had their own unofficial runway at our stern, which we found to be entertaining. Their plane landed right as we anchored so we jetted straight to the airport…. And just in time I might add…. As we bumped into good ole Corey & Jamie at the airport (who had been giddily sipping free rum samples), they immediately steered us over to a long line for car rentals…. Asking us if we recognized anyone… and by George …of all the gin joints… our college friend Sarah whom, we both met through NEUs outdoor club NUHOC, was standing there! We had traveled thousands of miles away from home over the course of 6 months and, still, we serendipitously bumped into friends from home. Everyone was engulfed in hugs and disbelief asking the same dumbfounded question “Wow, what-the, when, how are you?!?!?!”Because Mike & I were so organized our first order of business was to go grocery shopping in St. Thomas. Fun! Our first night we ate out in town, arriving just in time for happy hour. With beer and cocktails in hand, we made a game plan for the next 5 days – Circumnavigate ST. JOHN! Before leaving we meandered the town of Charlotte Amalie, known for its jewelry district. I found the Dutch influence in architecture to be of far greater interest; the buildings were made-up of old weathered stone walls with thick heavy wooden doorways and fat metal latches beautifully fashioned from a time period I can only imagine.

    St. John, day 1: We beat into the wind (‘beat’ is sailing jargon for bashing the bow of your sailboat into or close to the wind – aka not fun sailing) to St. John and hooked onto a National Park mooring. We snorkeled the area, spotting several stingrays and a turtle and the next morning we ran the dinghy onto shore in Reef Bay.
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  • Day3

    1. Stopp: Virgin Islands

    July 3, 2017 on the U.S. Virgin Islands ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Gleich früh geht's an Land: Amerikanische Jungferinseln, St. Thomas. Süße kleine Insel (insgesamt ca 50.000 Einwohner) und wir suchen uns einen Fahrer, der uns mal ein bisschen rum fährt. So bekommen wir einen guten Überblick und am Ende steigen wir an einem schönen leeren Strand am karibischen Meer ab. Geile KulisseRead more

  • 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.

  • Day8

    St. Thomas {Charlotte Amalie}

    December 14, 2018 on the U.S. Virgin Islands ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Die Anthem of the Seas legte in der Crown Bay an. Kleinere Schiffe können auch an einem anderen Kai anlegen, der etwas näher zur Innenstadt liegt.
    St. Thomas ist das einzige Gebiet der USA (Unincorporated and organized territory) wo Linksverkehr herrscht.

    Ansonsten eine überschaubare Insel. Online einen Scooter gebucht. Mit dem Sammeltaxi nach Havenspoint gefahren. Online Buchung hat nicht funktioniert. Ärger kommt auf. Der junge Mann leiht uns seinen eigenen Roller.
    Während Assi von hinten immer fahr links rief, habe ich versucht den Schlaglöchern auszuweichen.
    In Magens Bay gebadet. Der Strand soll zu den 10 schönsten der Welt gehören. Das Wasser war angenehm warm, wie Mallorca im Sommer. Es geht immer etwas Wind, was die hohe Luftfeuchtigkeit erträglich macht. 2 x haben uns kurze tropische Schauer überrascht.
    Rechtzeitig an Bord, tolle Dusche, tolles Essen, tolle Unterhaltung, u.a. bei Love and Marriage!!!
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  • Day8

    St Thomas, Oh goody, US immigration.

    November 11, 2014 on the U.S. Virgin Islands ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    We've got the usual US immigration farce at St Thomas this morning.
    The line for non US passengers is the full length of the Royal Promenade, it's now 9.30am and it's been like that since 7am.
    Sheila and I have decided to leave going right until the last minute, because I'm definitely not standing in that bloody line.
    The real bad thing is that we'll have to do it all over again in Ft Lauderdale, all because our last stop is in Coco Cay which is British.
    Why can't they work these stops out better?
    If our last stop was a US port we wouldn't have to do all this crap again.
    But no that would be to simple for RCCL.
    We've decided that this will be our last transatlantic for a good while, as we're sick of the US immigration, and also the long haul flights back home.
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  • Day9

    US immigration, and it's SHITE attitude

    November 12, 2014 on the U.S. Virgin Islands ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Well the US immigration met all my low expectations.
    Sheila and I approached the customs officer, and with a smile I said good morning and handed her my documents.
    I then stood back and casually pushed my hands in to my shorts pockets.
    The cheeky cow of an immigration officer did no more than glare at me, and in a very condescending voice said to me "take your hands out of your pockets " I said "what?
    Really? "
    She said yes take your hands out of your pockets.
    Well I lost it and said to Sheila "I'm 64 years of age and being spoken to like a child.
    I then pushed my hands back in to my pockets, Fuming.
    She then said it's a security issue and that she didn't know where I'd been before I came to immigration.
    I said "well take a wild guess where I've been as we'd been on a cruise ship for the last 12 days".
    Anyway that was about it she stamped my passport and off we went.
    It just pisses me off the attitude of these people, give them a uniform and a bit of power and it goes to their head.
    I'm afraid as much as I love the USA I can't be doing with their over the top, and paranoid immigration service.
    It's things like this that make you realize why the USA is so hated around the world.
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