Blogs from Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands, Central America Caribbean


We arrive at Saint Thomas and there is already one other ship in port. As I enjoy my coffee on the verandah and third vessel arrives the Enchanted Princess. She will dock behind us and that puts paid to privacy on the balcony . Boo hoo, first world issues. Her upper decks are crowded with onlookers and here I am in my robe and slippers. So here we are, bow to stern with the Rotterdam and stern to stern with the Enchanted Princess. I heard there are two more large cruise ships at the other dock so that makes five. Last night I had planned to dine at the Tamarind for Asian goodies. Then I saw the dining room menu. Frogs legs (I haven’t had them since Quebec City years ago) and calves liver and bacon. ... read more
Prom Night
Last day

It was great to wake this morning and know we are still on route to St Thomas. As our next and final destination is Port Canaveral in Florida, when we get to St Thomas they will do the immigration clearance of all the passengers and crew. This will save a massive lot of time when we finally disembark Norwegian Epic As we have a small tour booked for St Thomas we have a slot at 8.30 in the morning for our immigration clearance. We are up really early and in the buffet for breakfast for about 6.30am. The last few days it has taken us a few hours to complete breakfast with so many people wanting our attention, so we do not want that to delay us today. When we arrived at Manhattans restaurant for the ... read more
Our route here
Our route
Excursion ticket

This morning is the last day of 2017 and we are in Charlotte Amalie, which is the capital of St Thomas, in the US Virgin Islands. It is only 18 degrees here, or at least that is the latitude. We were told it is due south of Bermuda and 40 miles directly west of Puerto Rico. The temperature was predicted to go up to 83 degrees F and it seemed to have done that. There were occasional clouds with a gentle breeze, but nothing that would embarrass the tourist centers. We got up and had a quick breakfast from the International Café. The ship docked about 8:15 and we left soon thereafter. Our tour group met on the pier beside the ship and then we walked to the end of the pier and jumped off. Actually ... read more
One of their beautiful beaches
The Open Air Tour Bus
Donkeys along the Road

Day 1 - 6/13/17, Arrived in St. Thomas, checked into the hotel, enjoyed our first cocktails at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef overlooking the St. Thomas Harbour. Dinner at the hotel restaurant Coco Joe's. Day 2 - 6/14/17, We took the St. John's ferry from Redhook & joined Salty Dog Day Sails for a wonderful excursion to snorkel at Lovango Cay, enjoy shopping at Foxy's, & pain killers at the Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke, BVI. Dinner at Havana Blue. Day 3 - 6/15/17, We slept in, took the Marriott Ferry into Charlotte Amalie for shopping & lunch. Back at the hotel we taxied to Magens Bay for an afternoon of relaxing & sun. Dinner at Oceana. Day 4 - 6/16/17, We took a St. John's tour that departed from the Marriott dock. Rode in ... read more
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The beautiful waters of the US Virgin Islands my my do I wish that I could settle down and stay in this beautiful set of island. The beauty of the crystal clear water will immerse your soul and take your mind and body to a carefree vacation away the hustle and bustle of everyday life.... read more

12-10-15 St Thomas: St Thomas thuoc ve Virgin Islands cua My. Virgin Islands gom St. John, St, Croix, St. Thomas va Warter Island. Co 51,000 nguoi song tai day. Khoang 100,000 song tren 4 hon dao cua Virlins islands. Luc dau Dutch chiem dong sau do den Anh nam 1801. Nam 1815 Anh tra dao la icho Danmark. Nam 1860 My mua lai dao nay tu Denmark voi gia $7.5M. nhung that bai va cho den nam 1917 mot lan nua My mua cac dao nay voi gia $25M va thanh cong. Dan o day la cong dan My. Thu do cua 3 dao nay la Charlotte Amalie nam trren dao St. Thomas.Rong 80km2. Trung binh moi nguoi kiem duoc 35,000/nam. Mac dau la dat nuoc My nhung dan day lai xe ben tay trai vi ... read more

St Thomas is an island that belongs to the U.S. Virgin Islands. Christopher Columbus originally named the islands after the epic and tragic tale of St Ursula, a Christian saint and the 11,000 martyred virgins. Formerly the Danish West Indies of the Kingdom of Denmark and Norway, they were sold to the United States by Denmark in 1916. The U.S. Virgin Islands are in the Atlantic Ocean, about 40 miles east of Puerto Rico and immediately west of the British Virgin Islands. They share the Virgin Islands Archipelago with the Spanish Virgin Islands (administered by Puerto Rico) and the British Virgin Islands. Charlotte Amalie is the capital and largest city of the U.S. Virgin Islands, founded in 1666 as Taphus (meaning "beer houses" or "beer halls"). In 1691, the town was renamed to Amalienborg (in English ... read more
The taxi of Charlotte Amalie
The Gov'nors House, St. Thomas, US VI
43 of the 99 steps done!!

Wonderful day in St. Thomas today. Weather was warm with a couple of very short showers. The zip lines held us up. Pirates in the Caribbean tonight.... read more
St. Thomas
St. Thomas
St. Thomas Zip Lining

Thursday 6th November 2014 Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands Christopher Columbus recorded his sighting of St Thomas on his second voyage to the “New World” in 1493. Little more is known of the Virgin Islands until the seventeenth century. In Charlotte Amalie, the main town on St Thomas, there is a commemorative stone with the title “Landing of the Virginia settlers”. These settlers were a company of 144 Englishmen, bound for Virginia, who landed on St Thomas on 4th April 1607 and stayed for three days, before going on to found Jamestown in Virginia. Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in the world, outside the British Isles. As this commemorative stone states, from that colony grew the overseas expansion of English speaking peoples: the Commonwealth of Virginia: the United States of America: the British Commonwealth ... read more
Approaching Charlotte Amalie. Overcast sky
Five minutes later, torrential rain!
Rain cleared away!

Woke again to the sound of the ship slowing down, went on to the terrace to see the most beautiful, lush, green island with stunning houses overlooking the blue seas. After yesterdays disaster we had decided not to book a trip but to take a taxi to Magens bay, listed as one of the top ten most beautiful beaches. First was the tedious job of clearing US customs on board the ship as this was the first point of entry into the US. Of course Kellie and Ben as US citizens sailed through while we had to wait in a line the length of the ship, asot happened the line moved quickly and we were soon off ad in a cab on the way to the beach. Our driver Andy a typical Caribbean guy with silky ... read more

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