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Sunday, June 1, 2014 Today we are visiting the island of St. Thomas. When visiting this island in December 2013, we have vivid memories of all the mega yachts lining the harbor, however this time, there were very few yachts. I suspect most of them headed to the east coast for the summer. Cindy and I had a late tour this morning; however Jenny and Marcus needed to get off the ship early, 8:15 am. There tour was swimming with sea lions, this sounds really fun. Michael and Brian’s tour was with Cindy and I along with Brian’s family, Charles and Cathy. Our tour started at 9:30 am. Cindy and I ate breakfast in the dining room. We really enjoy eating breakfast in the dining room. We meet a really nice family from the Boston area, ... read more
St. Thomas port
Jenny and Marcus - Swimming with the Sea Lions
Jenny and Marcus - Swimming with the Sea Lions


We’re back at Christmas Cove relaxing after a busy week with guests aboard. After our last post, we sailed to Great Harbour on Jost Van Dyke (British Virgin Islands) and hung out there for a while. It was great to be back – according to our passports, the last time we were in the BVI was in 2009. During our 5-day stay, we visited with the owners of several local businesses, chatted with other cruisers and vacationers, walked the streets, and even took a taxi ride over the hill to White Bay for lunch one day. Would have liked to stay longer, but we had an appointment on Tortola to have our autopilot fixed. In brisk winds, we beat up the Sir Francis Drake Channel to Nanny Cay Marina. This was a new marina for us ... read more
Foxy's sign
Ceiling at Foxy's
Ali Baba's sign


This writing business is not working. We have been in St. Thomas for a week and just moved to Christmas Cove on Great St. James Island and still no inspiration. The 5th version of this blog is the one I’m going with. We hired a delivery captain for this passage and it proved to be a smart decision. Derek Jarvis is a Canadian who has extensive sailing experience in the Atlantic and Pacific and has been delivering yachts for the last 40 years. His knowledge of the Bahamas and Caribbean was better than the charts and guide books we were carrying. But it all comes down to sailing in different conditions and his calmness and professionalism put us at ease. At least some of us. Kathy’s brother Bob signed on as crew probably thinking this would ... read more
Jon & Bob
Refueling at sea
Adjusting lines


Finally unpacked the computer so it’s time for an update. We are currently on a mooring at Christmas Cove on Great St. James Island, which is between St. Thomas and St. John. We arrived here on the 29th and will hang out till Friday if the weather forecast holds. Our journey began back in early November when Jon drove to Florida to oversee the preparation of Whisper for this trip. Thought we would be underway by Thanksgiving, but engine problems and other necessary fixes delayed our departure until the afternoon of December 11th. Our last part was delivered late on the 10th; Jon and my brother Bob installed it the next morning. We hired a captain for the passage to St. Thomas, USVI, and soon after Capn Derek arrived, we were underway. Sort of. We needed ... read more
Derek and Jon
Bahama bank
Bob & Kathy


Saturday 16th – Saturday 30th November Including Thanksgiving holiday week Norwegian Epic - Eastern Caribbean cruises Two weeks of mostly fine and sunny with some rain – averaging 29c The colossal Epic has been our home for two weeks. The first week was spent with friends from New Zealand and the second on our own. We had a balcony cabin and experienced the unusual curved walls and bed for the first time. Also, the bathroom configuration is different to the typical ship cabin. On entry into the room the shower is on the left behind a glass sliding door and the toilet on the right behind another glass sliding door. The small basin is positioned on the counter top within the main bedroom. A curved couch is between the bed and the balcony. The wardrobe space ... read more
Passing South Beach Miami
Epics pool complex
Blue Man Group


Up with Alarms at 8AM to see we are already in dock at St Thomas which is one of the US Virgin Islands. A couple of fried eggs for breaky with OJ and cereal and we are ready to get off the Ship for our only pre-organised excursion. Weather was slightly overcast and around 30 degrees. We are off for a 4 hour trip to Trunk Bay which is on the neighbouring island of St John. We have to get another boat to take us there (just what we need !). It’s about a 40 minute boat ride a bit rough as we cross where the Carribean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean and the currents are really strong. There is lots of development of the coastline but not overdeveloped. As we head out our guide Jimmie ... read more
On our way to St John
St John Harbour
Our Destination of Trunk Bay


I am up at 06:30, we are suppose to go walking around the ship, there is a track on the 5thfloor, but Di refuses to go, so I set off by myself. I do about 6 circuits of the ship 2.4 circuits = 1 mile. We have breakfast in “Central Park” at the café, we are still trying to eat a bit more sensible, and have fruit juice and a toasted cheese and ham bagel – it is pretty good. Meanwhile the ship is edging its way into St Thomas harbour, we go up top on the ship to watch and take photographs and videos. We decide to wait a while before we go ashore, and sit in the Solarium for a while, we debate whether or not we want to make the effort to go ... read more
Videoing
Back to the Ship!
Room with a view


27.4.2012 Chefs table dinner last night was interesting, the Exec Chef cooked for us in the kitchen, it was quite noisy but a lot of fun. There were six of us, another couple from the states who were at a VET conference, she was the vet and her husband worked for Sandvik which John had too a few years ago, that it is a small world! Lobster, prawns, souffle, - gut busted again! Then moved up to the Ice Bar, the bar is made of ice, and had a couple of martinis before heading off to sleep. Spending day in St Thomas today, it really is postcard perfect, such a lovely port and the weather is superb. John decided to buy me a laptop for our anniverary, I said come ON!! I am fed up with ... read more
St Thomas Carnival
Steel Bands unreal
Pretty truck


US Virgin Islands - Thursday – March 8th This morning we docked in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands. This is a protectorate of the US and uses US dollars. By contrast, Sait Maartens used Dutch Gilders, and Saint Martins used Euros (actually they both accepted US dollars too). Anyway, the cruise last night was not too long, so we went slowly and smoothly and the ship was docked by 7:00 AM. The Virgin Islands were also named by Christopher Columbus in 1493 for Saint Ursula and her virgin followers. Up to and including the 17th century, these islands were captured and controlled by many European powers, including France, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom. By the middle of the 19th century the abolition of slavery took hold and "free labor" was hard ... read more
Coast of St Thomas
Ruby Princess at Pier
Janet & David


...All shore dives at Coki Beach, St. Thomas... read more
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