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St. Thomas Woke early and headed to the Windjammer for breakfast, fruit and smoked salmon for me. Arrived at St. Thomas at 11:00 and watched as the Captain slid the Freedom in between the Norwegian Epic and a Carnival Ship. It’s really amazing how easy it seems to maneuver this vessel with it’s azipods. By 11:30 we were off the ship and on our way for a tour of the Island and some beach time. The weather was overcast but that didn’t affect the beautiful views. The island is very developed with many properties for sale or half built. We saw two more cruise ships moored at the other pier for a total of five ships in port. Charlotte Amalie must be a zoo today. I waved to Linda & Ed on St. Croix, somewhere off ... read more
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We had karaoke again last night at back deck, we had so much fun!!! I went to the spa for a treatment in the morning. Priscila, Nathi, Oscar, Enrique (Mexico) and I went to Paradise point again, had some nice lunch up there, Paradise point has the most stunning view! It was a little sad though, because it was the last time we were at that port before we cross over to the Med. After Paradise point we all went to Senor Frogs. Senor Frogs (Restaurant) is basically in every port, so we always go to them, just to experience all of them. We swam in the pool, had a cocktail, and then we had to go back to work again. ... read more


19 Feb : Miami I went out to downtown Miami, I spoke to my brother Juan, but he was working, so we couldn't meet, will hopefully meet next week Sunday. There are crew shuttle busses that take you to and from the Port. I bought a phone and a simcard to use onboard. I also got some prices for a laptop so that i can finally load some pictures on my blog and Facebook for you all to see. We were very busy at work! The next two sea-days were crazy, non-stop guests from 8am to 10pm. The water was quite rough, and for the first time I felt a little sea sick. I am struggling a little with back pain from the hours that we work, but I had acupuncture after our second sea-day, and ... read more


I can't believe it's our last day in the Virgin Islands. Our trip has passed so quickly! To think, we'll be navigating through the ice and snow before the end of the day. Andy, Erin and Julie are already at the airport (it was a little challenging for them to get there, as a private plane crashed into the fence by our hotel as it was taxing around the airport); they're flying to Puerto Rico and then Chicago for their layovers. Andrew and I decided to enjoy a kayak trip out in the bay together before taking off for the airport. As soon as Oliver went down for his nap, we left him with Grandma Judy & Grandpa Larry and headed out for our last day in the sun. Kayaking was relaxing and fun. I did ... read more
Kayaking Toward Open Ocean
Look at Me!
Our View


We spent a lazy morning playing in the sand at the beach. When Oliver napped, Andrew swam and I read. We followed up our lazy morning with a busy afternoon downtown. Cabs (again, vans) stay parked in the hotel parking lot. They easily hold our group, so we made the short (5-10 minute) ride to Blackbeard's Castle with ease. I'd read online that the castle is frequently closed; it's really only open when cruise ships are docked. We were lucky today, though, because they were open when we arrived, and we started out the only visitors (more came later). Blackbeard (Edward Teach) was a pirate made legendary by his crazy antics. Apparently, he was a large man (6'3", 230 pounds), especially for his time (early 18th century), and he had a full, black beard that he ... read more
Our Guide
View from Blackbeard's Castle
Oliver and I on Blackbeard's Castle


Our hotel is on the edge of the shore of Lindbergh Bay in Saint Thomas. All we have to do is step out of our room and walk down the stairs, and we're at the beach. This morning, we were the first ones up, so Andrew and I took Oliver to play at the shore. It was before 8am, but it had to be 75 degrees outside. The temperature high is to be 79 degrees all weekend, and the low shouldn't drop below 73. Further, it was almost deserted at that hour (there was one couple on the beach). We were able to claim some lounge chairs under the thatched-roof umbrellas, and it was perfect. My parents eventually met up with us and enjoyed watching Oliver play with seashells and sand. The water was surprisingly warm, ... read more
Andrew & Oliver in Saint Thomas
Oliver in Saint Thomas
A Boy & His Sand


My parents, Andrew, Oliver and I woke at 3am MST in Denver to start our journey for Saint Thomas. The first leg of our trip took us to Chicago, where we met with my brother and sister, Andy and Julie, and my sister-in-law, Erin. The eight of us flew to Miami and then down south for another couple hours to Saint Thomas. After fourteen hours of travel with a fourteen month old, I landed feeling more stressed than anything else (not that Oliver did poorly; in fact, he was incredible. It was exhausting, though). Still, it was difficult not to feel the relaxing nature of vacation when we disembarked the plane (outside) and stepped into 73 degree, humid air. We strolled over to baggage claim where a man was handing out shots of pinapple rum. Andrew ... read more
Oliver and Aunt Julie
Good Morning!
Our View


1st stop on the cruise - St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Early in the morning daddy left the boat by himself to go Scuba Diving. Since he always travels with me and I dont dive yet, this was a time he could do it since I could stay with Avo Jay. Daddy returned at lunchtime after I had a great morning with grandpa. We then left the boat together and got on a big Catamaran with a bunch of people to go snorkling! After practicing once in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and yesterday on the cruise boat, it was time for me to snorkle in the ocean for the first time. I was really excited. They gave me a perfect mask and flippers and with my bathing suit that had a flotation device in it I ... read more
Me and Daddy Snorkling
Getting Ready to Snorkle
Pretzels and Punch after snorkling


This week is American Thanksgiving which means schools are out, families are on vacation, the ship is packed and we are busy in the teen club! I am so happy to have a co-director for the busy holiday cruises, especially on this ship because it is so huge. Kristina and I work really well together. Thankfully, considering how many teens we have onboard, so far things have been going really well and the group is fun and friendly. Today we were in St. Thomas which is the day we offer a teen excursion. Not surprisingly with the number of teens onboard, we had a half dozen sign up to go out on the tour with us. Kristina, myself and half a dozen teens met with the rest of the tour group outside on the pier and ... read more
Lots of Fish
Lots of Fish
Close Up


It was the last day of our cruise, and by far the most beautiful! St Thomas is a beautiful area. Part of the U.S. Virgin Islands, I believe it was the most wealthy of our stops. The views are awesome as hills rise from the water. I'd hoped to walk through downtown Charlotte Amalie, but it was a little further than desired to walk in the heat, so we walked around the tourist shopping area and grabbed a drink at an open air bar as we waited for time to arrive for our St Johns snorkeling excursion to begin. St Johns is another island just east of St Thomas. We arrived via the Bimini Breeze powercat, and what a fun crew! They were all 20something Americans and full of energy. The 2 guys and the girl ... read more
Snorkeling off Honey Moon Beach (St. Johns)
St. Thomas
St. Thomas Rainbow over our ship - Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas




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