Blogs from Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands, Central America Caribbean - page 5


Today we were in St. Thomas. We’d originally planned to do some shopping (Lin’s plan not mine) and then maybe take a cab to Megan’s Bay. But we ended up just relaxing most of the morning and then headed over to the shops at the dock after lunch. I bought someone a Christmas present and Lin bought herself a ring and maybe a few other things. The ring had to be sized and they said it would be done by 4. We stopped at a bar for coke/tea and French fries. Then I headed back to the ship while she watched the iguana’s and waited for her ring. After the ship left port it was time for Bingo so I headed up there. Still didn’t win Bingo but did win the drawing (well sort of I ... read more

After a long trip from San Diego to St. Thoms, USVI we were welcomed off the plane with refreshing choice of rum shots. We love the Island life. We stayed in quaint hotel overlooking the town of Charlotte Amalie. We had some time the next day to see a little of St. Thomas before we headed over to meet our friends in St. John for the week. We spent most of our day sitting in AC drinking pina coladas and other rum drinks bewteen walking around the historic part of Charlotte. The weather is very hot and humid. After half a day wandering in the humid heat, we decided it was time to catch the car ferry over to St. John and get our vacation started...... read more
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Our plan for this cruising season was to sail up the Caribbean chain, stopping along the way to visit new islands and re-visit some of our favorites from last year. Our goal was to reach the Virgin Islands by April and spend a month there before turning back and heading south again (our insurance for the boat dictates that we must be out of the hurricane belt by the first of July). So once we left St. Martin we sailed west to St. Thomas, which turned out to be is the farthest point of travel for the Rum Runner this year before we turned back and completed our yo-yo thru the Caribbean chain. We spent very little time in the Virgin Islands last year, and were excited to return. Our first stop was Charlotte Amalie, the ... read more
Historic Shopping District
Beach Wedding BBQ

I confess that I have not been making the most of my port time during the last couple weeks. Last week when we were in port I either took the day to just catch up on sleep and treat myself to such luxuries as lying in bed reading, or I just went out to cafes and enjoyed some good food along with fast internet. So this cruise, I’m more determined to actually get out and do something fun. Last night we were in San Juan. I’m still so in love with that city. It was great to be back there. I just wandered through the winding stone streets and enjoyed the warm but fresh night air. Then I curled up in Starbucks and used Skype (a new discovery for me which I am now crazy about!) ... read more
Paradise Gate
Our Neighbour Ship
Disney Friends

Well I’ve been on the Carnival Triumph now for about a week and a half. It has been so hectic! It’s always rather crazy signing onto a ship. When you don’t have a handover from the director you’re replacing, it means extra time getting things organized. There’s been lots of comings and goings of directors on this ship over the last couple months so there’s some things that were really needing a good look and organization. Add in how tired I was from the travel from one ship to another - early mornings for immigration and sign on - and the first few days were tough. Then, just for some extra fun, my first port of call - Ocho Rios, Jamaica - was cancelled because the wind and waves made it impossible for us to safely ... read more
Slide Duty
The Youth Team
St Thomas

We anchored near M/Y Rising Sun in St. Thomas Harbor. Rising Sun was originally planned to be 120 meters, but the length was changed to 138 meters because Larry Ellison of Oracle wanted his boat to be longer than Paul Allen's of Microsoft. Rising Sun has a basketball court on her. I wanted to ask Larry Ellison over to our boat for fresh tuna we had just caught, but the admiral would not allow it. Mom said she thought inviting Larry over for dinner would be the neighbourly thing to do.... read more

Our day in St. Thomas was a nice one. Having friends who have already been there, I was told I had to do the sky ride to the top of the mountain and enjoy a “bushwaker” with the view. We found out that there were reduced rates for the crew, so we were off and away. The ride up the mountain didn’t take long but it was a gorgeous view. Looking down on our little ship, she really did look like a baby behind the gigantic Carnival ship that was in port with us. We love our little ship though! Once at the top, we did some looking around, watched some local performers, then enjoyed our Bailey’s Bushwakers and eating Taco Salads - yes, all 6 of us ordered the same thing. Hahaha After lunch, we ... read more
Here we go!
View from the Skyride

What a gorgeous day here in St. Thomas! I decided today I'd go to Magen's Bay. National Geographic rated it in the Top 10 beaches in the world. All my times in St. Thomas, yet I hadn't been. I figured it was about time. So today, I took a taxi on my own. Except also in the taxi was Brendan, a Glory dancer, and his friend from home, Kale. We chatted a bit in the taxi. And by the time we reached the beach, they'd decided to adopt me for the day. All afternoon I spent swimming, sunny, chatting and drinking with them. They're super fun, funny Australians. I really enjoyed them. It is so beautiful at Magen's Bay. Green hills rising to either side of the bay. Sparkling blue water. The sea is the most ... read more
From the Water
Back to the Beach
Brendan & Kale

Today was the day I was most excited about of my entire month down here. Today we’re in St. Thomas. And scheduled to be with us, is the Carnival Miracle. Onboard the Miracle are three very good friends of mine that I know from previous ships, two whom I haven’t seen for a year or more. We’ve had this marked on our calendars for weeks and we’d planned a big day. But then along came Tropical Storm Hanna. This storm, which at times has had hurricane status, has really had its “fun” with the ships down here. First of all, our itinerary had to be changed to avoid the storm. We skipped Nassau two days ago and instead had an extra day at sea. This means that during this one week cruise, we are having FOUR ... read more
Looking Up To Paradise Point
The Palm-Lined Walkways
Walking Past The Skyride To Paradise Point

What a big and exciting day we had today! Once more, the Carnival Liberty was in port with the Carnival Triumph and Carnival Glory, so my hometown friend, Heather was there. This time, she was excited to have a visit with my visiting family. So Mel, Brad & I first met up with Heather for a nice little visit in one of the crew centres on the pier. A nice way to ease ourselves into the day. Then we met up with Jody for our tour - parasailing! The thought of parasailing used to really scare me. I had no interest in doing it because it was so high. Then last year, the day I went sky diving, I was standing at the water’s edge watching the sky-divers ahead of me fall from the clouds. And ... read more
Brad & Mel, Ready For Take-Off
Mel & Brad Parasailing
Looking Back towards Havensight

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