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At the Garden
This one's for you Sam
Pedro on the Disney Fantasy

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

Dec 14, 2014, Puerto del Rey Marina, Fajardo, PR. Whisper and crew are ready to start this year’s adventure. Winds from the south, about 8-10 knots, perfect for sailing to Culebra. We left the dock about 1 PM. A mile out I spotted a porpoise swimming – supposed to be good luck. I wonder what would have happened had I not seen a porpoise? Although we could sail, we left the engine running to charge up the refrigeration system (it runs on electricity, ac, at the dock and is engine driven, dc, off the dock). It soon became obvious that the refrigerator was not cooling down. The freezer held temperature better due to all the frozen food inside. No problem, says the captain. We’ll fire up the generator when we stop for the night. OK says ... read more
Puerto del Rey
Main Office, Puerto del Rey

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

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 Today is a day of rest and relaxation for us, it is a day at sea. Although the Breton’s don’t normally relax on our sea days, we do take things a little slower, like sleep in a bit, except for Todd. We had an enjoyable breakfast in the dining room. We met a couple from Belgium. The gentlemen retired at 51 and sold his jewelry business to his brother. He and his wife now travel for fun. Another couple at the table lived in New Hampshire. Quite a diverse groups of passengers our ship. This is one exciting part of traveling is that people we meet on our journey’s. This morning we decided to play trivia this morning. We normally participate in this activity multiple times, however the scheduled sessions have been ... read more
One of the four paintings were purchased, artist Anatole Krasnyansky
One of the four paintings were purchased, artist Anatole Krasnyansky
One of the four paintings were purchased, artist Anatole Krasnyansky

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

Years ago we heard the phrase, “Cruising plans are made of Jello”. How true! We never made it to Coral Bay last week, instead, we sailed 32 miles south to St. Croix. And what a nice sail it was. Winds were mainly less than 20 knots, and on the beam. For non-sailors, winds that are perpendicular to the boat are ‘on the beam’. For Whisper, and most boats, it’s the best point of sail. We were easily cruising at 6-8 knots with both sails reefed. We had to endure a couple of squalls, but we could see them coming and shortened sail until they passed. During one squall, a rainbow formed and could be seen in the sky, on the water surface, and, the end of the rainbow was at our boat! Never found the pot ... read more
Drunk Bay
Drunk Bay stone graffiti
Salt Pond

We stayed at Christmas Cove a few more days and enjoyed watching the daytripper snorkeling boats, the sailing classes from the yacht club across the bay, and the sunsets. The snorkeling had been pretty good when my sister and her friend was with us, so I decided to jump in again, alone this time. I kayaked in to the beach – the boat was a bit far from shore – donned my gear and swam along the shore. I soon saw why the tour boats stopped here. There were fish everywhere. Hiding in the rock ledges, camouflaged above the sand and grasses, swimming around boulders, swimming at the surface. I’m still not great at identifying the fish and other sea life, but know a few such as the Blue Tang, Parrot Fish, Sergeant Majors, and Angelfishes. ... read more
m/v Cinnamon Bay
Sailing lessons
Whisper Little Lameshur Bay

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

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