Cruise Update – St. Thomas

FIRST PORT-OF-CALL – ST. THOMAS

Our ship, the Carnival Victory, arrives in Charlotte Amalie at 7:00 a.m. Monday, April 16, and departs for Barbados at 5:00 p.m.  That gives us 10 hours in port.  Sounds like plenty of time to take in the sights and sun on the beach – we will see!

Charlotte Amalie is the largest city and the capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands.  It is a deep-water port that services multiple cruise ships each day.  Throughout history, the port was known as a haven for pirates!  Aye matie!

Planning our day in St. Thomas was complicated by the number of things there are to do on the island – snorkel, dive, kayak, sail, sightsee, shop, or just chill on the beach!

We decided not to book an excursion.  Instead, we are going to tour on our own.  From the hundreds of reviews we read, we are confident we can acquire a taxi at a good price to take us to the beach and the historic district is within walking distance.

Time and weather permitting, we plan to catch a taxi out to Coki Beach where we can spend some time lounging on the sand, snorkeling,

Coki Beach has the best beach snorkeling in St. Thomas

and kayaking.  Coki beach is adjacent to Coral World, which offers an Undersea Observatory and a host of other activities.  My 14-year-old son wants to swim with the Sea Lions!  I want to make this happen for him, as he really loves sea lions.

Isn't she beautiful?

After a morning in the sun, we plan a gondola ride up to Paradise Point for some prime photo opportunities.    Many of the review sites suggest taking a taxi up to the point as a more cost effective alternative; I think the kids in our party (that means all of us) will enjoy the gondola ride.  Did I mention that I’m afraid of heights?  I’ll be a white-knuckle rider.

After our decent from Paradise, we plan to walk the ancient streets of Charlotte Amalie snapping photos and looking for Bluebeard!

NEXT STOP – BARBADOS (AFTER A DAY AT SEA)

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