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Sep 10, 2019 - No Place Like Home: The US Virgin Islands

Since retiring 7 years ago I travel as much as I can (as I can afford). Seeking adventures, cultural experiences and keeping an eye out for a place I might like to live more then St. Croix, US VIrgin Islands, where I retired after 30 years teaching in the public schools, and where I married and raised two sons. Although I thought I might find a place I liked more, I haven’t. I love the beach and no place with beaches as nice as where I live. Added to that friends from over 30 years of living here, the slower island pace, and warm weather,...

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Dec 22, 2018 - St. Thomas

We've been to St. Thomas a couple of times so we didn't plan much at this port stop, a good thing since it was raining when we got off the ship. We just walked around Charlotte Amalie for a while, stopped for a coffee and a snack and did some window shopping. If you love snorkeling, diving, sand, surf, and beach, there would be lots to do to keep you busy here. But, walking around town, we could still see lots of damage from hurricane. We spent the rest of the afternoon just relaxing on the ship. We had a late departure at 7:00 p.m. so we...

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Adventures for 2018

Feb 7, 2017 - St. Thomas, USVI

St. Thomas today, 11-6:30. We've been here several times, so today we just walked around at the numerous shops that are next to the Pier. It was very hot. When we returned to the ship, I was so hot and tired, that we took the elevator from 0 deck to 9. It's the only time we took the elevator this whole week. Tonight we watched (most of) the Magnificent Seven on the big screen TV.

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Mar 19, 2016 - St John, US Virgin Islands

3/19/2016 St John, USVI Our first port of call was actually still in the United States - the territory of the Virgin Islands. The ship was anchored out and we took a tender to shore. St. John is mostly a National Park, except for the large resort owned by Laurence Rockefeller who bought the island and donated 2/3 of it to the National Park Services. Our visit took us to Frank Bay and the watercolor studio of Elaine Estern. Coconut Coast Studios has extensive displays of island art and and classes to demonstrate this painting technique....

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Jan 26, 2016 - St Thomas

After watching as our ship docked in Charlotte Amalie in St Thomas this morning, we took our showers and dressed for the day. Marilyn & I had visited St Thomas twice before so we were in no hurry and had no agenda other than to enjoy the awesome weather and maybe do a little shopping. We shared breakfast and then took some coffee out on the deck for a while. We decided to go ashore to shop for gifts for the Grandkids and, as we walked out our door, met our friends, Eddie & Jan. We quickly made a decision to wander through the shops together...

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Nov 16, 2014 - adieux St. Thomas

After finishing our scientific study of all the beaches on St. Thomas, we've decided that you can't go wrong; they are all wonderful. It's unusual to find so many beaches were you can wade into warm, turquoise colored water, walking on powdery sand and swim a short way to an area rich with coral and fish. It is more common to have to take a boat to a good snorkeling spot. Many of the beaches are shared between small hotels and public areas. This means a changing room and fresh water shower are nearby and if it's lunch time, you can take...

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Nov 15, 2014 - island therapy

On the cruise home from Southampton, Ken came down with a coughing, sneezing thing that got so bad he even agreed to see a doctor when we got home, a rare event indeed. Diagnosis: bronchitis. Relief provided by antibiotics and prednisone. As we lived together in that tiny cabin, I waited for his disease to attack me. It never really did although I felt on the verge every so often since then. After we arrived in St. Thomas my immune system finally gave up the good fight and I ended up with my own coughing, sneezing thing and 101º fever....

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Nov 12, 2014 - return to St. Thomas

We rode the ferry back to St. Thomas with the bride's parents and wished them a good trip back home to the cold. After a stop at the grocery store we returned to the condo complex, checking into a different unit. We were surprised to find that the "kitchen" consisted of a mini-frig and hot plate with no sink. The groceries we had purchased did not involve extensive preparation, but I found myself making the salad on the toilet; there was no counter space. This lack of cooking facilities was more than compensated by the marvelous view and...

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Nov 11, 2014 - a day at sea heading toward Barbados

I was up at 6:00 sleep in haha up on deck watching the sun rise having a cup of coffee and a roll. A very nice day lots of sunshine and calm seas, back to my cabin worked on my logs before heading down to the main dinning room for Brunch had steak and eggs nice. After brunch I go and watch the towel folding class then watch a puppet show of what the towel animals do when no one is in the room cute. Next was watching a chef do a ice craving on the Lido deck and by then it is lunch time, so off to the buffet to see what there was to eat, not...

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Nov 11, 2014 - the last few miles

Today we traveled the last few miles of road left unexplored that are accessible on St. John to those with a rental car vehicle. It doesn't take long to drive an island only eleven miles wide. There were some picturesque ocean overlooks, but often there was nowhere to pull off in the car or the view was obscured by lush vegetation. When we stopped to photograph an old boat marooned under a tree, its owner came out of his home and asked us what we were doing there in a friendly way. We found his home at the end of the road a bit isolated,...

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Nov 10, 2014 - Reef Bay hike

Since most of St. John is a national park, it is laced with hiking paths. We took a ranger lead hike on the Reef Bay Trail, which starts at the crest of the island and ends at the sea. We could have taken this hike on our own, but we wouldn't have learned as much about the flora and fauna and would have had to climb back up the hill. Once we arrived at the ocean a boat picked us up and brought us back to the visitor's center. Most of the trail wound through deep forest, providing welcome shade on a hot, sunny day. The ranger pointed out a...

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Nov 10, 2014 - St Thomas, VI

After a very nice night on the Valor I am up early for some coffee and a roll before going up on deck to watch the ship come in to port, we are docked by 7:00 so I head down to the Lido deck and Rosie's breakfast grill for some breakfast, had a great made to order omelet, get a few things from my cabin, I am off the ship by 7:30. A very nice morning as walk into town to check out the town of Charlotte Amalie, the Capital of St Thomas. I did the historic walking tour of downtown, walking up the 99 steps to the top, and start my tour at...

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