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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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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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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 4, 2014 - memories

St. Thomas has been a much beloved vacation destination over the years. Cruise ships brought us here for a day's visit and we loved its natural beauty so much that we stayed on after some cruise vacations. It's a schizophrenic place; crazy busy when the cruise ships are at the dock and peaceful and empty as soon as they sail away. St. Thomas suffers from a lack of water, so it will never sustain a large population, so making a living from the cruisers is a perfect solution. They have money to spend and arrive full of food and drink, ready...

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Mar 16, 2014 - St Thomas and St. John, US Virgin Islands

Sunday, St. Thomas/St. John The ship is sending in tenders again loaded with ship passengers. We were picked up at the ship by a local boat, larger than the tenders. We must have been the largest shore excursion group, because it was a big boat. John had seen some of the Emerald Princess crew boarding the boat and inspecting it before any of us were allowed on. That boat took us into the town of Charlotte Amalie where we got off and boarded a second, larger boat for a 45 minute ride along the coast of St. Thomas to the neighboring island of...

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Mar 11, 2014 - Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Our next stop was the town of Charlotte Amalie on the Island of St.Thomas which is part of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Charlotte Amalie, located on the island of St. Thomas, is the capital and largest city of the U.S. Virgin Islands, founded in 1666 as Taphus, meaning "beer houses" or "beer halls". In 1691, the town was renamed to Amalienborg (in English Charlotte Amalie) after Charlotte Amalie, the queen consort to King Christian V of Denmark. It contains a deep-water harbor that was once a haven for pirates and is now one of the busiest...

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Jan 29, 2013 - Good-bye USVI

Tuesday, Jan 29 -- We had no trouble hiring a safari bus at 8:45-ish this morning to take us to Cruz Bay, arriving in time to catch the 10:00 ferry for the 20 minute ride to Red Hook, St. Thomas. Our plan was to eat an early lunch at Fish Tails, since there were not many convenient restaurant choices near the Charlotte Amalie Airport. Besides, we really liked Fish Tails the first time. The restaurant didn't open until 11:00 so we relaxed and read until then. We waited for at least 20 minutes for the food to come out but when it did come...

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Jan 13, 2013 - Ferry to British Virgin Islands

Sunday, Jan 13 -- With our plan foiled to catch the Red Hook ferry to Road Town, Tortola, our generous host offered to drive us all the way to Charlotte Amalie's ferry terminal. We wanted to arrive near 15:00 but leave before the last ferry of the day. At 10:00 we all piled into his truck and drove to Charlotte Amalie, arriving at 10:30 -- in time to catch the 11:15 Fast Ferry (Smith's Ferry) to (we were assured) Road Town. The trip was to take only 1.5 hours. It was beautiful calm weather. As the ferry left the harbour those of us on...

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Jan 12, 2013 - Charlotte Amalie

Saturday, Jan 12 -- We chose to tour Charlotte Amalie today because there were no cruise ships scheduled and so, we reasoned, there might not be quite so many locals working and taking the safari buses. We jumped onto a safari bus at the main highway (Rte 30) not knowing exactly what to expect. We had heard so many warnings about the reliability of this local transportation system. Although the bus did not stay on Rte 30 for the whole trip we had no trouble getting off where we wanted to. To signal that we wanted to get off we rang a...

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Jan 11, 2013 - Snorkeling and iguanas

Friday, Jan 11 -- The sun was out today -- a perfect day for snorkeling. Secret Harbour was so enjoyable yesterday we decided to spend the whole day there instead of trying to arrange a guided kayak trip from Frenchtown to the US National Park's Hassel Island Historic Site. We ate lunch at the Sunset Grille associated with the resort -- grilled wahoo in soft tacos for me and in a burger for hubby. Although not quite as costly as the Fish Tails this patio restaurant was almost as good. An extra treat was visits from two resident iguanas. ...

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Jan 10, 2013 - East End St. Thomas

Thursday, Jan 10 It was overcast and threatening to rain by the time we had eaten breakfast. It was a perfect day for two very untanned tourists to make their maiden snorkel excursion of the year. The .7 mile walk was not so challenging for people used to hiking the Appalachian Trail but some of these hills rivaled those in the Northeast USA. After a few hours of exploring the Caribbean sea life near one side of the Harbour we walked back, uphill again, to change and explore lunch options in Red Hook. Our host had recommended Fish Tails,...

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Jan 9, 2013 - Nazareth Bay Budget Vacation Rental

Wednesday, Jan 9 -- When we reserved online via Vacation Rentals (http://www.vrbo.com/351005) we were a little worried that the Moonglow would not be as clean as it appeared in the photos, especially at the reasonable rate we were quoted by the owners. What a relief to walk into such an impeccably clean and well-maintained little apartment! Yes, it was basic but if we were renting to different guests every week this is how we would decorate too. The rooms served every function we needed for our stay, and if they hadn't our wonderful hosts...

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