Where to start! What a wonderful and busy day we had in port at St. Thomas and back on board in the evening! I'm sure I will forget a few things but I'll try my best.
We woke up very early today - a little too ambitious at 6:50am for the wake-up call, so I think we actually slept in until about 7:30am. We went for our early morning breakfast at the Horizon Court buffet - a great start to the day, as always!
We decided to do our shopping earlier in the day - originally, we
wanted to go to Havensight, but we were unable to go there due to some sort of traffic troubles. So, we took an open-air taxi (at $4/pp) from our boat, docked at Crown Bay, to downtown Charlotte Amalie.
We went into a whole bunch of shops and purchased some alcohol (Cruzan Rums in Pineapple and Guava flavors), some Christmas presents for friends, some awesome 80's-looking white striped sunglasses, some Caribbean coffees (Mocha Jumba Java and Calypso Vanilla coffee grounds), some postcards, and a Christmas ornament with a santa that says "Ho Ho Ho Mon!". Tacky, but fun!
While we were in downtown Charlotte Amalie, Poolie pointed out the town's library - Poolie loves libraries and has worked at the library for some time now, so we had to stop and take a picture of him in front of the library! Such a cute, bright and colorful building!
After our shopping trip, we made a quick stop back at the boat to change into our bathing suits so we could go to the beach! We walked over to the Crown Bay Marina - a quick, five-minute walk from the ship, and caught the ferry to Water Island - a little red water taxi.
The ferry we caught left at 12:00pm and we took the 2:15pm ferry back to St. Thomas. It was about a 10 minute ferry ride over to Water Island. When we got to the island, there was a cute little open building that had post office boxes and books, like a little library for the residents. We started to walk up the hill when a nice lady on a golf cart drove up and asked if we wanted a ride. That was so sweet of her to offer! We took her up on the offer and arrived at the beach that much quicker!
After a short ride on the golf cart, we arrived at Honeymoon Beach. It is a beautiful, quiet little beach with some palm trees for shade, some picnic tables, and Heidi's Honeymoon Shack for burgers/BBQ.
We swam for a while and it was so peaceful and relaxing - hardly anyone else was on the beach with us. It rained a little bit here and there, which balanced out the bright, hot sun. The rain looked super cool bouncing off the water while we swam.
We enjoyed a bit of time in the sun before we walked to take the ferry back. The walk back showed us the natural beauty of Water Island - there were many cacti growing wild. Water Island has very few residents (around 160 people is what I recall reading) and it looks like an
amazing place to live! A natural beauty, a quiet island that seems to be free from the commercialization of St. Thomas - but St. Thomas is just a quick ferry ride away for all of the necessities of life (schools, stores, etc.)
Upon returning to the shop, we went straight for the Pizza place and the Grill for some food! We had some slices of Margarita Pizza - always such a tasty treat! Poolie went to the grill and brought back some fries and a veggie burger. The veggie burger was just okay - it was a little on the mushy side.
Then, we went for afternoon tea in the Coral Dining Room. We had a hilarious waiter who served the scones in the most fun way ever - spinning and
swirling the spoons around - I got extra scones that I didn't even need just because I wanted to see what he would do! Lots of tasty treats and for some reason, the tea tastes extra yummy at afternoon tea! I don't know why, but it always tastes better!
After tea, I discovered that my cruise card was gone! After a bit of freaking out, we went to the front desk and I got a new one quickly and easily. Don't know what ever happened to the missing cruise card - never ended up finding it! The next bit is a blur because we came back to the room and had a nap for a couple of hours! All of that time in the sun makes you sleepy!
After that, we got our formal clothes on for the evening - while I got ready, Poolie watched some stupid movie on TV - "Jumper" - wow, it was terrible. I wore my short black dress and Poolie had a nice suit on.
We went to have our photos taken and waited for 45 minutes to have our formal picture taken! Ugh! Finally we had them done (it took our photographer nearly 45 minutes to take photos of *one* family...it was a little bit ridiculous!), and we went to the Coral Dining Room for
We got a lovely bottle of white wine, "Nobilo" from New Zealand, sauvignon blanc. We had a salad for dinner to start; I had the fettuccine alfredo and Poolie had vegetable fritters with braised lentils and paprika cream sauce - he really enjoyed it! The alfredo was great, as always, a favorite! For dessert, I had a chocolate hazelnut souffle, and Poolie had a caramelized pear tart.
After dinner, we checked out a couple of the on board boutiques and enjoyed our balcony - the moonlight shining out over the ocean while our ship is at sea, so soothing and beautiful!
Our room steward, Alvin, left a towel animal for us on the bed - a shrimp, or some sort of sea creature with chocolates for eyes! So cute! We were thrilled to find the towel animal in our room! It is so sweet of Alvin to go to the trouble of making some towel origami for us to keep in our room.
Just relaxing out on our balcony right now, enjoying the warm tropical breeze off the ocean. Can't wait for our adventures to continue tomorrow in Dominica!