Day CS7, Friday, December 21, St. Thomas, USVI

Trip Start Dec 07, 2012
Trip End Dec 22, 2012

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Flag of Virgin Islands US  , St. Thomas,
Saturday, December 22, 2012

When I woke about 6 and went out on deck it was drizzling with evidence of recent heavy rain.  Things were a bit better later on and I finished my 1 1/2 mile walk on the final stages of our approach to Charlotte Amelie harbor.  Perhaps as one of the benefits of sailing out of San Juan, I was surprised to see that we were the only ship in what I expected to be a very crowded port.  Perhaps because most ships sail out of Florida on Saturday or Sunday and are at sea Friday.

This is my 4th visit to St. Thomas, after Crystal Symphony (2002), Grande Mariner (2008) and Enchantment of the Seas (2011), so I was familiar with the port and didn't have any special plans.  Others in our group went snorkeling or swimming with dolphins.

I had considered taking the aerial tram but it didn't seem right with the on and off rain.  I did walk to McDonalds (no wifi there) and spent about an hour in the old section of Charlotte Amelie.

A number of our party decided to get dinner in the Oceanview Cafe and pack rather than coming to dinner, so the 11 of us who were present all gathered at our large table for our final meal together.  Afterwards I met with Adrienne in the Cafe Al Bacio to show her my Panama Canal slides and then finished packing.

I'm not really a fan of the Caribbean but a week with family, old and new, and a special occasion are now a pleasant memory.

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