We were up at 6:30am and greeted with yet another beautiful day. I opened the curtains to see clear blue skies, puffy white clouds and calm, dark blue seas.
Today we dock at the port of Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas US Virgin Islands.
As we cruised on our way to the port we spotted several islands in the distance from our balcony. But, if you tried to take a picture of the islands all you could capture was the islands behind a misty shroud. We also past an outcropping of rocks in the middle of the sea. I loved it!
The last time we were here was when we celebrated Randy’s 70th birthday on a wonderful cruise with a group of our friends on the Freedom of the Seas.
Back then Randy, me, Jim and Vilma decided to walk to town and look around and had a great time discovering some beautiful alleys, window shopping and stopped at a large straw market for refreshments.
Today, Randy just wanted to get off the ship and check out the shopping center at the port and stop for a local beer before getting back on the ship.
We were especially interested in checking out the jewelry stores as we were on the hunt for a Crown and Anchor pendant that we were told could be found in the shops. We actually looked at a Crown and Anchor necklace at the Regalia Luxury Boutique on board but were told by a lovely woman we met in the lounge that they could also be found at St. Thomas and St. Maarten at a lesser cost. I loved the one in the shop. I loved the size of the pendant, the white gold and the many tiny diamonds and it had an adjustable chain.
When we returned to the cabin I noticed that Randy was sitting on the edge of the couch deep in thought. He looked at me and said, “I have been thinking about it and I would like for you to have that pendant. It would look so pretty on you”.
I was surprised and touched and said, “What a wonderful thing to say but let’s see what we can find at the port and if we cannot find the pendant we will return to the ship and purchase the one at Regalia”.
We ate a quick breakfast at the lounge then back to the cabin to enjoy the view as the ship slowly make its way to port. As we sat on the balcony Randy spotted a group of tiny, silver flying fish flitting across the water. A little later we saw small sea birds flying just above the water looking for its morning meal. Both were too fast for me to catch a picture. Oh, well.
The ship was not scheduled to dock until 11:30am so we spent a leisurely morning watching the birds and catching up on our email.
It was a treat to watch the captain slowly maneuver the ship closer and closer to port. As the ship turned more and more the island was revealed with the hillsides dotted with homes while the shoreline dotted with hotels and resorts. As we got closer and closer to shore the water turned a beautiful turquoise.
As soon as the captain announced that the ship had been cleared, we made our way to the Havensight Shopping Mall right there at the port. The mall boasted to have 100 duty free shops, restaurants, a pharmacy, post office, banks and ATM machines.
We walked around a bit stopping in several jewelry stores. We found two jewelry stores that had the Crown and Anchor pendants but I did not like them. The gold one was chunky and too large, the white gold was smaller but I did not like the arrangement of the diamonds. And, the price was higher than the one on the ship. We looked at each other and decided we would buy the one on the ship.
We walked around the area for a while stopping for some fun photo opportunities eventually making our way to a small bar called Virgin’s Haven and had a couple of local beers called, Carib. What drew Randy and I to this little bar was the signed that read, “Free Wi-Fi”. Nice!
Then we made our way only a few steps further to Señor Frogs for lunch.
You can always count on Señor Frogs for lively music, good food and fun, fun, fun! We ordered another local beer called, Presidente that was very nice and refreshing. We also ordered a plate of Nachos with refried beans, melted Jack and Cheddar cheese mix, guacamole, pico de gallo, jalapeños, olives and sour cream. I must admit the dish did not look very appetizing but it was delicious.
The last time we were here I danced the Wobble on top of the bar. Like I said, “Fun, fun, fun!”
Before dinner we headed to the jewelry store and bought the Crown and Anchor pendant we saw last night. It is beautiful and just the right size for me.
Dinner was, as always, a delight talking, laughing and having a good time with our table mates. We learned that we were not the only ones who had spent time at the mall and purchased jewelry this day.
I decided to eat light this evening choosing as my starter the Summer Fruit Medley with pineapple, papaya, mango, kiwi, strawberry, and coconut and pistachio yogurt. And for my main course the Arugula and Bosc Pear salad with walnuts, fried Camembert and cranberry dressing. Randy decided to have the Cilantro Crusted Cod Loin with vegetable jasmine rice, Cognac scented corn-curry wine-beer sauce. He commented that the fish was, “So very flaky and delicious”.
This was a very, very nice day!!!!
Tomorrow we are at St. Maarten.