Watching us sail up to St. Thomas from our balcony:
I was up and in the gym around 9 AM on our St. Thomas day, and thankfuly
it wasn't crowded at all. Unfortunately, when we headed to the
breakfast buffet on the Lido at about 9:40...it was VERY much so
(crowded, I mean). The pancakes were good but the butter was rock hard,
so much so that there was no chance of it melting enough to be edible.
Sad. They also had this little bacon-and-egg "flan" thing (it seemed
like more of a quiche to me, though when I removed it from its little
cup I saw from the bottom whey they called it "flan") that was really
We decided to debark around 10:45 or so, though we weren't meeting for
our excursion - the St. John Champagne Catamaran Sail - until noon-ish. I
wanted to wander around the port area a little bit. Surprise
surprise...there was a Senor Frog's right off the ship...
Now, we were able to pretty much get right off the ship, but we met some
people who had an earlier excursion and said that trying to debark
earlier was a nightmare. I can't speak for exactly what happened other
than to say that apparently there were some problems, though.
The Valor was in port with us this day! Second time I've been on a
Carnival cruise and ended up in port with the first Carnival ship I ever
Just past Senor Frog's and around the corner (about a 10 minute walk
from the ship) was a shopping area. Though I'd been to St. Thomas before
it was nearly 12 years ago so I"m not sure how long this shopping area
has been there, but I didn't remember it. However, it wasn't quite as
touristy as the new shopping areas that you walk into when you get off a
Carnival ship in Grand Turk (more on that later) or Mahogany Bay on
We met for our excursion and boarded open-air van/truck things for a
20-ish minute drive to the harbor. Parts of the drive were pretty
crazy/harrowing! I hadn't seen anyone comment on this before and I'm
honestly surprised about that.
Anyway, we were told to take off our shoes as we boarded the catamaran,
and they had sodas and water if we wanted it (the rum
punch/mimosas/champagne were for after snorkeling, of course). Our
catamaran was the Adventuress and our crew was Garen, a girl whose name
escapes me (maybe Dani?), and the captain, Cody/Cory. (Yeah...I'm not
good with names, especially if I only meet people once, haha)
We motored TO St. John and I want to say it took a little over an hour.
Throughout the trip the crew told us about St. John, St. Thomas, pointed
out other little islands, etc.
Approaching St. John:
The female crew member, Dani or whatever her name was. haha.
Honeymoon Beach, St John: FINALLY!
Garen pointing out the resort off to the left (well, our left, the beach's right) of Honeymoon Beach:
Now, once they anchored the catamaran we had two choices - to swim off
the boat or to take the dinghy to the shore. Now, Steve and I are strong
swimmers and definitely could have jumped off the boat, but we wanted
to go to the beach! So onto the dinghy we went. We did have to wait
about 10-15 minutes to do so, and that thing is definitely TINY and all,
but it is what it is. They literally *can't* pull the catamaran up to
shore so you take what you can get.
Looking out over the beach after dropping off our things:
Looking out over the water from Honeymoon Beach:
Once we had spread out towels and whatnot, it was time for some snorkeling! Stay tuned for many, many snorkeling pictures in my next update ;)