Our first day in port! I have never been to any of these port stops before. Richard on the other hand had been to most of them, but many years ago when he was in the Navy. In the months leading up to the cruise his statement to me was that he would be happy to relax on the ship and didn’t really care if we did anything in port. The cruise, for us, is mainly about relaxation, but still – not having been to any of these ports I didn’t want to completely miss out on seeing what the islands were about.
Sailing into St. Thomas
What this brings me to is that we had nothing planned for St. Thomas. We walked around and saw the port stores. There are the typical small stores for jewelry, jewelry, and jewelry, watches, watches, and watches, clothing and souvenirs, a drug store, and a grocery store. Taxis and tours were available very close by.
Havensight Mall – the small stores.
I noticed the people were nice and they were not pushy with trying to sell you things. We did not ride the tram to the top of the hill, it was $21 per person. We heard the view was good even though it didn’t look like the hill was that much higher than the ship.
If you walked a few blocks further there was another shopping area with high end stores. This is a very upscale shopping area with nice paving bricks and benches. It was so hot though, that after walking around for a couple hours we wandered back to the ship for cold drinks. Most of the stores weren’t even open.
Walking area at the high end stores
Carnival Valor was in port with us, as were a number of high dollar yachts including Steve Job’s yacht and one that is reportedly the 10th largest in the world, Rising Sun. There were also charter yachts like Excellence V which says it starts at a cost of $680K per week and Solandge at 1 million bucks a week. Wow! And my last “other large ships” comment is that there was a catamaran coming alongside us when we were docked, that had a mast as high as our 12th floor on the Equinox.
Carnival Valor (foreground), Celebrity Equinox (background)
Venus, designed by Steve Jobs
The Massive Catamaran
Back on the ship for the afternoon, I discovered the Sparkling Mint Lemonade (lemon juice, agave, mint leaves, soda water). Believe it or not, they normally charge $4.50 for this non-alcoholic beverage. Since Richard and I both have a beverage package on this cruise I can drink as many of them as I want for no additional charge. The lemonade was extremely refreshing and I continued to drink it rather often for the rest of the cruise. My other healthier, refreshing drink choice was the iced tea at a cost of $5. It is a large serving, enough for 2 people or if you drink a lot of tea/water like I do then just for one!
Finally, did you know they have motorcycle cruises? There was a group of motorcycle riders on our cruise, most (maybe all) of them were from Toronto, Canada. At each port stop they take their bikes off the cruise ship and have a police escorted ride around the island. I think that’d be super fun if you were a bike rider.
I’m sure there is much more to see and do in St. Thomas. Maybe next time!