Thursday, April 14, 2011

An Easy Day in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Formerly the Danish West Indies, the US Virgin Islands were sold to the US in 1916. The islands consists of St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John. The population of the islands is about 110,000, mostly people of Afro-Caribbean descent.

The flag....

Surprisingly, we weren't feeling too peppy after our wine-filled, sun-filled day in Antigua. Barb and Ed and I went out in search of a taxi for a small tour.

Hmmm...an exact replica of the Little Mermaid. I guess this is to remember their Danish heritage...

Ta-da!! When you see a photo frame, you have to hop in!

There weren't a lot of taxis around. There were lots of little trolleys and trucks that carried groups of people, but we weren't into groups that morning. Barb and Ed had been to St. Thomas five times already, so they weren't really interested in an island tour and I didn't care too much one way or the other. They wanted to go to the beach and that was fine with me.

The beach looks deserted....

Lots of hills in St. Thomas...

There may not have been too many people in the water, but there were tons of people on the beach...

We went for a lovely "soak" in the water and after about an hour, we were all happy to head back to the ship. Nice to have so many trees at the beach!

The water is so pretty...

A hilly town!

With bright happy colours...

And some big houses!

Back at the ship...I am still astounded sometimes when I see the size of it. We are at the front and the buffet is at the back...does getting to the buffet classify as a workout?? Heh, heh!

These are the little trolleys they use for the island tours...

Or if you want a few less people, one of these trucks...

It was a nice, easy relaxing day. Gina's creation? I think it's a pig!

It was the last day for bingo. We didn't go once on this cruise...we just turned up on the day they give away the jackpot. Someone has to win!!

And then it was off to our last game of trivia. Our team with Stuart and Shirley from Australia. We met them the first day in Santiago at the hotel and have played trivia every day. The only day we won was the day Barb and Ed and Jim and I didn't show up, and they played with someone else. Hmmmm....

Our last day on board...we went up to Skywalkers to sample the drink of the day. Ed is looking pretty pleased!

Jim and I dressed in our "winter" clothes because everything else has been packed. Barb and Ed were staying on in Fort Lauderdale for a week.

The Baked Alaska parade at dinner. Jayson, one of our favourite waiters...he was so shy!

Christine joined us for dinner. She is heading back to England...

And we're on to Fort Lauderdale...

Although the cruise got off to a rocky start with Jim's illness, we managed to work it out and still have a great time. How can you not enjoy a cruise?!

This ends the South America blog!

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