Wednesday, April 28, 2010

St. Thomas

Our first port was St. Thomas, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands. It's capital, Charlotte Amalie, is named after a Danish Queen. The capital sits in the harbor and is the most visited port in the Caribbean.

St. Thomas is every bit as beautiful as I had imagined. As you can see, the water was like glass. It didn't take long for Rick to decide that he could live there. Here are the views we had from our cabin balcony as we pulled into the port.
We went on a shore excursion to the heart-shaped Magen's Bay, rated one of the top 10 beaches in the world. It sits opposite Charlotte Amalie. On the way to Magen's Bay, we stopped at a scenic spot called Drake's Seat, the highest mountain (1,500 feet) on St. Thomas. Legend holds that Sir Francis Drake, commissioned by Queen Elizabeth I, spied on the Spanish Fleet as it passed through what is now known as Drake's passage.
This tree was at Drake's Seat. It is not native to St. Thomas, but was imported from Japan several hundred years ago. Now, of course, it can be found all over the island.
These views look down from Drake's Seat onto Magen's Bay beach, which was our destination.
See the strip of sand in the upper right corner of the above photo? These next two photos were taken from that beach. Even though it was cloudy and a bit cool, the water felt soooo warm to us! When we left New York 48 hours earlier, it was 44 degrees and raining. The air temperature on the beach was in the upper 70's and the water felt even warmer. Guess that's what happens when you are a New Englander, even a transplanted-from-L.A.-via-Colorado one!
On the way back to the dock, we stopped at a second scenic overview. You can see our ship in the background of this photo.
I managed to catch this seaplane just as it landed.
That night was the first of two formal nights on the ship. From swimsuits and flip-flops to formal wear and heels~I think I prefer the former!
Tomorrow: St. Maarten! Have a great day!


Amy said...

Hellloooo is so my guys look great and it looks like you're having a wonderful time! Good for you!!

arlene said...

Another island on my wish list.
St. Thomas is supposed to be beautiful, & I can see that from your photos.

Love the formal pictures, you guys look awesome.