Two years ago, the family and I went on a Royal Caribbean cruise. Perhaps my favorite place was St. Thomas, and that’s not because it’s an American territory. In fact, we saw very little of it, given how we were only given a half a day. No, it just seemed like the kind of place that’s an ideal tropical getaway, great for families and without the exorbitant prices of Hawaii, or the feeling of overwhelm in Florida.
Also, a good share of time was taken up waiting for our charter snorkel boat to return – about two hours after it was supposed to.
Cruises, for all intents and purposes, are enjoyable. For roughly a week, you get to eat with abandon, sing karaoke, play silly trivia games and relax until you can’t stand it. And yes, you get off the boat every now and then and go into a port where you don’t get any sense of the local flavor or culture, because you usually can’t get past the touristy parts. So I wish that we could’ve spent more time in this one place.
With this post, my intent is to share some visual reasons why St. Thomas was the best of the Caribbean stops we had. Really, it will just be pictures, not much text. Sometimes, that’s just the best way to go.
Mega-cruise ships like these do feel spacious at times, even with several thousand passengers and crew aboard, but it’s just not the way I’d like to always travel.
But isn’t this a great place to wait…at a restaurant called the Fat Turtle. NLS, of course, loved it. I personally loved the dreads on the turtle.
The captain was quite apologetic for being so late. We had to keep reminding the girls that we were on our way to view sea turtles in their natural habitat by snorkeling.
JRS didn’t have the greatest mood, naturally. But once we on board and sailing, she did lighten up.
After a half-hour sail,we get to the island with Turtle Cover, at last. And it turned out to be the best part of the trip for them, too.
This whole post makes me think…someday, I’m going to need an underwater camera. I always think of those disposable ones, encased in plastic, that take terrible pictures. Now there are models that can do as great a job as a DSLR, and I’m going to have to treat myself to one before our next underwater adventure. Trust me, the sea turtles were there 🙂