St Thomas USVI – Taxi Tour of the Island

Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas USVI.

Last week I shared with you some of the damage from Hurricane Irma and the Blue Roof Program that is helping residents live in their damaged homes until they can be repaired. This week, it’s all about our excursion on the island. One of the things that was unique about this cruise for us is that we decided not to purchase any of the excursions offered by the cruise line. As I see it, the major advantages of purchasing an excursion through the cruise line are that the vendor is vetted and considered reliable by the line. Probably more importantly, if there is a delay due to a problem with the tour vendor in returning to the ship, it’s the cruise line that’s responsible for either delaying the departure of the ship from port until you arrive or to get you to the next cruise stop at their expense. If you “go it on your own”, you take on the risk of missing the ship’s departure and any attendant expense at rejoining the cruise. Continue reading

The Blue Roof Program – Help for Victims of Hurricane Irma

Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas.

Our first port of call put us in the capitol city of St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. I would be remiss if I were to leave out the effects of Hurricane Irma that we viewed on our visit to the island. Next week, I will share some views of the excursion we selected. This week, however, I’d like to mention one program designed to help the residents of this U.S. Territory. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 11 February 2018

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas USVI.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sprinkling in some photos captured on our recent cruise to the Eastern Caribbean. Later, there will be some full galleries of images captured along with details of the places visited. On our visit to St. Thomas, we skipped the usual cruise ship excursions and grabbed a “taxi” Continue reading