Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Friday, December 23, 2011 – Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI – Mostly Sunny – 84F

Distance from Brooklyn, NY to St. Thomas: 1541 Nautical Miles

We are once again in St. Thomas.  The QM2 is docked at a different port today – Crown Point Harbor, which is about 2 miles from Charlotte Amalie. 

From the deck, I can see that the Sea Dream II is our dock mate.

 Crown Pt Harbror and SeaDream II (Small)

Sea Dream II

The deck was also a good spot to get a picture of the bay.

2011-12-23 Crown Harbor Charlotte Amalie (Small)

It was not easy getting a picture of the QM2 – the photo below is the best I could do.

QM2 at Crown Pt Harbor (Small)

We decided to forgo the taxis ($8) and walk the 2 miles into town.  The walk was flat but took us through an industrial part of the outskirts of town.

Walkig to Charlotte Amalie (Small) 

Me at the Dock of the Bay

Our goal was to find a Starbucks or some other source of free WiFi.  There were plenty of “WiFi Zones”, none of these were free.  I did get lucky, however.  While strolling along the main street of the city, I checked my phone and found an unsecured WiFi.  I was able to connect and check e-mails and send updates and pictures back home.  We never did find a Starbucks or McDonalds and to add to our excitement, the city’s water supply was off so all of the public restrooms were closed.  Fate was smiling on us because one of the local bars had their own cistern and their bathrooms worked.  They were kind enough to let us use their facilities.  As the word about the water situation spread, I am betting that that bar is the most popular place in town.

We walked back to the ship (it did not seem shorter going back).  We had some lunch in the King’s Court and spend the rest of the day out on the warm deck.  

After dinner (another good meal - “Pan Seared Grouper and Pesto Ravioli”), we caught the Headliner, Jennifer Fair.  She had a perfect voice and sang songs I knew.  She has great stage presence. Terrific show.

Jennifer Fair (Small)

Jennifer Fair

We read a bit in the lounges but soon hit the room. I did finish “Violets are Blue” by James Patterson and am now reading Patricia Cornwell’s “Unnatural Exposure”.  It feels like I might have read this book but we’ll see.

We are tired from our giant walk.

Pedometer: 15233 steps; 7.22 miles; 746 calories

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