Distance from St. Maarten: 86 Nautical Miles
A beautiful day in Paradise
The plan today is to walk into Charlotte Amalie and check out the Passman Jewelry Store. We are parked at the main pier (not the Point Crown Pier used by the Queen Mary 2) so the walk is considerably shorter and uses a shortcut through the expansive mall located at the Marina.
Solstice docked at Charlotte Amalie
It’s hot today and there’s not a lot of shade on the way.
A small park and monument just off the dock
Stream running through a condo complex near pier
The trip was about 1.6 miles and as we got back on the bay road, the Solstice was visible across Charlotte Amalie Bay.
Jewelry Store Row in Charlotte Amalie
Even though this is a port day, I was scheduled to give my third talk, “Secrets of the Royal Families” at 4:30 PM (we push at 5:00). Expectations were low for a good crowd since people were returning from their excursions jut about the time I was speaking.
The crowd surprised even me, going SRO again – extra chairs had to be brought in an a few people were sitting on the stairs. Some people decided not to stay because they couldn’t get a seat. Attendance was in excess of 200 people. I ran a little long but no one seemed to mind.
Dinner again at the Ocean View Cafe with Esperanza's singer, Lolita. It was a great dinner chatting with her.
The Captain came on the PA and announced that the ship had returned to the pier. One of the passengers required medical attention and the ship had to drop the passenger off at the pier for treatment. It took about an hour or more for the ship to finally push.
After dinner in the Ocean View Cafe, we were reunited with Karen Grainger for Showtime in the Celebrity Theater/
Karen Grainger as Cher (pictures above)
Karen changed her show somewhat including singing more songs in her own voice (below).
Karen as Celine Dion
The biggest surprise came when she sang “Hallelujah” in her own voice. She told us later that she really liked that song and decided to include it in her show.
Karen finished off her show with “Time to Say Goodbye” another one of my favorite – and apparently – Karen Grainger’s favorite songs.
“Time to Say Goodbye”
We said hello to Karen on the way out (she did remember us).
We are really looking forward to the two straight see days.
Pedometer: 12951 Steps; 6.1 miles; 634 calories