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Yep, it’s time for another trip!   Leave a comment

Years of cruising have exposed us to many wonderful areas of the world.  One area that begged for a longer stay than the eight hours or so afforded by a cruise ship was St. John in the US Virgin Islands.

I remember our first excursion to this lovely island.  We were heading for a promising day of snorkeling at Trunk Bay and our driver pulled over for a photo op and pointed out the Caneel Bay Resort.  As he described the resort to us, we began dreaming of staying there.  It seemed idyllic!  Upon our return to reality, a friend of ours bragged that he had just returned from a work retreat to Caneel Bay Resort!  Work!!??  As he went on and on about how much he loved it, all I could think was, “Are you freakin’ kidding me?  You got to go to a dream destination like that for work???”  However, time passed, other trips got booked and St. John waited.

A couple of years ago we made another stop on St. Thomas and took another excursion to St. John.  This time we came away determined to come back to this island for real!  I began to research Caneel Bay, because that is of course where we would be staying!  Then I started reading reviews.  In between glowing reviews were negative undercurrents that I just didn’t care for.  My Caneel Bay balloon slowly deflated.  So I did what I should have done in the first place.  I began a general search of hotels and soon came across the Gallows Point Resort.  The consistently glowing reviews, fantastic location (walking distance from all of the shops and restaurants in Cruz Bay), and reports of good snorkeling had me sold.

Initially I made a reservation for October, but plans changed and we opted to go during the high season for once (not very budget conscious of us!) to enjoy the better weather.  So April it shall be!

Originally I thought we would book our flights through Jet Blue as they flight direct from Boston to STT (you have to fly to St. Thomas then take a ferry to St. John).  BUT for reasons I can’t fathom, Jet Blue does not fly direct from STT to BOS!  Not a deal breaker, but as I began pricing options, I found that we could fly direct (both ways!!) on Delta.  Although I do prefer Jet Blue as an airline in general, Delta’s prices were competitive and the direct flights made the decision a no-brainer!

The clock is now ticking with a month to go.  A jeep has been booked for part of the trip and we are beginning to think about what we want to do while we are there.  Although plunking myself down in the sun with an umbrella drink in my hand will be enough for me!

Watch this space for future reports!!

 

 

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Posted February 28, 2017 by cubechick in St John, USVI

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St John via St Thomas   Leave a comment

As this would be our fifth time stopping at St Thomas, we opted to go to Trunk Bay beach on the nearby island of St John. Our excursion began about an hour late as the ship had to clear US Customs and there was a medical emergency as well. They did give us more time at the beach to make up for the delay.

Trunk Bay is just gorgeous. Depending on who was speaking, we were told the beach ranged from top ten in the world to number one. 😉 It rained for about four minutes when we arrived at the beach, but as you can see the weather cleared up nicely.

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Trunk Bay has a great underwater snorkel trail and a snack bar and changing facilities. At $4 per adult, it is well worth a visit. Of course getting to St John would cost a bit more than that!

After a quick lunch on the Pearl, we went to Senior Frog’s which was located just opposite our ship.

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We were visiting on Good Friday, which meant they were only able to serve beer and wine until 4:00pm. I don’t know why they don’t restrict all alcohol sales, or why the bars can serve everything after 4:00pm.  At four o’clock sharp, the DJ announced the time and the entire bar let out a loud cheer. 🙂 We quickly ordered a round of margaritas and then dashed to the ship for the 4:30 boarding time.

A beautiful sailaway begins the journey home.

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Posted April 5, 2015 by cubechick in Key West and Bahamas

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