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Day 2 Dinner - Formal Night

My Time MDR, same table, same great service.

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My two appetizer pattern continued but tonight at my choosing.  Shrimp Cocktail & Wedge Salad.  Rack of Mary's Little Lamb for my main. 

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I passed by the specialty coffee bar 'Latte-tudes' on my way back top my cabin after dinner, here is the menu:

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A quick change out of my formal wear and into shorts while I checked our position.  Here is our progress:

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Next stop, the pub.  Here is the beer menu:

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I was thinking there might be some pub music but having been totally buried with work this week I forgot it's Final Four weekend.  It's packed in the pub!  Apparently there are more Michigan fans on board. 

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My excursion in St Thomas has changed from morning to afternoon.  I'm hoping my former co-workers in St Thomas can adjust to accommodate and meet me in the morning. 

 

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9 hours ago, Floski said:

Beautiful pictures, as usual, pal.  

That Solarium is beautiful, too - it looks bigger than the Freedom's.  

 

Good to sea life vests in your room, as opposed to Oasis, where you'll get them at your muster station (honestly?).

If you think about it, you hear the horns and you go straight to your muster station.  If everyone went back to their rooms to get their life vests it would cause so much more crowding in the halls and stairwells, plus delay getting off the ship.  Isn't it better just to keep them there?  They already have a full set at the life boat stations anyway, so I'd rather have the extra space for my stuff!  Not that I bring too much, mind you...

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Windjammer Breakfast

Located deck 11 aft

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Two egg stations, one for fried eggs and one for omelettes.  That's Kristen, my assistant wait staff during dinner in the MDR.

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The egg stations use a ticket system unlike from what I''ve seen on other ships.  You place your order and are handed a ticket with a two digit number.  You are free to wander around and gather other food then come back when your number is up and collect your order.  It works quite well.

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Mmmm, bacon.

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Several flavors of pancakes kept warm under cover.

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Lots of fresh fruit.

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Smoked Mackerel and Smoked Salmon.

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Al Fresco Seating with aft views

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If you've ever eaten in a Windjammer on any ship, you'll quickly feel at home on Serenade with the added bonus of outdoor seating.

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3 hours ago, twangster said:

Day 2 - Sea Day

Pretty close to a full moon last night.

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Woke this morning to a beautiful sunrise

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With that it's off to the WJ for breakfast.  Warning - excessive food pictures coming in next post.

Absolutely stunning, @twangster! Especially the time lapse.

You’re really pushing me to up my photography game. 😜

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Just now, JLMoran said:

Absolutely stunning, @twangster! Especially the time lapse.

You’re really pushing me to up my photography game. 😜

In the words of @twangster...competition is a good thing!  That means we will get even better blogs! :8_laughing:

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23 minutes ago, JLMoran said:

Absolutely stunning, @twangster! Especially the time lapse.

You’re really pushing me to up my photography game. 😜

Likewise, I look forward to seeing what you come up with!  Game on!

I'm regretting not bring a more stable tripod. 

I'm hoping to find a not so windy place on an upper deck to try a motion time lapse with a sunset.

Take it easy on your step count, pace yourself... you've got some port days coming and there is nothing worse than being exhausted and physically drained 1/2 way through a cruise.  

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3 hours ago, twangster said:

Yes.  Right in front of the pub.  They've had at least 3 different movies playing so far.

Thanks !  I love those cinemas.  They are so great - especially on long cruises where you really look for something to do on multiple sea days.  I hope they NEVER get rid of them !

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Day 4 - St Thomas

There is no easy way to put this, this post will be photo intensive.  Sorry @Matt, in the immortal words of Roy Sheider's character in Jaws... "We're going to need a bigger boat".

I met with a friend and former co-worker before the excursion.  He reports the majority of residents on St Thomas have power back but other luxuries like cable TV are still a work in progress.  Residents on St John are still getting there.  Many areas have power but more remote areas are still without.  Despite that people are settling back into a routine.

My excursion today - St John's "All Inclusive" Beach & Snorkel

To clear up a commonly heard misconception, all inclusive refers to ferry + taxi + park admission + snorkel gear.  Nothing else.  No water, food or anything else. 

A few pictures around Crown Bay to start us off:

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Our greeting committee:

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Our chariot (ferry) to St Johns.

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We cruised along the Southern coast of St Thomas and from a distance much looked normal but you could see many of these coastal buildings took it hard during the storm and they are a work in progress.

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Twenty fives minutes later we approached Cruz Bay in St Johns.

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We loaded into our taxi's to begin our way to Trunk Bay.

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Our first glimpse at Trunk Bay.

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After a 15 minute drive we arrived at the Virgin Islands National Park - Trunk Bay.

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Restrooms and showers faired well during the storm:

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Some things like the concessions are not open yet.

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Chairs are available for rent.

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Snorkel gear included in the excursion was available near the beach.

There is a snorkel trail underwater.

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The beach is gorgeous with sugar like sand.

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The snorkel course is to the left of the island with marker buoys in the water.  I set my stuff in the sand and donned my snorkel gear.

Lots of Sea Urchins.  You do not want to step on one.

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If you look closely you'll see lots of minnows.

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This complete and about an hour later we boarded our taxi.  Our driver stopped at several viewing spots so we could take pictures.  That's the British Virgin Isles in the distance.

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Jumbie Beach

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This is the Caneel Bay Resort.  Like most hotels it's closed pending restoration.  

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Back on our ferry and heading to St Thomas they offered beer for $5 (brewed in Portland, ME).  

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I managed to talk to a few locals this trip.  Most hotels remains closed with no word when they might reopen.  Building material and labor are hard to come by to fix them.  While some hotels have opened, tourism is swayed towards cruise ships at the moment.

While island life is settling into a new normal, the storm's effects continue.  For example, rain inundated many homes.  Appliances not physically damaged are beginning to rust and break down just now from water damage, even if minor at the time.  The storms that keep on giving.  Those that had the money built with concrete and faired better than those with older homes.  They didn't escape unscathed though, even the concrete began to saturate from the days of rain before, during and after both storms which amounted to weeks of rain.  The concrete in some cases withstood the wind but leaked water from saturation.  

I was glad to make it over to St Johns and just as happy to see life moving forward.  It's a process but the tens of thousands of dollars each cruise ships brings are very welcome.  With hotels shut many are out of work but they very much appreciate each ship and the jobs that are created from the cruise industry.

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