Welcome back! I’ll jump right in with why y’all are here:
The second full day of the cruise, we were supposed to go to the Dominican Republic. Sadly, we weren’t able to dock because the swells were too big! We did get a photo “at” the Dominican Republic, though 🙂
Instead of docking, we had another sea day. This one was much more relaxed than the first one – because we had already been there for quite some time, we didn’t feel the need to hurry up and experience things. All in all, it was kind of an uneventful day, comparatively. We read, laid in the sun, ate Indian food for lunch, and relaxed. We were also able to get ready for dinner early and catch the sunset.
Because we weren’t able to dock in the Dominican Republic, we were able to go to St. Thomas early. Originally we were supposed to dock at noon, but we ended up docking at around 8 a.m. We ate breakfast and got off the ship early.
Y’all… St. Thomas is beautiful. I’ll let these photos do the talking, but they really don’t do it justice:
I fell in love.
I would like to add a note here, though, that a lot of island is still pretty damaged from the hurricanes last year. We were actually some of the first tourists to visit the Virgin Islands since the hurricanes (according to our tour guides). It’s a beautiful place – if you’re considering visiting there, I would like to humbly encourage you to do so, and to tip well while you are there 🙂 Tourism is a huge industry for them.
We walked around the shopping area, bought a few souvenirs, and then found a restaurant to relax until our excursion at 12:15.
Our excursion was a small boat ride to St. John, an open taxi ride through the U.S. Virgin Islands National Park (one of my 50 before 30 goals met!), and then went snorkeling. It was amazing.
Here’s some photos from us snorkeling. As an FYI, we used this camera for the photos – it takes photos as good as a GoPro, in my opinion, and is only $60! I could not recommend it enough. It was also super easy to use. Everything for it to be waterproof and to mount it comes with the kit.
And, here’s some photos from my phone while we were on the beach 🙂
Also, the National Park has wild donkeys! It was so cool!
On the ride back through the National Park, they stop so you can get photos:
After the ride back through the National Park and the boat ride back to St. Thomas, we got back on the ship. Dinner that night was this chicken – I don’t know what it’s called but it was SO good. Some of my favorite chicken I’ve had.
And I’ll leave you with that! If you’d like to read the first post, click here!
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