Island Hopping

Trip Start Sep 03, 2011
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Trip End Oct 02, 2011


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Oasis of the Seas

Flag of Virgin Islands US  , St. Thomas,
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

It's frustrating that I had already written this entry but it was one of the casualties of my sick laptop. So now I’m trying to cast my mind back to last Tuesday – and when every day is fun packed it all becomes a bit blurry.  Anyway here goes.

So we got up at a reasonable hour and headed off for breakfast – we went to the Solarium Bistro – it didn’t dawn on us for a couple of days – that this was the healthy option restaurant – Craig kept getting frustrated as there was never any butter for his toast and there were only scrambled eggs available and no bacon – just turkey bacon.  And then we realized that we were only getting the healthy stuff there.  I was quite happy really as there was plenty of fresh fruit and natural yoghurt – probably my favourite breakfast anyway. 

Off the boat at St Thomas and on to the wharf where we had to board another boat to take us to St John island – both islands are part of the six islands which comprise the US Virgin Islands – there are also a series of islands which make up the British Virgin Islands too.  The crossing to St John was quite choppy particularly on one part where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean.  It took about 40 minutes all up then we were on St John island where we got on to this interesting open sided tour bus – an F450 with the back set up to take about 25 passengers.  Our driver and tour guide Chris was a real character and gave us specific instruction on how we should behave (tongue in cheek) – if we wanted him to stop because we something scenic we had to all say Oooooh, Aaaaaah, Niiice very loudly and he’d pull up tell us some stories and we’d take pictures then he’d ask where we wanted the bus to go and we had to reply Forward!!  Great fun.  We had a lovely tour of St John Island – beautiful beaches, and lots of hills and lots of rainforest and very humid – actually it reminded us a lot of the Cairns area and the Atherton Tablelands.  At the end of the tour we had about half an hour to explore the shops by the pier at a little area called Mongoose Junction.  Then it was back on the Island Girl and back to St Thomas.  They had a few shops and some markets on the terminal area so we had a bit of a poke round there then it was back on the ship again.  It was quite a process as you can imagine – reboarding the best part of 6,000 people all at the same time – especially since you have to be security screened and your bags Xrayed before re-embarking but must say like everything on Oasis it was very slickly done with the minimum of waiting time.  However we were pretty lucky – as we’d been standing in line for security checking there was a major black cloud overhead which decided to descend to earth just after we were on board!!

We had yet another fabulous dinner in the Dining Room and then we had booked to see the Headliner Show – Beatlemania.  It was absolutely brilliant – singing along to all the old Beatles hits.  Then a nightcap at Boleros – we used to go there a lot since it was one of two bars where smoking was allowed – and we all know about Craig and his durries!

Back soon

Anni xx
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