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Flag of Virgin Islands US  , St. Thomas,
Sunday, March 20, 2011

Our last port of call --- St Thomas --  one of the US Virgin Islands. We arrived in port today in the pouring rain. After going through US Immigration on the ship we were supposed to go on a snorkelling tour in the morning but took one look outside and decided to cancel that. An hour after the tour left the sun came out as brilliant as ever --- I should have known better!! I spent the morning kicking myself about that. When the morning group returned and told us at lunch how great that tour was I jumped up from the table and said to J. “Get your suit on --- I’m going to get us on the afternoon tour!!” I threw on my suit and ran down to the pier and quickly traded in our Island Highlight Bus Tour tickets for  “Castaway Girl Barefoot Sail & Snorkel”. It was absolutely fabulous!! About 18 of us got on this big catamaran and headed out for a little sheltered cove to snorkel. The guides were three young fellows who were  not only knowledgeable but a lot of fun too! The wind was up so we got to our destination under full sail and anchored off shore. Those who wanted to snorkel geared up and into the Caribbean we went. We had one of the guides with us and he gave us a guided tour. He would dive down and point out certain fish and sea creatures and then come up to give us information on what he had pointed out (things like sea urchins, a moray eel, a real live Dorie fish - like in “Finding Nemo”, many other fish and types of coral). Wait until Lukey here’s I saw Dorie!! He also brought some samples up from down there that we could touch --- I held : a sea spider - a creature that sheds its legs when in danger only to regrow them within a few hours, and a sea egg - a round creature that is covered in white spines -- it works to cover itself with bits of seaweed to prevent it from getting sunburnt. Not many of the others volunteered to hold them -- but you know me.......... Everything he brought up was carefully returned to where he had taken it from. After we spent sometime over the reef we swam over to look at a ship wreck --- one that had been sunk during a hurricane that hit the island. You could still see full parts of the deck and hull. There were numerous fish swimming around it. My friend Russ had an underwater camera and got lots of good shots which he promises to email me after he gets home. We were in the water around an hour swimming and looking, then returned to the boat to set sail and return to our dock. Once back on board the rum punch came out and the music started! What a great tour to end our trip with!!! I loved it! Fo the evening show we had the Platters on board to entertain us -- great show playing all the music from the 60’s. Tonight we set sail for Ft Lauderdale - final destination - hard to believe we have been on board for 71 days, been to Antarctica and the Amazon and have circumnavigated South America!! 
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Lynne on

Wow what a wonderful adventure you have had . I have so enjoyed your blogs. Look forward to having you both home.

Pam on

Your trip has been amazing. It must feel a bit strange to think of it ending, and coming back to quiet Vancouver. Cold and rain isn't much to look forward to, either! Can't wait to see you.

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