Yesterday morning Adam and I arrived in St. Thomas to grey skies and a light drizzle. Not the way one tends to envision a Caribbean vacation but also not the worst thing in the world. Just being on vacation is pretty great!
We enjoyed some coffee and breakfast on the ship while waiting for the rain to stop.
The drizzle did end but the skies never cleared up so we decided not to do any excursions. Most of the activities here had to do with spending time snorkeling or exploring local beaches. While that sounds awesome for a bright and sunny day it didn’t seem worth the money on a cloudy day.
We did get out and walk around the port for a little bit so I can officially say I’ve stepped out onto St. Thomas!
There isn’t much to explore near the port so we just walked around for a little bit. Obviously I made friends with the local pigeons and lizards.
When I started taking pics of the lizards Adam asked, “which one reminds of you Cecil?” The answer: all of them.
After we explored the port area we spent the rest of the day napping, reading and drinking tea in the cafe on the Promenade.
If you have ever cruised on a Royal ship then you are probably familiar with the Promenade. It’s a deck that has a free cafe where you can get tea, coffee, mini sandwiches and desserts.
There’s also a free pizza shop called Sorrento’s where you can get a slice of cheese or pepperoni pizza – or you can have them customize a pan pizza for you. The other day Adam had them make him a curry chicken pizza!
There’s also plenty of duty-free shopping available on the promenade.
Each ship tends to have different shops; Harmony has a Kate Spade which has been calling my name since we boarded. I haven’t gone in yet because I don’t need anything, but I did hear there may be a Kate Spade event tonight that I might have to check out.
Harmony also has a cool Bionic Bar where you can get your cocktails made by a robot. If we’re friends on Snapchat (@KristinaRunning) you probably saw my clip of the robot adding ingredients and then mixing a drink!
There is no human intervention at all. Guests submit drink orders via an iPad that tells the robot what to make. Once a drink is ready the guest simply scans their Seapass card (onboard ID card) and is able to take the drink from the robot.
All in all we had a very relaxing day in St. Thomas. I had been looking forward to exploring a little more of the island but I was also just as happy to catch a few extra zzzz’s on the ship.
It seems like every other year we tend to have an active vacation and then a relaxing vacation — which is not a bad rotation to be on.
Tomorrow we’ll arrive at St. Maarten which Adam tells me is a beautiful island worth spending the day exploring. Fingers crossed that the sun comes out!
Have you been on a Caribbean cruise? Favorite port?
If you’ve been to St. Marteen which excursion did you do?
Where would you go on your dream vacation?!