Waking Up in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

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?! 




  1. April 19, 2017 / 5:51 am

    Is that a car on the ship? Do they take cars? The drink made by the robot sounds really fun! Do you guys have a balcony attached to your room? We are so alike, when we go on vacation, we end up talking to ALL the little critters because we missed our cats. On our 12 day vacation it got BAD. I remember walking through the woods to go see the Grand Canyon (oh man do I want to go back!!!) and we kept stopping to talk to BIRDS! We were talking to everything!

    • Kristina
      April 19, 2017 / 6:22 pm

      That car is just for photo ops! haha

      Unfortunately this time we don’t have a balcony attached to our room. Because we sail on employee rates we have to take whichever rooms are available after guests book. If we sail in off-peak times we are likely to get a nice room with a balcony, but this week being spring break/easter weekend is a high peak time and we knew we probably wouldn’t get a balcony. The room is still really nice I’ll take a pic and post it! The only downside is that we tend to sleep super late because there are no windows which means it constantly feels like it’s the middle of the night until you turn the lights on!

      Adam and I talk to birds too! I pretty much just walking around mumbling “looks like Cecil” whenever we are outdoors! 😀

  2. Mika
    April 19, 2017 / 9:34 am

    Your posts have really made me want to try Royal Caribbean. I’ve only tried Norwegian. St. Thomas was my favorite island so it’s a bummer you didn’t get to try their beach but I’m looking forward to your pics from St. Marteen!

    • Kristina
      April 19, 2017 / 6:23 pm

      St. Marteen is gorgeous! You should definitely take a Royal ship over to the island :). We always cruise with Royal. Adam works for them so we may be a little biased but we think they are the best cruise line :).

  3. April 19, 2017 / 1:22 pm

    Ive never been on a cruise and since I get quite sea sick, it’s never really been something on my list. However, I do want to check out some of the Caribbean. Even though I grew up in Florida, I’ve never made it to any of the islands. That sounds like it would be a pretty fun vacation. Right now, my dream vacation would be to do some wilderness backpacking in Asia. Frank and I have talked about doing a trip like that, but the opportunity hasn’t presented itself yet.

    • Kristina
      April 19, 2017 / 6:30 pm

      Adam gets really seasick too but Bonine does wonders for him!

      That backpacking trip through Asia sounds right up your alley! Adam and I really want to visit Japan and Korea too but the long flight is what kills our plans every time. It’s tough for either of us to take more than a week off from work at a time, and it would suck to spend just a few days in either country after the long flight out there! I feel like a trip to Asia really needs to be at least 2 weeks long. Now I wish that we had gone to Korea when we first started talking about it though since who knows what’s going to happen there over the next few months/years….

  4. April 21, 2017 / 6:00 pm

    I must meet a robot bar tender haha. My parents like Royal and Princess Cruise lines.

  5. April 23, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    I love that the lizards reminded you of Cecil. I feel like that’s a very pet-parent thing to feel! All animals start to make you think of your own little baby!