Sunday, March 26, 2023
Because of our late lunch, we had a late meal in the Lido after playing some slots. We both had the ribs with squash and asparagus. The ribs were okay but not as good as how Chuck makes them. Didn’t stop us from inhaling the whole meal before I thought to get a photo.
Chuck returned to the Casino, but I decided to go to the “Movie by the Pool.” Occasionally the ship will show family friendly movies on their big screen outside in the Lido pool area. Tonight, they were showing Raiders of the Lost Ark. It was a favorite of mine back in the day.
The NY Deli and Grill serves snacks on these movie nights, so I settled in with a Diet Coke and popcorn. Fun time.
We woke up at 7:00 so I went to the Grand Dutch Cafe for coffee. I never found another substitute excursion to replace the one that got cancelled for today so there was no reason to rush around.
At breakfast in the main dining room, we shared a table with four other people. We discovered that one couple has also signed up for the same 2024 June Alaska cruise as us. They are the not the only people that we’ve met who are planning for this cruise. It is a popular itinerary going to places in Alaska that most of the usual Alaska itineraries don’t include.
I spent the rest of the day sunning at the Sea View pool as I knew there will be no seat available tomorrow – the last sea day. It was very windy again today and there was more hat chasing.
The day went by quickly and it was soon time to get ready for dinner and the Orange Party.
St. Thomas / St. John, USVI
St. Thomas together with Saint John, and Saint Croix, form a county and constituent district of the United States Virgin Islands (USVI), located in the Caribbean Sea.
Christopher Columbus sighted the island in 1493 on his second voyage to the New World.
The Dutch West India Company established a post on Saint Thomas in 1657.
In 1917, Saint Thomas was purchased (along with Saint John and Saint Croix) by the United States from the Dutch for $25 million in gold, as part of a defensive strategy to maintain control over the Caribbean and the Panama Canal during the First World War.
The actor Kelsey Grammar was born in St. Thomas.
The U.S. Virgin Islands is the only location in the United States where you drive on the left side of the road.
St. Thomas has more than 40 pristine white sand beaches with turquoise waters.
At 31 miles, St. John is the smallest of the three main US Virgin Islands
Since 1956, approximately 60% of St. John is protected as Virgin Islands National Park and administered by the US National Parks Service.
The main economic driver of Saint John used to be sugar cane. However, the island is now almost entirely reliant on tourism.
*Trivia provided by Wikipedia