Location: US Virgin Islands
This was probably the most busy day of our vacation. We woke up early to have breakfast in the diamond lounge with Rachel’s parents. Then we went down to the future cruise sales desk to arrange for our next vacations. Leigh and Becky booked their long awaited transatlantic cruise. We also booked our 2016 mega-trip, but we’ll leave that for a future post. 🙂
Afterwards we went up to the sundeck to try the Flow Rider, but it was closed while we were in port at St. Thomas. So instead we played a few holes of mini-golf and played some casual ping-pong.
After lunch, the young group got off the ship and walked around the pier to observe the iguanas sunning themselves on the rocks; and to take some selfies with the Oasis behind us. Soon after that it was time to leave for our excursion to Trunk Bay on St. John.
We boarded the Island Girl and took a 30 min boat ride to get to the other island. The seas were a little rough but we got to see a halo rainbow. Along the way our boat guide gave us some background on the history and geology of the US territory. Once we got to St. John we got off the boat and boarded a taxi truck which took us in deeper into the National Park, eventually getting to Trunk Bay.
Trunk Bay is an absolutely beautiful beach. The sand is full, fine, soft and clean. The bay features a coral reef with decent visibility. The reef has a path which snorkelers can follow and read signs teaching them about this environment. Most of us went out into the bay and followed the sign buoys. All the while we got to see many kinds of reef fishes and corals. Towards the end of the beach trip though, we all congregated in the shallow area to relax. Ryan and Andy spent time observing a small and well camouflaged crab.
Eventually we had to leave the beach paradise and made our way back to St. Thomas and onto the ship. Before dinner most of us saw “Oasis of Dreams” the diving and water show. The performers were a mix of acrobats and divers, and together they put on an incredible show!
In the late evening, we went out to the sun deck to try to see the Venus-Jupiter conjunction. Sadly it was too cloudy and rainy to be able to see it. We’ll have to try again in a few years when it happens again.
Tomorrow we make port in Sint Marteen/St. Martin.
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