Up in the morning , we have a 9 oclock cab to the West End to catch a Native Sun Ferry to St Thomas. (All arrangements made by Nancy the activities mate). We say our final goodbyes and we're off with Bryan and Peg from Knoxville and Nick from the party fools group. Nick catches a 10 oclock Smith's Ferry, we catch the 10:30 Native Son.
We quickly clear customs and immigration and take a cab to Hotel 1829. Our home for the next 2 days. They store our luggage and we walk down the hill to town for lunch and shopping. No cruise ships today so town is quiet. Often we are only patrons in the store.
Main branch of Litle Switzerland has a FREE internet cafe upstairs. Time is limited to 10 or 15 minutes if crowded. We were the only ones in the store. I email family to let them know we are ok. We head back to 1829 and check in to room # 2. The room is huge and features a balconey overlooking the harbor big enough for two chairs, a table and two lounges. We veg out for the rest of the afternoon from sheer exhaustion (plus most stuff in town is closing at 3pm). We are disappointed that the 1829 restaurant has recently been closed and many other spots are also closed due to slow day and slow season.
Dinner is at a bar/restaurant called the Greenhouse on Front Street. Great food , loud music and great service ( the owner checks yor satisfaction at least twice during the meal) Go early, 4:30 to 7:00 is happy hour. 2 for one drinks and half price appetizers. Tourists , locals and boaters seem to all enjoy the place. Do not walk around town at night. take a cab no matter how short. St. Thomas after dark is not a safe place anywhere. Sunday we have buffet breakfast at the 1829(included) and we head out to Magens Bay. No cruise ships, just locals and us. Fabulous beach day. Sunday night everything in town is closed. We eat at the Greenhouse again. Monday is getaway day. Buffet breakfast at 1829, a last walk around town and we are off to the airport.
We're in NY by 5 pm and home by 7pm.
Great vacation. Thanks again to all the people at CGB, Windjammer crew and passengers, staff at 1829 . If you like tee shirts , shorts , bathing suits, rum swizzles ,
sunshine and good friends this is your trip. If you need the spa, casino, room service
or a manicure, go another way.
Next trip, Celebrity Summit October 28. Sometimes I too need room service.
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Bill, thanks for the detailed descriptions of the trip. We'll planning a trip next year for my sister's anniversary and her hubby has been sort of reluctant, so this gives him a first hand account of what to expect. Sounds like you had a blast, even with a few minor inconveniences.
I second the thank you for your review. We're going in January and also have the 'honeymoon suite' reserved - canNOT wait! Glad you had a wonderful time. I've printed out your report so that my husband can read it also. We're staying a couple of days before and after also but at Elvet's - the Elm Beach Suites. Again, thank you SO very much for your review and we're really looking forward to it.
Thanks for the memories. Reading your report brought back the entire experience. We were on the Cloud in March and again in June of this year. We also stayed at Quito's and ate at Stanley's. CGB is the best place to stay we have found on the island. This was our fith trip to the BVI and the Flying Cloud. Again thanks for sharing
Having cruised quite a few times, this was the only one that I felt warranted writing a story like this . I try to have a good time wherever we go (and usually do). This experience was different and I will return to the BVI's someday for a more extended stay. The Cloud provided a great way to sample the BVI's and we will cherish the memories (especially the PPP party). I'm glad you found some enjoyment in my story..