The Nieuw Statendam was pulling into St. Thomas when I woke this morning.
We decided to try breakfast at the buffet and weren’t disappointed. I had a bacon/spinach and cheese omelette while Steve ordered a crepe along with his usual items.
I didn’t realize until we went to our cabin that the Koningsdam was docked in front of us.
Ashore in St. Thomas
After getting ready for a day ashore we left the ship. I wanted to try a new beach and we found a taxi taking us to Sapphire Beach along with two other couples. When we got there the surf was rough and it looked like all the shady areas were taken although it wasn’t crowded.
The driver offered to take us to a calmer beach and we decided to take him up on it. That was how we ended up at Secret Harbour.
It was very empty when we first arrived.
We rented chairs and an umbrella for $30 and enjoyed the beautiful beach and water.
Steve liked the local beer the bar sold and the waitress suggested a great cocktail made with coconut rum and ting grapefruit soda. Yum!
It was very sedate (maybe too much for me).
I did have some boneless chicken. Wings to keep the hunger at bay before we got back onboard.
Right in front of the restaurant is where you can rent chairs and umbrellas from a dive shop.
This is as busy as the beach got!
Simon picked us up at 1 pm; right on time and we headed back to pick up the other four. They were ready early an we headed back.
On board we had a late lunch. Steve went to the Dive In Grill for hot dog and fries while I got the Wall Street Pizza (sans arugula) at the New York Deli.
We went back to the room for a nap and woke up about sailaway time. Good thing since the sister ships had a ship horn battle that was fun to hear.
Their decks were full of people waving good bye to us. It won’t be long until we see them again at Half Moon Cay.
We then got ready for the evening before heading to the dining room. It was busy but we were promptly seated on the second floor.
I had the tangerine shrimp to start.
Steve and I both had the salad.
My entree was the coconut chicken curry.
Steve had the carne asada and enjoyed it; we both had it a few months ago on the Nieuw Amsterdam.
For dessert I had sugar free, gluten red creme brulee…
My better half went for the red velvet cake.
I finally got to the casino to get the rest of my birthday present from my sister (thank you again) and enjoyed the last few selections of rock classics performed by the Lincoln center musicians. Excellent!
Then we got to the Billboard On board right when the set “British Invasion” started. I liked this bar’s cocktail menu.
Tonight I ordered “My Heart will go on” and liked it.
Tomorrow night I’ll try another one.
When the set was over we went to the showroom and waited for the show featuring a comedian. I thought he was funny; Steve wasn’t as big a fan.
Tonight’s room invader is a puppy!
Here is a flyer promoting St. Thomas excursions (click for full PDF).
We also received this form for disembarkation options.
It came with the form for luggage direct.
Here is today’s Where and When (click for the full PDF).
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