Today was our first port day , St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. While there were plenty of shore excursion activities from which to choose including beach get-a-ways, snorkeling, island tours and sea life experiences, we choose to enjoy the near empty ship for most of the day, only getting off briefly to pick up some souvenirs in the nearby shopping plaza. Iâ€™m not sure when this plaza was built, but it certainly wasnâ€™t there the last time I was in St. Thomas over 30 years ago. However, it seemed to be just like many of the stores that we might have visited 30 years ago right in town. We got some goodies for our kids including a variety of T-shirts and a Caribbean cook book for my aspiring chef daughter.
Again one the things I enjoy about cruising is that one can do as much or as little as one wants. I like to stay up for the shipâ€™s night life, but I am not really a night owl at home so an afternoon nap is usually pretty easy to accomplish on a cruise ship, especially with so many of the passengers ashore, it makes for a pretty quiet time on board.
I had forgotten about the previous nights time change and thought I had over an hour to get ready for the free cocktail our offered to Celebrityâ€™s most loyal passengers, the elite cocktail party held near nightly in the shipâ€™s sky lounge. Dress for this event is smart casual, so no flip fops, swim suits or shorts. For me it really was a matter of getting quickly dressed for dinner and then I head off for this event. We enjoyed visiting with other couples who frequently cruise Celebrity and had both diet cokes and wine. We left the event a few minutes early to take in the sun set sail away from the lawn club and aft bar.
We were not disappointed as this area of the ship afforded some beautiful views of St. Thomas and its harbor. We had live music in the form of Jerry B, a one man steel band who played beautiful tropical music.
After the sail away I enjoyed listening the shipâ€™s production singers and orchestra perform â€œMotown Favorites in the atrium area. This was an opportunity for the singers to really show their singing ability with-out having to perform with-in the confines of what can sometimes be â€œover producedâ€ variety shows. Here the singers and dancers too could really let loose, inter act with the audience and have a lot of fun with some classic Motown and R & B songs like â€œAint to proud to begâ€, â€œMy Girlâ€, â€œOh Baby give me one more chanceâ€ and â€œProud Maryâ€.
We were then off to dinner where I enjoyed very much my second course Lobster Ravioli. Everthing else was pretty darn good too, but that ravioli really stood out.
We had plans to see the comedian Steve Caouette again at the smaller Celebrity Central theater, but we had about 45 minutes before the start of the show so we headed up to the sky lounge. This got my husband into trouble. They were having the â€œDancing With the Stripesâ€ a kind of Dancing With the Stars competition, yet instead of profession dancers they had the shipâ€™s officers lined up to pick partners from volunteer passengers and compete in a dance off. I have never laughed so hard because my husband doesnâ€™t dance and neither did his partner,…. really. They fumbled through a Marimba, Jive, and Waltz and then got eliminated in the first set of eliminations. I wish they could have stayed through the next round where the dancers were required to perform Classical Ballet, Bollywood and a Tango. It was a lot of impromptu fun.
Since my husband was eliminated early from the competition we were able to make the comedy show. Again the comedian had some set jokes, but mostly just played off the interaction with the audience. It was a great way to cap off a long but enjoyable day.