Tuesday, February 18, 2014

2013 Royal Princess Christmas Cruise - Day 4 - St. Thomas

This post is a chapter of my 2013 Royal Princess Christmas Cruise Photo Review.

This cruise review was originally published on Cruise Critic beginning January 3, 2014.  You can read the original review here.

December 25, 2013 - St. Thomas

Merry Christmas!

We arrived that morning to St. Thomas and were back-to-back with our old friend, the Norwegian Epic!

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It was fun because we stayed in an aft balcony when we sailed the Epic in May, so we could see our old stateroom. We loved sailing on the Epic, and would love to sail on her again. Rachel said that the Epic is her favorite ships of all she's sailed on (mine, too). Mom has some strange love of the Grandeur of the Seas.


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The poor Norwegian Sun had to tender into St. Thomas!

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We took the tram to the top eons ago...

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We took an open-air cab to Sapphire Beach. Another family on the cab was headed to Coki Beach and asked us why we chose Sapphire and if we'd been there before. We told them we were going because it was very pretty and we enjoyed it a few years ago. They asked if we knew anything about Coki, and my dad chimed in that it's more of a local's beach and that it has a bit of a reputation for a high crime rate. "Don't let him stop you if that's where you want to go - it's been about ten years since we've been there." "Oh, no. Sapphire Beach sounds good - we're going with you!" They wanted to share the cab back with us, but they were leaving in two hours, and we wished to stay longer than that.

Disclaimer: I talked to some people later who went to Coki Beach and were very complimentary, suggesting that we go next time. It has been about ten years since we've visited, but we had a really bad experience when we did. It might be worth checking out again.

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It was a bit difficult to find the chair guy, as we arrived late, and the beach was rather full (not to mention it was Christmas day and we were in port with the Norwegian Epic and Allure of the Seas). But after we got settled, it was nice. That is until the Jersey Griswold Family Reunion arrived. There were 21 of them, and they just blew my mind. As soon as they got there, they rented a paddle board and a kayak and had drinks in hand. I just don't know how they kept up with each other.

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I almost stepped on this guy... he freaked me out!

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This is called the "painkiller." It's nutmeg - very interesting!

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Before dinner, Rachel and I went to play a game in the Vista Lounge that was listed as "Family Bongo." Sounded like fun... maybe an interesting twist on Bingo. Well, it was a TYPO! It was family bingo, and "family" is a real stretch because I guarantee you that not many under 20 knew any of the songs that they played short excerpts of.

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Tonight, we celebrated Mom's birthday.

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NEXT: Day 4 - St. Maarten