Day 11 (Wednesday) was spent in beautiful St. Thomas. Allure of the Seas arrived early, but we had no plans other than a little light shopping, so we slept in and let the masses escape the ship. That was a good plan as it made for a low-stress disembarkation. Allure of the Seas docks at the Crown Bay cruise terminal, which is a $4 dollar taxi ride from downtown. Taxis in St. Thomas are usually pickup trucks converted to carry 15 to 20 people.
Truthfully, we did not accomplish much in St. Thomas other than walking around and a little lite shopping. In addition to Allure of the Seas, four other ships were in town, including NCL’s Norwegian Epic. In other words, it was crowded, and the weather was pretty lousy. We escaped a driving rainsquall by heading into Bones Rum and T-Shirt Shop.
After a little more shopping we made our way back to the ship to rest and get ready for the Aqua Theater show, Oceanaria. I did snap a pic of some of the local wildlife hanging out near the ship though!
This was the rescheduled viewing of Oceanaria as our original booking was postponed due to inclement weather on the first night of the cruise. Oceanaria was a very interesting production, kind of hard to explain. Amazing acrobatics and diving (The Aqua Theater is equipped with a pool with a depth of up to 17.9 feet). Unfortunately, a little over half-way through the performance, the large outdoor video screens switched to say the performance was canceled due to technical difficulties. Something had seemed off in the seconds leading up to this, and we would soon learn why. An announcement was made for paramedics to head to the Aqua Theater. I don’t know the details, but one of the performers was injured. In fact, we were delayed by about 40 minutes departing St. Thomas so they could be tended to. Hopefully, they are ok.
With that, we had nothing to do but go on with our evening, which included Tapas for dinner at Vintages with our friends who were cruising with us this week. I’ve become a fan of Vintages and the great staff there…not to mention, the Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon. On to St. Maarten. One of my favorite spots in the Caribbean.