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Old 02-27-2013, 07:38 PM   #11
"If I were not upon the sea..." I want to already have another cruise booked!
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Day 5: Land Ho!!!! St Thomas

Docked at St Thomas, one of the prettiest ports in the Caribbean and this day was a beauty!! We ate breakfast out on deck at Cabanas, what a nice view of the harbor and what a great way to start the day, especially in February!

We got off the ship and took a lot of pictures of it from as many angles as possible. We just couldnt get over how big she is! And beautiful, especially compared to the two other ships that were docked behind us!

We spent some time wandering around the mall area, checked out a few of the shops, picked up a couple of souvenirs and walked around the streets of that area a bit. Then we went through the resort there at the dock, checked out the shops and took a bunch of pictures, many of the ship! It was a warm, sunny and stunning day.

We headed back on board for lunch at Cabanas. We chose to eat inside this time. I think theyve done a fantastic job with this space. Obviously its much larger than Topsiders, but more than that the area is laid out very well and is quite comfortable and doesnt feel crowded or tight. The décor is fun and the view from the floor to ceiling windows is great, especially of the spectacular harbor.

After lunch, we got changed to spend time on deck. We rode the Aquaduck a couple of times. Really love this ride and what a view coasting above the deck overlooking the harbor! Now it was time to grab a couple of loungers up on deck 13 and relax!

Bruce and Darren invited us to their cabin for sail away. They had a veranda room at the aft part of the ship with a huge wrap around veranda. A super view! We all enjoyed a couple of drinks and sailed smoothly away from St. Thomas at sun set.

We had planned earlier to make sure we got a photo with Pirate Mickey that night. So off to our stateroom to get into our pirate gear. If we do say so ourselves, the costumes look pretty great! We were in line at a good time for Pirate Mickey, and got a good photo. We then high tailed it to Preludes, where we were able to snag a photo with Captain Jack Sparrow. He was incredible, very engaging and a dead ringer for his movie counterpart.

Next stop, Mickeys Pirate Party up on deck 11. This was our first experience with the new format for the pirate party. This part of the festivities started when the family cabarets usually take place. This gives most everyone a chance to attend. In this iteration Minnie and gang teach everyone how to be pirates. Then captain Hook takes over only to have Mickey challenge him by proofing his (Mickeys) crew are fierce pirates. Of course Mickeys crew wins and there is much rejoicing. This is a far more kid friendly show and I think a great idea. This gives the kids, who have trouble staying up for the later party a chance to have fun and is a bit less dark than the event weve seen on the Magic.

Dinner was at Animators, which was a great venue for the evening. The screens show different pirate themes, from the animated to the live films. The lighting and music add to the effect and totally helps add more fun to the evening.

Back on deck for Buccaneer Blast, part two of the Pirate event. This time the show is a little darker and involves the main stage cast members and cruise staff. And it continues with the pirates trying to obtain a golden gauntlet from Jack Sparrow, who repels down from the front funnel. Eventually he wins and demonstrates the power of the gauntlet by setting off the fireworks show, which is now backed up with music from the pirates movies, very dramatic. The fireworks were AWESOME!!!! There was brief lull after a few minutes when you thought, okay that was nice and its over, then they returned with a vengeance!!!! Truly spectacular! It is truly a magical thing to be on a ship in the Caribbean, dressed as pirates, with pirates and then to experience fireworks!!!! Wow!

We then checked out the extensive buffet at Cabanas, and despite having had dinner just a little while before, managed to get a few goodies, including a turkey leg! We ate out on deck, before calling it a day!

I only hope we never loose sight of one thing, that it was all started by a mouse. -Walt Disney
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