Waking Up In St Croix
There’s nothing better than having a balcony when you cruise, and on Viking Sea every room has one. Not only did I get a great view of the coastline, I also got a partial view of the Bridge.
It was warm and sunny outside with temperatures forecast for the high 80’s. I had booked a snorkelling excursion and was excited to try it for the first time.
As my body was still on UK time, I felt really hungry as soon as I woke up. I needed to eat something quickly, so I ordered breakfast in my room and enjoyed a delicious feast before getting dressed.
Simple, Beautiful St Croix
I wanted to have a look at Frederiksted before leaving for the Buck Island trip. Thank goodness I did. St Croix is unlike any other Caribbean Islands visited by cruise ships.
There is no big terminal building, you simply walk along the pier into the quaint town of Frederiksted.
As you reach the Customs and Immigration building, there is a small welcome party where you can taste the local rum while the DJ plays Caribbean music.
And if that doesn’t get you in the Caribbean mood, this lady will.
Frederiksted Historic District
There is a lovely area just at the end of the pier with benches facing the sea. The red building is Fort Frederik which was built in the 1750’s to guard the island from pirates. It now houses a museum and art gallery which can be visited for a small entrance fee. A clocktower overlooks Emancipation Park where in 1848, Danish Governor Peter Von Scholten emancipated the slaves.
I thought this was a really pretty place and not busy at all. There are a few tents set up with local sellers offering a range of local products but no big tax free jewellery stores or designer shops, which I find is a refreshing change. It might be different when one of the larger cruise ships visits. If you have any experience of this please let me know in the comments below.
Driving To Christiansted
We were the second trip of the day for our driver Stephen.
Religion is a very important part of Island culture and it wasn’t long before I had a sign from God.
Thankfully it was just the shadow of a window sticker on my leg. Or was it?
The drive to Christiansted, the largest town on the island, took around 20 minutes. En route I was surprised to see an oil production plant on the island, recently sold and renamed Limetree Bay Terminals LLC. More in keeping with the area was the Captain Morgan Rum Distillery, which has a visitor centre if you fancy a look around.
Arriving in Christiansted we gathered on grass area to meet our Caribbean Sea Adventures Crew. I took the opportunity to snap a few photos of the colourful buildings around us.
Our Buck Island Adventure
The sun-kissed crew from Caribbean Sea Adventures, gathered our group together.
We headed to our boat.
Once onboard the boat, it became apparent that I was the only person on board that had never snorkelled before. Many people had brought their own equipment.
Buck Island is a protected National Monument. Two thirds of the island is surround by a coral barrier reef. This provides the perfect eco system for a variety of marine plants and animals including endangered species.
I didn’t go too far from the boat for my first snorkel but what I saw and experienced was something I will never forget. It is hard to put into words the peace and tranquility I experienced even just putting my face into the water, but it moved me to tears when I emerged from the water.
Here is a 3 minute video that I have put together to give you an idea of what it was like. Have you tried snorkelling? If so I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. If you like the video please visit my YouTube channel and give it a thumbs up and subscribe to help me get famous :-). I hope you like the song as much as I do.
Back On Board
Back onboard the Viking Sea, you are handed a much needed chilled flannel to refresh yourself, and a warm smiley welcome from the crew who greet you by name.
After our wonderful day trip, I was thirsty and needed to cool off a bit. I ordered myself a Margarita on the rocks, no salt, at the Aquavit Terrace Bar, and headed to the infinity pool.
I watched the beautiful sunset as we sailed away from St Croix.
Then it was time for dinner in Manfredi’s Italian Restaurant.
The meal in Manfredi’s was delicious but I was so exhausted after another action packed day, I could barely stay awake to eat it. So as soon as I finished dinner I headed back to my room and flopped into the incredibly soft, comfy, cosy bed.
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