Nice day here in St Thomas today, although we really didn’t venture far from the ship. We checked out some of the shops around the port and I continued my perpetual hunt for free wifi. I was hoping to dock at Crown Bay because they have a great little pub there which sells beer for $2 and offers free wifi for as long as you can remain upright in your chair. Last time I sat there all afternoon and wallowed in social media for hours, all at no additional cost! Due to the scheduled arrival of the Allure of the Seas, which is THE biggest cruise ship on the water today, we got bumped over to the OTHER port, in Wico Bay. As it turns out, the free wifi options are plentiful around this port, as well, and I was able to get connected a few times to check emails and the like. There just wasn’t a nice cool and comfortable sitting area which provided $2 beer to make the day more enjoyable.
After Kier got tired of dickering for jewelry, we headed back on the ship
Well…I will certainly admit that I’m no techy. I can hold my own in some computer circles, but I really only know the basics. And I certainly don’t know how to circumvent what must amount to a “cone of silence” which Princess must encircle their ship with in ports like this where free wifi is readily available. I could SEE the networks, I could CLICK on the networks, but for the life of me, I could not CONNECT to any free wifi networks that were available mere yards away. I could see nothing other than a very simple, low tech chain link fence between me and the shops
What I love about days like today is that when we return to the ship 3 hours before “all aboard” we can find plenty of lounge chairs around the pool. Now, not around the big pool. The one with the movie screen and the thick cushions, but around the other pool where the chairs have no cushions whatsoever
It was a great afternoon. The water was warm, the sun was hot. And the kids…well, they were loud and rambunctious. Where their parents were, is anybody’s guess. There were 5 brothers who performed continuous cannon balls into the pool. I know I’m IN the pool…so fully submerged in water…so why would I be opposed to getting splashed periodically? Well, I don’t want to get my Maui Jim’s wet, or worse, damaged, of course. I’m not a buzz kill. I don’t want to hinder some kids fun…but really, could they not confine all the kids to ONE of the 2 pools? I’m guessing I’m not the first to suggest that. We don’t have to worry about this type of thing on most of the cruises we do…cause the average age of most of our cruises is late 70’s, if not 80's. I’m beginning to think that that’s not such a bad thing after all. Well, except for when you’re behind them in the buffet line!
Tomorrow is the port of call I’ve been waiting for. The one we booked this cruise to see. Turks & Caicos, here we come!
Lower the cone of silence, Agent 99!
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Southside, St. Thomas