Tag: US Virgin Islands
Most cruises have one to two sea days where you have no port stops that give you time to relax and get to know the ship. This Southern Caribbean cruise that we took did not have any sea days. So after a lot of time spent researching each of the ports and what there was to do, we decided to choose two port days where we would take it easy and not have much of a plan. We chose our day in St. Croix to be one of these days.
St. Croix is the least visited of the U.S. Virgin Islands and is the most agricultural. This was very evident in the shore excursion options available in Frederiksted. The third-party shore excursion websites didn’t have anything and what was available through Royal Caribbean was expensive and not very interesting. So, we used this day to sleep in, have breakfast in the dining room, and play Pickleball before heading off to explore St. Croix.
Right at the end of the cruise pier in Frederiksted is Fort Frederik. Fort Frederik is a red masonry fort built by the Danish in the mid-18th century to ward off pirates. The fort, named for the Danish King Frederik V, is on the National Register of Historic Places. One of the most interesting facts about Fort Frederik is that it is believed that Fort Frederik fired the first salute from foreign soil to the new nation of the United States in October of 1776. In 1848, the fort was also the location of a slave revolt that led to the emancipation of slaves in the West Indies.
The fort is pretty small and doesn’t take too long to visit. Like many places in the Caribbean, the fort was damaged by Hurricane Maria and many of the exhibits did not survive. It only costs $5 to enter the museum and they could use all the money they can get to continue the restoration work.
After walking through the fort, we walked the main drag, found a coffee shop and bakery, and got caught in the most torrential rain I’ve ever experienced on a cruise. We had to hide out for a while to avoid getting soaked! After walking around for a little bit we headed back to the ship. It was fun to sit out on our balcony and watch the people return (top). Our friends could even see turtles from their balcony!
The other port where we ended up taking it easy like this was in Bridgetown, Barbados. I don’t know if it is still like this, but in March, to get off the ship in Barbados you had to take an approved tour. By this point in our trip, we had already visited four ports and we were tired. Nothing looked super exciting so all we ended up doing was shopping in the port area and going back to the ship. This was really hard for the die-hard traveler in me, but I guess now I have a reason to return to Barbados!
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