Mike Faust, editor of Cruise Currents, recently sailed on board Eurodam for a seven-night eastern Caribbean cruise and chronicled his trip for us. What’s your favorite Caribbean port? Let us know in the comments below!
Cruising the Eurodam – Day 5 – St. Thomas
We docked in St. Thomas at the Crown Bay Cruise Center around 7:30 am. I had just woken up and was sitting on my balcony taking in the beautiful and tropical views of St. Thomas when the Allure of the Seas began to dock next to us. Now, I know from my tour of Oasis last year that the Allure and Oasis are beautiful ships on the inside, but I was kind of annoyed that a bunch of balconies would be blocking my view of St. Thomas. Anyway, I enjoyed a quick breakfast in the Lido Restaurant and then went down to our cabin to get ready for our pre-planned shore excursion.
Today we would be doing the Champagne Catamaran Sail to St. John. This tour gave us the opportunity to snorkel with the fish of the Virgin Islands or swim to the white sandy beaches ad just relax in the clear shallow waters. After a fun roller coaster-like sail over, we arrived in St. John. Our instructors quickly suited us up to go snorkeling, and in no time, I was jumping off the side of the catamaran into the blue waters of the Virgin Islands. My first underwater view was truly amazing. As I began to rise back up from the bottom, I was able to see the different shades of blue that made up the cool water I was snorkeling in. I eventually began to snorkel through the reefs located just feet from the beach, spotting beautiful colored fish darting in and out of their coral homes. Some other Eurodam guests even said that they saw a sea turtle and a sting ray!
After snorkeling around for awhile, I decided to make my way up to the beach. After battling my way through waves with my snorkeling gear on, I made it to the beach. The sand on this beach was some of the whitest and warmest sand I have ever felt. The only real way to describe this beach is: paradise. It was so relaxing to just sit out on the beach and watch the waves and clouds move past you, me not really having a care in the world. It was perfect.
Eventually it was time to get back to the Eurodam, so we boarded our catamaran once again and took off for St. Thomas. On our way back, our all-American crew served us fruits, cheeses, breads, rum punch, champagne, beer, and pineapple juice (for me). After a long day of snorkeling and beachcombing, these snacks and drinks really hit the spot. Our crew (whose names I unfortunately cannot remember) made sure that a fun time was had by all and that we were making the most of our sail back into St. Thomas. After a quick, but somewhat terrifying ride back in a open-aired bus, we made it back to the Eurodam with only minutes to spare. Almost as soon as we opened our cabin door, we were setting sail. So our day in St. Thomas had ended, but it was probably my favorite so far because of the awesome snorkeling, beach day, and refreshments provided by the Champagne Catamaran Sail to St. John.
After we set sail, it was time for diner. Tonight we would be dining once again in the Pinnacle Grill, but this time the restaurant would be themed after the famous Le Cirque in New York City. From the decor to the plates, to the menu — it was Le Cirque at sea. As a starter, I enjoyed a delicious Caesar salad which was complimented by a delicious piece of toast and a poached egg. For my main course, I had the chateaubriand. The chateaubriand was perfectly made and very savory. The flavors were brought out even more with the addition of the special sauce served on the side. This was definitely one of my favorite meals thus far. Holland America Line ship’s that sail at least seven-night cruises do a Le Cirque night, and I highly recommend that you check it out and enjoy one of the best meals you will ever have.
The night was finished off with the Dancing With The Stars At Sea show in the main theater. This week featured a great performance by Sabrina Bryan, Joey Fatone, Mark Ballas and Lacey Schwimmer. The show was very upbeat and energetic and even featured some of your favorite dances from Dancing With The Stars. It truly was a great show and I think that Holland America Line will see much success with the new show very soon. From the Champagne Catamaran, to dining in Le Cirque and Dancing With The Stars At Sea, I would say this was probably my best day of the cruise yet.