After lunch we stopped in at Captain’s Corner for some duty-free liquor to take back to the villa. They also had a nice selection of island t-shirts, souvenirs, and cigars from all over the Caribbean. We walked back to Slim Man’s parking lot and saw this Iguana walking down the sidewalk with his banana. On the way back to the Villa we stopped at The Market Place. This is a sanctuary of retail shops, galleries, and food and dining options. The Marketplace is home to Starfish Market, St. John’s largest and best grocery supermarket, St. John Hardware, Chelsea Drug Store and much more! We purchased things we might want during the week but was very careful since the prices were extremely high. It also appeared that there was two price when we got to the cash register, one for the locals and one for tourist.  
We drove into town and parked at Slim Man’s parking lot. They placed the cars in the lot a strange way but it all seemed to work. As we walked around the village shops, you diffidently know that ii is time to take off your watch and slip on your flip-flops. There was no mistaking, we were on St John. The 20 minute ferry ride from St. Thomas had slowly slipped us into another time and space, The pace was carefree, the people were friendly and the natural beauty was so relaxing.  Cruz Bay is the heart of St. John, aka Love City. Cruz Bay is the center of island life and activity, which is hard to tell because of the relaxed atmosphere. We wandered around the little park, where an arts and crafts fair with local art, food and souvenirs with a scratch style band playing in the gazebo. …
All of a sudden, a dark cloud came across the bay and the rain started. It was a heavy down pour but only last about 10 minutes then the sun came out. It’s had to tell in the bottom picture but there is a rainbow.
We got up late this morning, sat on the deck and enjoyed breakfast and the view of the bay. We have learned that the owners have named the villa Beach Music. There is a guest book for renters to log their memories and thoughts of their stay. The history was interesting to read and gave us many insights into the house and bay. The single boat picture is Fancy Pants, the boat that belongs to Beach Music. There are many boats anchored in the bay and during our week here not many of them were ever moved. Some of the villas on the high side were under construction and the one next to Beach Music was for sale. During the week here we did discuss buying a place but decided we really didn’t want property that far from home.
We decided it might be fun to rent a villa in St. John VI for a week with the Rotchfords. We traveled by plane, ferry and jeep to get to our home for a week. We flew into St. Thomas and boarded the Red Hook Ferry arriving at 10:00 pm at St. John, A person from the rental agency met us at the ferry with our Jeep. We took Southshore Road out-of-town, pass the Westin, made a right on Great Cruaz Bay Road. We passed Laughing Gull Lane, went over 3 speed bumps and made a left at Great Sunset. This took us from Great Cruz Bay to Chocolate Hole. The house sat directly in front of us behind 2 stone pillars marked Chocolate Hole 98. The house was yellow with peach trim. The owners, of the villa, had their white Cherokee in the driveway.  After exploring the villa, we …
This could take a while. Samantha started out tearing one little piece of paper from the box, She didn’t seem in any hurry to see what was inside, Yes, I can handle being the center of attention. Who cares about a gift when you can eat the paper!   Oh, more paper! Look at my big girl chair! WOW! This is FUN!   1 Comment This child is out of this world. Always with a smile on her face. Samantha is precious fredlupe · 2008-01-03: 15:34
These are just a few pictures of Seattle from the ship, with the last one of the ship heading out to sea. As you can tell from the pictures, it looked as if the sky would open up any minutes and rain on our parade at moment. It did not rain so we enjoyed are sail away from the top deck. Save Save
The cabins on the Star were more spacious than some we have been in and lots of storage space. The shower was larger than most and enclosed by a sliding door. Water on the floor was never a problem. The toilet was on the other side and also enclosed by a sliding door. Towels were changed constantly even though we had hung them up and would have used them again. Linens were changed daily as well. The safe in the cabin was easy to operate and a nice thing to have since you do not want to carry your valuables with you all the time. We like having a cabin with a balcony and we like having the doors between the cabins open so we can visit back and forth during the cruise.   As we are enjoying our balcony, we have a front row seat to dock and all …
From the moment you step into the atrium lobby, with its fantasy furniture and artwork you know that it is going to be a fun cruise. An explosion of bright Caribbean-style colors set the tone in both the public rooms and accommodations. A dash of contemporary and art deco styling elevates things in some of the ship’s fancier restaurants and lounges..The Atrium is six decks tall with 3 glass elevators, two winding stairways going up 2 decks to the Internet Café with the Java Cafe is located in center. There is often live music in the Atrium. Open 24 hours a day, the Blue Lagoon offers hamburgers, hot dogs, fish and chips, a couple of stir fried dishes, potato skins, chicken wings and so on. There are always cookies and fruit to munch on. The Star Bar is a place that a gangster would hang out. Order a cocktail. Relax. …
Once we were on board it would take two to three hours (usually about 2:00) before we could get to our cabins. The passengers from the previous sailing had to be out of their rooms by 9:00 this morning, it only makes sense that the staff needs time to get the cabins cleaned. So the first thing we did was find a dining room and have lunch. After lunch we started exploring the ship so we would have some idea where things are. This is the Bier Garten, located on Deck 13, high up midship, overlooking the pool area. Unfortunately, since it is so high, it is not a highly desirable place to be in Alaska or any other cold weather cruising. This could be the reason it was open only twice on this cruise. It was offered once during the sail away party and one other morning. bar serves …
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