St. Thomas Sunset Dinner Cruise

We are on another sailboat!  My Alaska cousin, I, Zeb the Duck, my Alaska uncle and my mom are on a sailboat where we will see the sunset and have dinner.

 On a sunset dinner cruise!

On a sunset dinner cruise!

This is great!  We love boats.  This is New Horizons Dinner Cruise.  It is good tonight.

Mark is the captain of this boat.  Mark is nice, friendly and a great captain.  He talks to all of us, explaining where we are going tonight and what we should and should not do.  John is the second crewmember.  John helps us leave the dock, and brings us drinks.  The humans are drinking champagne with a strawberry!  It looks so pretty.

We pass homes and many yachts as we leave Sapphire Marina.  Everybody is happy and smiling.  So wonderful.  Some people are sitting on the back of the boat; several on the front of the boat and some are inside the boat.  Captain Mark said we could sit on any blue cushion.

We sail toward St. John, but we are not going to dock there.  St John is a beautiful island and part of the U.S. Virgin Islands.  See our post about our day in St. Johns.  This beautiful evening we sail past St. John.  While we enjoy the gentle movement of the boat and the ocean greeting the mountains, John brings us more beverages and starters.  First we have tomato and basil bruschetta, followed by smoked salmon and caviar over cream cheese rounds.  The sun is setting now and the sky is gold.

Beautiful Caribbean sunset

Beautiful Caribbean sunset

We sailed to Christmas Cove for dinner.  Anchoring in the calm water we enjoy the beautiful island scenery.  Captain Mark gets the food ready for us.

Captain Mark

Captain Mark

Our menu for tonight consists of fresh mahi mahi, island-style Caribbean chicken breast baked in a sweet and sour sauce,

Everything is fabulous, but we love chicken and mahi mahi best

Everything is fabulous, chicken and fruit here

and peel and eat shrimp.  Yum!  We also have classic Caesar salad with toasted croutons; green beans tossed with crumbled feta cheese, spices and Italian dressing, fresh cut fruit, and assorted fresh breads.  For dessert they present fudge brownies and New York style cheesecake.  We are offered fresh coffee, soft drinks or beverages from the open premium stocked bar.  Captain Mark and John pamper us and we love it.

My Alaska cousin and I take a turn driving back to Sapphire Marina.

Ducks driving the sailboat!

Ducks driving the sailboat!

We are not the only passengers that love this cruise.  We talked to a couple that has taken this sunset dinner cruise from New Horizons four times.  They said it was perfect every time.  With a recommendation like that, you should check www.newhorizons.daysails.com   On the left side, click on sunset dinner cruise.   You will want to get on this boat.  It is fantastic!

St. John, USVI

We are on a ferry going to St. John.

We love this ferry

We love this ferry

St. John, another U.S. Virgin Island, is about 3 miles from St. Thomas.   60% of St. John is a national park.   I, Zeb the Duck, and my Alaska cousin love boats.  We did not know how much fun they were until this vacation.  Our humans love them too.

On St. John we hired a taxi to take us around the island.  This taxi was a truck.

What a great taxi

What a great taxi

We had so much room and we could see so much.  Leaving Cruz Bay, we rode along the coast, stopping at beautiful beaches.  This is Caneel Bay and beach.

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

We saw the very exclusive beach resort.  It is owned by Laurance Rockefeller.  He also bought and donated much of the land for St. John National Park.

Virgin Islands National Park in St. John.  Park is 60% of island

Virgin Islands National Park in St. John. Park is 60% of island

So glad he did.  Now we all can see and enjoy this beautiful island.

Trunk Bay, white sand meeting the blue Caribbean water, is said to be the most beautiful beach on St. John.

Wow!  Love these beaches

Wow! Love these beaches

We thought it was beautiful!   Continuing along the gorgeous coastline, we saw Annaberg Trail

Annaberg Trail

Annaberg Trail

and restored ruins of the Annaberg sugarmill.  The fork in a tree trunk held what appeared to be a large pile of mud.  This is a termite hill or house.

Termites?

Termites?

Always something new to see.

We acquired some additional passengers during our tour.  One couple from the cruise ship in St. Thomas, took a ferry to St. John because they wanted to snorkel at their favorite reef.  St. John’s beaches and reefs are perfect for snorkeling and diving.

On the way back to Cruz Bay we saw some wild donkeys.

Wild but friendly donkey

Wild but friendly donkey

They were right next to us on the road.  So nice to see them!

The town square in Cruz Bay had a gazebo, iguanas and chickens.

My favorite chicken

My favorite chicken

The people and animals all get along fine.  They even like the Colorado Traveling Ducks.

After a little shopping, we stopped for beverages and coconut shrimp at the High Tide Seafood Bar and Grill.

Coconut shrimp are tasty here.  Relaxing by the Caribbean Sea is very nice!

Our kind of place

Our kind of place

Soon it was time for our ferry back to St. Thomas.

Ferry is waiting for us

Ferry is waiting for us

We loved St. John, but we enjoyed the boat ride back and our resort is beautiful also.  You will love to visit St. John.  We hope you go soon and enjoy the beach and maybe some snorkeling or diving.  Visit www.visitusvi.com/stjohn/homepage  for more information.