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Discover the Oasis – Day 4

March 17, 2010

Today was our first port of call, St. Thomas. I’ve never been here but have heard how beautiful the water is. Everything I’ve heard is absolutely true. When we woke up this morning we were already docked and people were leaving the ship. We were at the port from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This is our longest day at port. Because of the size of Oasis we are docked at a port that is further from the central tourist shopping area, however it’s only a $4 taxi ride over there.

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As we ventured to the other side of the ship to grab a bite to eat before we left the ship, the splendor of the Oasis was very evident. We were parked side by side another ship and the Oasis over powered it in size and splendor.

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One of tasks on the site inspection is to find a group tour for us to participate in during our January sailing. St. Thomas seemed like the most logical choice. Doing a little research online I found a charter that offers an all day tour. The charter offers unlimited drinks (soda, beer and mixed drinks), a great lunch, two snorkeling stops, and snorkeling equipment on a 65’ sail boat. Because of the size of our group we would have to charter two ships…not a problem. Our first stop was to a National Park Preserve. The water was amazing and so clear. I stopped bringing underwater cameras with me because the water is never really clear enough to get a good picture. I sure wish I had that underwater camera of Jennifer Zuckers! The water was the perfect temperature and there were so many fish. I saw yellow ones, yellow with black and white strips, dark deep purple with a hint of black, lavender with a gray tail, black, and so many more. We even saw one that looked like the coral on the bottom. We’re not sure what it was but it camouflaged itself so well you really had to look hard to find it even knowing what rock it was on. Did I forget to mention the beautifully sandy beaches that were right next to the coral reef? We stayed there for 1 ½ hours, then back to the boat for lunch.

After lunch we were off to another snorkeling location. This location was not quite as clear but there were plenty of fish, including the captains friendly Barracuda he gave out leftovers to. Nothing like looking under the water to catch a glimpse of it and having it turn and face you and swim towards you. Very sharp teeth! If I didn’t know better I would swear he was laughing at my fear.

What an amazing day! We set sail at 9:00 a.m. and were back at the dock at 4:00 p.m. I talked with the captain and the crew to get their suggestions for our private charter and they said that the location we went to was great, but they would suggest taking our group to the Jost VanDyke in the British Virgin Islands or up to the Virgin Gorda (The Baths). Instead of going to two different locations, we will sail to one great location and beach, spend a couple hours. then sail back to the island in time to do a little shopping. It’s going to be an amazing excursion.

Did I mention that we just happened to have two thirds of the USA Women’s Hockey Team on our sailing? They were a great group of girls and added a lot to the trip. They signed a lot of t-shirts. At the end of the trip, one of them reached in her bag and realized she had her Olympic Silver Metal. She brought it out to show us all. What an amazing day!

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Now back on board I’ve covered myself with Aloe! I did great until the last snorkel when it was a little overcast. I have great tan line on my back and chest! Bring plenty of sunscreen.

Dinner tonight was great as always. I selected the surf and turf and tonight was my very favorite dessert on the ship. I’ll give anyone 10 TAC points if you email in the right answer of what Patti’s favorite dessert is by Wednesday @5pm. Send your emails to TAC@heritagemakers.com

Tonight’s show is the headliner show. This show actually changes weekly so whatever we see tonight will not be the same show when we sail in January. Later this evening is the 70’s party in the royal promenade and that means dancing, singing, and a great show by the staff.

Tomorrow is St Maartin from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.!