During September 2010 we took a seven day cruise through the Caribbean. It was a very aggressive itinerary which had us departing from Puerto Rico and then exploring an island a day. St. Thomas was our first stop. We participated in the Best Views Excursion that Carnival provided. This was an excellent first visit, and we both fell in love with the island. I could easily see us going there and spending a week.
Megan’s Bay – I loved this spot, we had the pleasure of spending a couple of hours swimming here. While we were trying out our snorkeling gear we had a Baby Green Sea turtle swim up and check us out. This special memory was the perfect kick off for what would be a great first day of a wonderful journey.
The location has an Inn, which is in easy walking distance to three historical houses, the World Amber Museum, and lots of shopping. On site was the Salty Dog bar, the West Indian Trading Company, and the Rum Factory. The location has a huge lookout tower as its centerpiece with 20 Pirate Statues scattered all over the grounds.
The Rum Factory was our first tasting opportunity of the trip. They began the tour with a brief overview of how rum is created and then took us into the gift shop where the tasting bar was set up. We took our time trying the different rums and enjoyed the diversity of flavors. Be warned that the Blackbeard Castle Old is as close to the original killdevil rum as I have ever tasted. The spiced and flavored rums were good, but the Old really left an impression.
We wondered the grounds took lots of pictures, and headed to the World Amber Museum. On the way we explored three historical houses (Villa Notman, Britannia House, and the Haagensen house). At the bottom of the hill we found the World Amber Museum. I had no idea what to expect really, it seemed such an odd place to have a museum. However it lived up to its name and then some! The museum houses a collection of raw and sculpted amber and had showcased Caribbean amber which is green instead of the honey brown we are used to seeing. The museum terminates in the Amberneers shop where we got to exercise our will power and not buy everything in sight. On our way out we got to see the 16 foot high Amber waterfall.
We ended our day perusing the shops, and taking a ferry back to the ship. After St. Thomas the other islands on our trip had a high standard to meet. We were not disappointed.