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Charlotte Amalie from Skyline Lookout

Land! I was up on deck to spot the first sight of the Virgin Islands at 8:30 a.m. Off to starboard--Savana Island perhaps. Whatever it was, it was shrouded in mist. I hopped this did not bode ill for weather this day. Soon, I sighted the western tip of St. Thomas to port.  

Carnival Glory slid gently up to the wharf. Arriving in the U.S. Virgin Islands, we had to clear U.S. Customs first. There was a long line for processing, but soon we were on the dock. We had agin booked a Carnival tour that would include sightseeing and end in the center of Charlotte Amalie. We found our tour leader among all that were assembled. Carnival Liberty was also in port that day. (It was also off-season in St.

Magens Bay
Thomas. In the winter, there are often six to eight cruise ships in port we were told.)

Tour vehicles were pickup trucks with five bench seats installed in the bed. Traffic moves to the left here, though the vehicles all have standard American left-hand drive. The roads are steep, all hugging the mountains risng out of sea.

The tour began with a visit to three hillside lookouts. At Beacon Point there was a nice view towards St. John. Skyline Lookout offered a scenic overlook of Charlotte Amalie and the Havensight dock area. The old watchtowers now known as Blackbeard's Castle and Bluebeard's Castle could both be seen.

From Skyline Lookout, it was off to the opposite side of the island to Drake's Seat. Supposedly, Sir Francis Drake sat here watching for Spaniards. If he did, he had a beautiful view, as the lookout here is over Magens Bay and Magens Bay Beach. We returned to Charlotte Amalie and Blackbeard's Castle to begin a walking tour.

 

mswim says:
I almost forgot about Drake's Seat until you mentioned I read it here. You're right about the views from that old green bench, they are fantastic. I stood on the bench and was able to get some great shots of the bay.
Posted on: Oct 13, 2007
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