Continued from part one.
Our first port stop was St. Thomas. Last year in St. Thomas we found a great jewelry repair shop so my wife pulled together all her jewelry that needed some form of repair and brought it with us. After a quick breakfast on the Lido deck we headed downtown to K & M Jewelry Repair, located in Drakes Passage. We dropped off a number of pieces and gave them our cell phone numbers to call us when they were ready for pickup. That left us free for the rest of the port stop, which we mostly spent shopping. With my wife's birthday being in October, and our wedding anniversary in January, she generally picks out her birthday, Christmas and anniversary presents while on our fall cruise. It costs me more money, but a lot less hassle in shopping!
After shopping, we stopped for lunch at The Greenhouse Restaurant. They have very good food, a great atmosphere, and free Wi-Fi. We were able to check our email while eating lunch, without dealing with the very poor internet service on board the Valor. They have a sister restaurant in St. Maarten which we stopped at last year. While we were eating we were called by the jewelry repair shop to let us know that our items were ready for pickup. When finished, we went and picked up the jewelry, with the cost of repairs being under $100.00.
We had intended to finally ride the aerial tram to Paradise Point on this trip, having passed it up on all of the many times we have been to St. Thomas before. Unfortunately, it closed for renovations earlier this year, and as of our visit, still had not reopened. Instead, we stopped at the Butterfly Garden which is adjacent to the cruise dock. While it is not very big, it is very interesting. The slide show accompanying this article shows you some of the many butterflies we saw.
After the visit to the Butterfly Garden, it was back to the ship. We had dinner in the main dining room and then went to the Welcome Aboard show. Normally this show is held the first night of the cruise, but since the Carnival Valor sails so late, there is no show on the actual first night.
Part three of this review will cover the one and only sea day of this itinerary.