This trip report is from our recent cruise onboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, departing from Port Canaveral on the Eastern Caribbean itinerary. We stopped in Nassau, Bahamas, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. We had 7 days of sun-filled fun and I hope you enjoy reading all about our adventures!
Day 4 brought us to St. Thomas! It’s so exciting waking up and rushing out to the balcony to see if you’re near anything fun. So far, I could just see some smaller islands in the distance that made for pretty pictures.
It was an absolute gorgeous day! Just look at how the sun is glistening on the deep blue ocean. Perfection.
I can’t even remember where we ate breakfast…probably the Windjammer. I need to start writing this stuff down, or take more photos. There would be a few other boats in port, and there are two separate port areas in St. Thomas.
We booked a beach excursion to Sapphire Beach with the entire family through Royal Caribbean, so we all headed out to meet at our designated spot.
Christmas in the Caribbean…I could get used to this!
We just missed the first bus to head to the beach, so we had to wait about 10 extra minutes. Grr…that could have been 10 minutes on the beach and not standing in line.
Oh well, we don’t look too sad, right?
The ride was about 20 minutes and was very scenic, with random spurts of traffic and city. We drove by the the other port with three other cruise ships…it was a busy day in port!
The Sapphire Beach excursion was basically us paying for access to this resort. The resort grounds look quite beaten down, but there were signs saying to please excuse their construction…I wonder how long the signs have been there.
As soon as we arrived, we were greeted by free roaming lizards! This was the biggest one we saw.
Sapphire Beach was really pretty with such a gorgeous view!
It was a small little strip of beach but not crowded at all. We grabbed some loungers, snorkel gear, our free drinks that came with the excursion and lunch from the grill (hot dogs and chips).
The water is so darn clear…you could see everything no matter where you were standing. It felt nice knowing if there was anything by your feet. 🙂
Trent came out in the water once, but mostly just had a blast hanging out on the beach, playing with sand and running through waves.
You ever have those days when the the kids are having so much fun, running around and playing, and you’re like “Oh yeah, you are going to sleep early and good tonight!!”
Happy 10 years to us.
The other free roaming animals on the island…chickens.
We were there for about 3 hours and that was just enough time. Another scenic route back to the boat. It was very hilly and I loved how there would be a bunch of trees and then a random opening, giving you the most perfect view.
We stopped at a lookout area overlooking one of the ports. It was absolutely stunning.
Don’t let go of me, Ma!
There was a steel drum player there, so Nana gave him a tip and he let Trent play for a couple of minutes. He started playing Under the Sea, so now whenever Trent hears a steel drum, he says “It’s Under the Sea!!” – which is more often than you would think so the nice man gave Trent one of his cds and Trent asks to play it every so often.
I don’t want to leave…
Back to our floating home…
Due to having to cancel earlier shows, they added a new Aquatheater show just when we were getting back on the ship, so we headed there just before it started, showed our Suite SeaPass card, and had a nice front and center seat. Having pre-reserved seating at the shows is definitely my favorite suite perk!
The show was so fun and unique. It had diving (of course), acrobatics, and synchronized swimming. The kids were completely captivated the entire time.
After the show, we headed back to our room to get ready for dinner and to watch us sail away from the balcony.
We were ready for dinner a little early, so we wandered through the shops and also took some photos in the Royal Promenade.
I tried to get a selfie in the fancy mirror outside the main dining room, but afterward I noticed all the fingerprints smudges on it. Don’t look at those, ok?
Shrimp cocktail on the menu means two shrimp cocktails coming my way!
I love how the waiters get to know you and memorize your likes and requests. Trent is a chocolate milk-aholic and every night, we would show up to our table to see 3 chocolate milks for Trent, along with fruit bowls for both kids. He would drink two during dinner and then we would bring one back for our fridge for him to have that night or in the morning.
Tonight, I couldn’t decide which main dish I wanted, so I asked for 1 full dish (mushroom risotto, so darn yummy!)…
…and just the main part of another dish (short ribs, no mashed potatoes or veggies).
It made the perfect combo and was one of my favorite meals of the trip!
This was some sort of strawberry/lemon creme.
The kids both got a plate of cookies and Aubrey insisted on sharing…and I am never one to turn down a chocolate chip cookie. Never.
Trent had been asking to go to the hot tub all night, so Brett took him for a little bit while I got Aubrey ready for bed. He liked it because he thought the kids pool was too cold and he could touch and didn’t need a life vest to be in it.
That’s it for day 4! Thanks for reading and stay tuned for Day 5, where we will be heading to St. Maarten!