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  1. The BVI hasn't been allowing day trips from St Thomas, so they don't seem to have protocols for ship day trippers, either.
  2. Skeptical person here... 1. How do they know that everyone was vaccinated if the card is as easy to forge as they say it is and there is no national/digital database? 2. If the incubation period for Covid is up to 14 days, how does testing 72 hours ahead help? The pair tested negative 3 days (?) before departure and tested positive 8 days later(check my math, but I think it's within the 14 days). Am I missing something?
  3. The CDC does not have much pull in many cruise destinations. The various islands and countries will determine their own requirements.
  4. Currently there aren't any large "resorts" (hotels) on St Thomas. Frenchman's Reef/MorningStar and Sugar Bay are still not open post Irma. Even before Irma, there weren't any day passes. Most of the beachside facilities are condo associations that have differing rules. Emerald Beach, Sapphire, Magens Bay, Coki Point Beach will rent you lounge chairs, have bathrooms, and have food and drink available.
  5. LewiLewi: The airport isn't far from the area where Windstar docks. I can't remember exactly how long it took us, but less than 30 minutes, I think. You have to know the correct dock, as there are several along the Lisbon waterfront.
  6. I'm not sure if the excursion requirement is for Windstar guests or for the local population. Some destinations would like to limit contact between their people and outsiders. Look at the hoops the BVI currently require one to jump through. The vaccination rate is not great in many places.
  7. Local foods include: boiled or fried (whole) fish. Stewed or curried chicken, mutton, conch. Caribbean lobster (no claws). Oxtail.Souse. Soups- chicken, red pea, kallaloo. Saltfish. Side dishes include: plantain, fungi, macaroni and cheese, peas and rice, potato stuffing. Johnny cake. Jerk chicken is not a Virgin Islands dish. I know I forgot some, but that's at least a start.😉
  8. The head of Biden's Heath Equity Task Force is from St Thomas, so I suspect there were some special favors. Also, it's a small population compared to many places.
  9. You might want to wait until cruises are actually underway. There is no way right now to know how excursions could be different post-covid.
  10. I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but just because Windstar requires a vaccine, that doesn't mean your destination is going to allow you free access. It's all speculation at this point.
  11. I am afraid that all cruise ships will require oversight of their passengers on shore. This will enhance their onboard revenue (they will sell everything you can buy on shore, keep you at the bar longer, etc.) and will kill the local economies. Some of the lines have been waiting for this to happen.
  12. Well, it looks like Carnival is going to require guests to take their excursions only, once cruising starts up again. I suspect all lines will have this requirement. No self-tours will kill a lot of Caribbean economies, where small businesses are the mainstay.
  13. If you are asking about COVID restrictions, I don't think they are clear yet. There was a big brouhaha early on when a tour operator proposed closing off a section of Magens Bay beach for cruise ship passengers They were to be taken from the ship directly to the cordoned off area and were to have no contact with locals. St Thomians were not pleased... Since there haven't been any ships since last year, who knows what will occur when they return.
  14. Nate: The day sail business has boomed over the past several years. And currently, because the BVI have been closed, they are really in demand. Do you want a sail or power boat? You can Google "day sail St Thomas" and get an idea of the kinds of boats available. There are small boats like https://crewzenvi.com/, larger ones like https://stormypirates.com. Then there are sail boats like https://www.sailingvirginislands.net/.
  15. Royal Caribbean is a mass market ship. Windstar is a boutique line. I guess it depends what your definition of luxury is. 😉
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