Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Celebrity Eclipse not allowed to dock in the port of St. Thomas

We arrive as scheduled at St. Thomas, the capital of the US Virgin Islands. The Celebrity Eclipse reduces speed before approaching the island and seems to turn into the other direction. Another cruise ship is docked in our spot and in other places is the water not deep enough for the Celebrity Eclipse. This seems to be a mistake from the port authorities. As a consequence, the captain decided to disembark all passengers via a tender service using the life boats. Many people were moaning but without reason because Celebrity came up with an efficient solution given the circumstances.

There were three cruise ships in the port: the Carnival Dream, the Celebrity Eclipse and the Disney Fantasy. With the sailing boats, the occasional water plane and all our life boats, there was quiet some traffic in the bay. What is your favourite picture of the bay? The canons with the cruise ships in the background or the sailing boats in front of the hills.

Op de vooropgestelde tijd kwamen we aan op St. Thomas, de hoofdstad van de Maagdeneilanden. De Celebrity Eclipse verlaagde haar snelheid en leek terug te draaien weg van het eiland. Een ander cruise schip lag op onze aanlegkaai en de andere plaatsen waren te ondiep voor ons. Dit lijkt een fout van de havenautoriteiten. In deze omstandigheden besloot de kapitein alle passagiers aan land te brengen met reddingsboten. Vele mensen klaagden onterecht want de kapitein kwam hier toch met een efficiënte oplossing om toch aan wal te kunnen gaan. 

Er waren drie cruise schepen in de haven: de Carnival Dream, de Celebrity Eclipse en de Disney Fantasy. Met de zeilbootjes, af en toe een watervliegtuig en al onze reddingsboten werd het druk in de baai. Wat is je favoriete foto van de havenbaai? De kanonnen samen met de cruiseschepen of de zeilbootjes voor de heuvels van St. Thomas.. 
 
St. Thomas Port

St. Thomas Port

St. Thomas Port

St. Thomas Port

St. Thomas Port

St. Thomas Port

St. Thomas Port

St. Thomas Port

St. Thomas Port

St. Thomas Port

St. Thomas Port

Previous St. Thomas article: Lutheran church on Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

Previous Cruise article: Brunch in the Moonlight Sonata restaurant of Celebrity Eclispe

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21 comments:

  1. die cruiseschepen zijn wel bijzonder indrukwekkend ...

    je zou er bijna de prachtige natuur bij vergeten

    groeten

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  2. Als ik 'moet' kiezen, Filip... 'k Vind het doorkijkje heel mooi, zo'n machtig groot schip tussen het groen...
    Kanonnen zijn echt niet aan mij besteed...
    Lie(f)s.

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  3. Your trip is just awesome. So are the photos. I would not complain anything and swim to get to St. Thomas :-)
    Happy New Year Filip and Kristel !

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  4. Your trip is just awesome. So are the photos. I would not complain anything and swim to get to St. Thomas :-)
    Happy New Year Filip and Kristel !

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  5. My favorite picture is actually the second. The lifeboat departure is totally unacceptable!!! How did handicapped people manage to do this??

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  6. @Ginny

    It was ok. handicapped people could participate. The crew carries the person into the boat and the chair. Service is top priotity for everyone.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  7. Can I pick the stone house? My daughter went on a Disney cruise to a private island before Christmas. She said it was fabulous - my grandson liked it, too! I get too motion sick - would not trust it.

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  8. I like the sailboats in the harbour, but the size of the cruise ships is AMAZING!!!

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  9. Oh I like them all, although the photo with the cannons in it, surely shows the traffic on the water. What beautiful ships!

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  10. Lovely shots of this harbor! and your ship looks so lovely. Love the colors of the Carribean waters. I am joining your blog again. Can you imagine? Somehow your blog just disappeared from my blog roll. I was looking and looking for a post, and there was not one there. Had to go looking for you. Ugh! Computers. Hope that your new year is starting out well, and that 2013 will be an awesome year for you. Looking forward to more of your wonderful travel adventures

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  11. Here i am, your newest member ( once again)

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  12. What a great adventure and huge boats. My favourite picture is the 2nd one.

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  13. Awesome place and your pictures are excellent, so beautiful postcards! :)
    The ship is huge and very elegant!
    Léia

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  14. Leuke serie weer.
    Groetjes, Mirthe

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  15. De zeilbootjes zijn mijn favoriet! Maar het is weer een hele knappe reeks. Jullie komen denk ik niet meer terug.

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  16. the boats are so huge, great there was a quick fix:-)

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  17. The line to wait for a tender to get off the ship is usually very long. I have never seen a tender with 2 decks like the one in your picture. My favorite picture is the one with the sailboats on the bay.

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  18. een geweldig idee van de kapitein jullie met reddingsboten aan wal te brengen.
    Groetjes, Dietmut

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  19. Wat een droomplaatjes. Een flink bootje, is heel wat anders dan de boot naar Texel.

    Cruise gemaakt? Leuk dat de kapitein jullie aan wal brengt met de kleine boot, kan je daar ook genieten.

    Het ziet er zo fantastisch uit daar!! Genieten.

    Gr. Nicole

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