St. Thomas – One of My Favorite Ports

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Disney Cruises have so many wonderful ports in which they stop, but while on an Eastern Caribbean Cruise, St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands is one of my favorite places to visit.

This first view you will see of St. Thomas, is right from the tour books.  The way the homes are stacked on the mountain side, the beauty of the landscape, harbor, everything it has to offer definitely makes an impact to want you to come back for more.

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Once off the ship, you can browse in one of hundreds of small shops located right there off the pier.  Many restaurants are located in this same area as well.  A quick 5 minute cab ride or 20 minute walk will take you around the bay to the Charlotte Amalie, for more shopping and exploring.  I was very impressed to see how clean and welcoming the streets and stores were in this area.  There is so much to choose from, you don’t know where to begin.  Of course, Disney offers their advice on the premier places to shop, where the best deals of the day can be found and where their shopping guides can be found throughout the day as well to help you with a purchase if needed. And often times on the main corner will be a craft fair where you can stumble upon arts and crafts made and sold by the locals, such as pottery, baskets and jewelry.

If shopping isn’t on your list of things to do while here, there are so many things you can do as well.  We have taken a tour-guided tour several times of the island, each seeing something new and learning more great facts about the island and its culture.  There is Blackbeard’s Castle, Fort Christian, Seven Arches Museum.  Or, maybe enjoying the beach of famous Magens Bay or stop by the Butterfly Farm or Coral World.

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The overall beauty and friendliness of the locals here in St. Thomas is definitely something that makes me always want to return.

If you’d like more information on this port or any other offered with Disney Cruise Line, feel free to contact me for more information.  I would love to help with the planning of your next vacation, whether a Disney Cruise, trip to the parks or any destination of your choice;  contact me for a variety of services I can offer to you at no charge.  You can email me at cindy@travelwiththemagic.com .  You can also follow me on Facebook.

Discovery Cove

Are you looking for a tropical island paradise that is located just a few miles from your hotel?  Look no further than Discovery Cove, located in Orlando, Florida.  Discovery Cove offers an interactive adventure that will thrill both young and old with lush scenery, beautiful beaches, and one-of-a-kind interactions with tropical wildlife.

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            Discovery Cove is an all inclusive experience.  For the cost of $199-$319 per person, visitors will receive unlimited snorkeling with tropical fish, swimming with stingrays, and the ultimate experience of a thirty minute swim with the dolphins.  Also included in the cost are locker rental, wetsuits, towels, swim mask, sunscreen, beach chairs, parking, and food, drinks, and snacks for your entire visit.  As an additional bonus, the Discovery Cove ticket also gives you unlimited admission to Sea World for up to fourteen days!  Visitors receive an incredible array of experiences and amenities with the single cost of admission to Discovery Cove.

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            What can you expect during this exciting experience?  Visitors can anticipate a truly immersive experience that feels like a private tropical island.  Sand, palm trees, exotic birds, and beautiful ocean creatures will surround you.  Resverations are not required, but are recommended to help maximize experience.  Guest should plan to arrive early, as reservations for swim times are assigned on a first come, first serve basis.  Arrival at 8:00 a.m. will insure a good choice of possible swim times.  Swims are done in groups of eight, so if your party is larger than this, it may be necessary to divide into two groups.  While resting and relaxing between tropical adventures, visitors can enjoy a wonderful selection of food and beverages.  Breakfast offerings include eggs, bacon, sausage, french toast, potatoes, biscuits, cereal, croissants, juice, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.  The lunch menu features spaghetti, fresh fish, jambalaya, burgers, hot dogs, chicken fingers, french fries, and corn on the cob.  Snacks are available throughout the day and include chips, hot pretzels, cookies, icees, fresh fruit, soda, and beer.  All of these amazing food choices are included in your ticket cost.

            There are a few options available for an additional charge to enhance your experience.  Private cabanas are available for approximately $229 for the day.  Included in your cabana rental is an underwater camera, t-shirt, stuffed toy, themed buoy handed to you by a dolphin, and a discount on the photo package.  There are only thirteen cabanas available, so booking in advance is wise.  Cabanas can be booked three weeks prior to your scheduled visit.  Photo packages are also available for an additional charge.  Packages range from $69-$219, and can help capture your memories so that you can enjoy them for years to come.

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            Is Discovery Cove worth it?  Speaking from experience, I can say that Discovery Cove was an amazing experience.  Swimming with the tropical fish and stingrays was incredible, and the encounter with the dolphins was more rewarding than I ever thought it could be.  The dolphins have so much personality and character, it was truly amazing to interact with them.  The park itself was breathtakingly beautiful, and the food was delicious.  I would have to say that our day at Discovery Cove was one of our best family memories, and one that we would definitely enjoy experiencing again.  Discovery Cove is a truly unique experience and one that everyone should consider when vacationing in Orlando.

Contact me Tammy Cain at TammyC@Travelwiththemagic.com or you can call me at 1- 800-670-4312 ext 137 for your next magical vacation.