5 Dec 2018
Our next port was Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas. We decided on an historic tour of the city and surrounding area. Its history is steeped in the lore of the age of Caribbean pirates with Black Beard having a castle on the heights above the city. Today it is primarily a tourist destination known for its Danish Colonial architecture. Because of hurricane damage some of the sites were closed for repair but we did get to see the view from Blackbeard’s castle.
Our last stop on the tour proved to be the most interesting, the Pirates Treasure Museum, near the waterfront. It has a fantastic collection of pirate treasure and history. The staff of the museum are the folks who found the ships and the treasure and have a vast knowledge of the exhibits. One member was dressed in a pirate costume I am sure everyone will recognize. We spent as long as we could looking at the exhibits and talking with the staff, until we had to leave to board the ship for departure. This is a must see in Charlotte Amalie.
Our last port was Philipsburg, St Marten. It also has seen heavy damage from the hurricane season, but the waterfront was open for business with some repairs still underway. We just walked some of the shopping streets and enjoyed the scenery for a couple of hours before heading back to the ship.