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SeaDream I Cruise of the Eastern Caribbean


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SeaDream I Caribbean Cruise -- St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI

The harbor at Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands as seen from Havensight Pier

Photo (c) 2005 Linda Garrison
Our SeaDream I Caribbean cruise itinerary might be called an "almost" all saints cruise, with St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. Barths, and St. Martin among the ports of call.

The SeaDream I embarked from Havensight Pier, just a short taxi ride from downtown Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas.

We sailed roundtrip for seven days from Charlotte Amalie and docked at Havensight Pier, which is used by most cruise ships. We flew into the St. Thomas airport, and the taxi ride to Havensight was very reasonable since the taxi dispatcher at the airport loaded several of us going to Havensight into the same van, which saved a little money.

Havensight has many of the same stores as downtown Charlotte Amalie. Every time I go to St. Thomas, I can't help but wonder how all of those dozens of jewelry stores can stay in business! There are many jewelers at Havensight, but if you can't find what you want, downtown Charlotte Amalie is only about a $10 taxi ride away.

Shopping is a prime activity in St. Thomas, and the "duty free" goods are very popular. St. Thomas has no customs duties on watches, cameras, perfume, jewelry, liquor, china, or leather goods. U.S. visitors are allowed a duty-free shopping allowance of $1200 - twice the quota of any other Caribbean island and three times that of European countries. In addition to this exemption, shoppers may also mail home to friends and family one gift per day (other than liquor or tobacco) each worth $100 or less.

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