Sailboats at Long Bay | St. Thomas, USVI

While docked in St. Thomas recently on the Norwegian Getaway, I noticed an enormous number of sailboats all around the area.  Our ship was docked at Havensight, which sits off Long Bay.  The other dock in St. Thomas is Crown Bay, which you can see in the second picture above.  Usually the much larger ships dock there like the Oasis of the Seas or Allure of the Seas, but on this particular day (3/26/14), Carnival Glory and Royal Princess were docked at Crown Bay while Freedom of the Seas, Disney Fantasy, and Norwegian Getaway were docked at Havensight.  

Sailboats weren’t the only vessels at Long Bay.  There were several yachts docked at Long Bay.  Must be nice.  I always try to figure out which billionaire it must belong to and if I might spot them on the yacht, but it never happens.  Sailing by our ship at one point was a Doubloon Pirate Ship, which operates excursions for cruise guests as well as those staying on the island.  “Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me.” 

But back to the sailboats!  Regardless of whether or not you sail, you have to appreciate the beautiful scene in front of you courtesy of these local sailors.  Although no stranger to the water (see my Buck Island Half Day Sail in St. Croix as an example), on this day I decided after a little shopping at Havensight to sit pool side and soak up the sun.  I don’t often get the chance to do absolutely nothing and when an opportunity like this present itself, you have to jump on it.  Any other time I might have been down by the water trying to figure out which one of these sailboats would be taking me somewhere fun.  

Whether you’re experienced with sailing or want someone else to handle all the details, nothing beats a day sail in St. Thomas.  Have you gone sailing in St. Thomas?