Anne & Tom's Caribbean Cruise and Sanibel Trip travel blog

Sunrise as we near Our first port of call, St. John USVI

Land Ho

Anne on the tender headed to shore

At the tender dock

We signed up for a watercolor demonstration

The beachside studio


An extensive display of paintings by Elaine Estern


Lucy Portlock guides us through the world of watercolor



Coral with fish!


Lush surroundings



A pirate ship


3/19/2016 St John, USVI

Our first port of call was actually still in the United States - the territory of the Virgin Islands. The ship was anchored out and we took a tender to shore. St. John is mostly a National Park, except for the large resort owned by Laurence Rockefeller who bought the island and donated 2/3 of it to the National Park Services. Our visit took us to Frank Bay and the watercolor studio of Elaine Estern. Coconut Coast Studios has extensive displays of island art and and classes to demonstrate this painting technique. Elaine was out of town on personal business and an able substitute, Lucy Portlock guided us through the world of watercolor in this seaside studio. One technique that she demonstrated was painting fish with a special brush. Anchored just outside was a pirate ship. Lucy commented that the pirate had wenches aboard!

The ship was anchored out from the tiny town of Cruz Bay which did not offer much in the way of shopping, was crowded, and few restaurants were open for lunch, so we went back to the ship after the watercolor class. There was a gorgeous sunset that night.

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