Advantages of skipping the cruise excursion
Favorite thing: Since we are no longer novice cruisers, we book all of our excursions independent of the ship. The benefits differ from port to port but in the case I found the benefits to be:
a) Lower cost, I don't remember the exact cost of the ship's excursion but it was more than Tortola Charters which was $55, we did the trip for $41 ($38 for Speedy's, $3 admission)
b) time of excursion, 4 hours if you did the Princess tour, we left at 9am and returned at 3:15 giving us an extra 2 1/4 hours at the Baths and we could have stayed even later
c) crowds, we heard reports of having to wait to walk between Spring and Devil's Bay, we encountered only a couple of people
d) the ship tour was identical to our tour but more expensive, they had transportation by Speedy's just like we did although Princess did have a boat dedicated to them
Going to Church
Favorite thing: Those who are Christians or to say that they are born again, Jubilee Faith Center is a place where one word from God can change your life forever. Pastored by Frankie Rathanum and his lovely wife Sherril Rathanum.
On Sunday there are two sevices in the morning. One at 8:00am and one at 10:30am. on Wednsday night there is a midweek service to refresh your spirit and on Fridays there is youth meeting for the younger generation.
Fondest memory: everything!!!!!!!!!!!!!
going to church
hearing the word of God
and much much more!!!!!!!!!
Odds & Ends
Favorite thing: Some information which may be useful to the day traveler or those planning on a longer stay:
The official language of the British Virgin Islands is English although some native islanders do have a "Caribbean" type of accent.
The official currency is the U.S. Dollar.
The climate is sub-tropical. Pack light-weight, casual clothing!
There are anywhere from 30 to 60 British Virgin Islands according to some counts, but the major islands are Tortola, Anegada, Virgin Gorda, and Jost Van Dyke. The capital is Road Town on Tortola, which faces Drake's Channel and Peter Island, sometimes known as "Amway" island because the people who own it made their fortune creating/selling Amway products.
The island music is played by "fungie bands.
The BVI became a British Colony in 1872.
The first cruise ship arrived in 1960!!
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