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Thursday
Spanish Virgin Islands Cruise on the Arabella

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The morning fog lets up to a partly cloudy sky. The ship docks at Soper’s Hole, Tortola BVI to clear customs. We have a long wait after standing in line behind a ferry passenger crowd. We arrive at Norman Island by 11am. The ship anchors near the Indians outcropping of rocks. Swimmers swim to the caves. An alternative is the white sandy beach at Pirates Bight. Our rafts are handy. Lying face down we can see in the clear waters as fish swim under us. The bars on shore invite the happy hour bathing suit crowd of drinkers. In the cove the private condo ship “Seadreams Yacht Club” is anchored near us.

A buffet dinner of BBQ chicken, fish and ribs is served at Ivan’s. On the return ride to the ship we pass the “William T. Thorton”, the notorious night time hangout - too early for any action (8:30pm).

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