I had a hard time falling asleep last night because I was so excited for our port stop today. We slept in late a bit since we didn’t dock until noon and then we headed off to the excursion that was organized for us – it included a mini-tour of the island and then transportation to and from the Pandora shops.
We drove by Blackbeard’s Castle, a botanical garden, and Magens Bay Beach which is ranked in the top 10 beaches around the world by National Geographic. The water is a-ma-zing; it’s a gorgeous and clear deep turquoise color. Exactly the same as the new Pandora teal fascinating Murano that I can’t wait to buy! It’ll be a perfect memento for this wonderful trip.
By the time we got to the Pandora store, I was sweaty, hot, and tired but I perked right up once we went inside. There are 2 Concept stores and a number of shop-in-shops. They were ready for us, but it was packed! I got [almost] everything I wanted and then some. I found a few retired pieces that I could not pass up; the wide and narrow charm, Gemini symbol, love t-shirt, and a gold lovepod spacer which is simply divine. We went to 5 separate stores and they were all very nice and friendly. I especially liked that they had things for us to buy, lol. Some of the stores even had specially engraved “St. Thomas” charms, including the turquoise stars Muranos, light blue looking glass, treasure chest, and the cruise ship. The sales associates didn’t really show those off so a lot of the women didn’t even get to buy one. No luck on getting the summer collection, but I wasn’t expecting to so no biggie.
It wasn’t until we were heading back to the ship that I realized how much my feet hurt. We sailed off around 7 so it was just a short stop. Tomorrow we’re going to St. Martin/St. Maarten and more Pandora shopping! I’m hoping they have more retired pieces, it’s the best feeling to find charms that are no longer available. It changes a bead that you didn’t even think you wanted to a must have. 😀