About a year and a half ago, we took a Celebrity cruise out of Miami to Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. It was our first trip with Celebrity, and we had such a fantastic experience it inspired us (or the drinks did) to book our next cruise on board to Alaska later that summer. In addition to everything the amazing ship had to offer, in our ports I had the best Mofongo at Cafe Puerto Rico, visited Blackbeard’s Castle on St. Thomas, and spent the afternoon watching planes land on Maho Beach. As Hurricane Irma bears down on all those islands today, I can only hope that the damage is not too devastating. I’ve had to write about hurricanes all too much recently.
Irma’s eventual path is still subject to change, of course, so I’m hoping that Florida might avoid a direct hit. I’ve come to love Miami and Ft. Lauderdale over the course of my annual work trips, and I have family living closer to Tampa who would also be affected by a direct hit. During Harvey, I exclusively followed Space City Weather for their non-hype forecasts and updates. While they are Houston-based weather reporting, they received enough inquiries on Irma to provide some forecasting. As of now, they have given the “near-miss” scenario a 50% chance (up from 30% yesterday), so I’m hoping that trend continues.
Until then, I’ll leave you with the gorgeous view of St. Thomas from Blackbeard’s Castle. It was a bit of a trek from the cruise port terminal to the top, involving a wrong turn, angry chickens, and cutting through someone’s backyard, but the destination was worth the work. They usually always are.