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When I travel, I take a lot of pictures. With a digital camera it is easy and inexpensive to do. On our last 8 day cruise I took hundreds of pictures, plus some digital video. One guy I am aquainted with Jason aka Gatorclaw, used Sony Vegas Movie Studio to put all of his pictures and video clips combined with music into a cool video. I want to do the same. So I ordered Sony Vegas Movie Studio.
All of the reviews I have read about Sony Vegas Movie Studio have been very good. They say it is solid, and easy to use. I have used Pinnacle Studio 9, but find it awkward. Some of the reviews mentioned this software and said they had the same experience. So I am expecting good things from Sony Vegas Movie Studio!
I will probably do something much more simple to start off with. Jason does a ton a special effects, and they are great. I might try a few of them. But I don’t want to be tied to my computer for months doing a video of an 8 day cruise. By the end, I would be sick of the thing, and never want to watch it. But the software will be fun to play with. And once I figure out how to do various tricks, it should hopefully be easy to repeat them in the future.
I think the formula for a fun video slide show would be to use good music that reflects the feel that you want. Probably Caribbean oriented music will be good. Party music, etc. Sequence the pictures to tell a story. Blend in just enough subtle special effects to keep the pictures from becoming static. Add some text to help narrate the story. For an outstanding example of what I am talking about, check out Jason’s latest video Islands Of Liberty.

St. Thomas is one of the main ports of call for Eastern Caribbean cruises? Why? Because it is awesome! It is one of my favorite Caribbean islands. If you want to do some shopping in the Caribbean, there is literally no better place to do it than in St. Thomas! You will find deals on watches, cameras, china, jewelry, etc! If you think you might find a better deal on the next island, think again. This is the place to do your shopping!
Besides shopping, St. Thomas has many beautiful beaches. And the island of St. John is just a short ferry ride away. Trunk Bay in St. John is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
We have been to St. Thomas twice. In the first trip, we spent some time in Charlotte Amalie shopping, then spent took a cab to Saphire beach where we spent the rest of the day. On the second trip, we took the ferry to St John, and snorkelled in Trunk Bay. We also managed to spend some time shopping back on St. Thomas.

Here are the ones listed in the Carnival shore excursions book. Not all excursions will be available for every cruise, or during every time of year. Other cruise lines probably offer the same or similar excursions.
Excursions can either be booked through the cruise lines ahead of time, or while on ship. Booking the excursions directly with the operators is also an option. This can save you money, but involves risk if there is a problem.

A Journey Through Paradise (3.5 hours + 2 hours shopping)
Travel around the island in a open-air bus.
Atlantis Submarine (2 hours)
Dive to a depth of 90 feet to a coral garden.
Best Of St. Thomas Island Tour (2.5 hours)
Bike & Beach Adventure (3.5 hours)
Bob Underwater Adventure (3.5 hours)
Explore the ocean bottom in a “BOB” (Breathing Observation Bubble)underwater motor scooter.
Captain Nautica’s Ultimate Snorkel Expedition (3.5 hours)
Castaway Barefoot Sail & Snorkel To Shipwreck Cove (3 hours)
Certified Scuba Scooter Adventure (3 hours)
Coral World (3 hours)
Coral World is a landscaped park at Coki beach. Includes 50,000 gallon predator tank.
Discover Scuba Adventure (3 hours)
Try scuba diving without being certified.
Downtown Shopping & Beach Getaway (5 hours)
Five Star Certified Dive (3 hours)
Five Star St. John & Trunk Bay (4 hours)
Helmet Dive At Coral World Ocean Park (3 hours)
Walk along the ocean bottom wearing a diving helmet.
Historical Blackbeard’s Hill & Recommended Shopping Tour (4 hours)
Island & Catamaran Sailing Experience (3.5 hours)
Kayak, Hike & Snorkel (4 hours)
Magen’s Bay & Paradise Point (3.5 hours)
Mini Boats & Hidden Beaches (3.5-4 hours)
Scenic Pirates Paradise & Recommended Shopping (4-6 hours)
Sea Blaster Speedboat & Snorkel Tour (3 hours)
St. John Champagne Catamaran Sailaway (4.5 hours)
St. John Island Tour (4.5 hours)
St. John Trunk Bay Beach & Snorkel (4.5 hours)
St. Thomas Island & Coki Beach (3 hours)
St. Thomas Island Tour (2 hours)
St. Thomas Shopping Tour (3.5 hours)
St. Thomas Skyride To Paradise Point
St. Thomas Snorkel & Beach Adventure (3 hours)
St. Thomas Snuba (3 hours)
Snuba is a cross between snorkeling and scuba that allows to stay down longer as you breathe through a hose.
Twilight Snorkel & Semi-Sub Adventure (2.5 hours)
Ultimate Island Experience (4-6 hours)
Mahogany Run Golf Course




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