Okay, okay so Paradise Point in St Thomas might be one of those tacky tourist traps, but we wanted to go anyway. I signed on to the ship July 18th and Paradise Point has been closed up until now. So this was the first chance we had to see what it was like.
First off, it's expensive. $21.00 per person. Lucky for us there is crew discount which made it much much much more affordable. I think I might have baulked if I'd had to pay the full $21.00. Or maybe not. The whole point of working on a cruise ship was to travel, see the sights and enjoy myself.
Anyway we waited maybe a whole 5 minutes for the cable car to arrive. There was only two other people waiting to board so Victoria, Jorge and I and a car to ourselves. The ride up takes about 45 minutes and the views are spectacular.
There is a a lot of construction happening at the top of the tramway, so the nature trails etc are all closed. However the lookout is what you go up for and it was open. We took all the requisite tourist photos and then some. Three people, three cameras, three smart phones. That's a lot of photos.
At the top there isn't really much other than the view. A few souvenir shops that carry the same stuff you can get anywhere and a restaurant that only accepts cash (no cards) but there is no ATM to get cash. The menu is limited - very. No more than 6 items. And they were expensive. We didn't eat. But they do have free wifi. Very important to facebook starved ship crew.
We decided to drink instead. That's a wise decision when it's 40c out! But Paradise Point is famous for it's Bushwacker.
Depending on who you talk to or what you read the Bushwacker was first served in St Thomas or Florida. I'm going with St Thomas purely because it suits me and I'm in St Thomas, not Florida!
The bushwacker looks like a chocolate milkshake but holy cow is it way more potent! Basically it consists of rum, vodka, Bailey's, Kahlua, Amaretto, Creme de Cacao, crushed ice and nutmeg. Very very tasty. I'd go back for another.