Antigua is the first stop, and after so many days at sea most everyone on the ship is ready for some time ashore. Most of the activities / excursions on the island involve sitting on a beach or taking a catamaran and snorkeling. These are not activities high on William's to-do list, and I'm okay with that.
We get a map of the town. In addition to the requisite duty free shops at the port the map shows a museum and a historical church a few blocks into town. There should also be some local shopping, so those activities plus some e-mail time sound good to us. Well.... It's Sunday. The stores are closed. The museum is closed. We arrive at the historical church (which is not used and in need of significant renovations) just as the caretaker is closing the gates to the churchyard. He mumbles a bit about the last people not donating, so we persuade him (cash in hand) to allow us in for a few minutes. The exterior of the church and the graveyard are interesting and could be quite nice if they are renovated. Around here I would guess that would take 50 years!
Our last Caribbean stop is St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. It is already 86 Fahrenheit with 95% humidity as we take a shuttle into downtown. We are disappointed to find that the downtown seems to consist 50% of jewelry shops, 25% liquor shops, 15% tourist junk shops and 10% restaurants/bars. We check out the price of one of our favorite whisky's and it is the same price(before tax) as what we can get at the liquor store near our home. Hardly worth hauling it home to save $6. We decide to walk along the seafront and are treated to a seaplane landing in the bay.