Photo Focus: Edging Back to Normal

Celebrity Edge called on Crown Bay, St. Thomas, Tuesday, marking its second stop in the territory since July 7, when it became the first cruise ship to visit the USVI since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020. A total of 1,608 passengers were aboard the vessel – about half its capacity – and 972 crew, according to Capt. Matthew Berry, marine manager of the V.I. Port Authority. Celebrity ships are reporting a 97 percent vaccination rate, said the port’s Public Information Officer Monifa Marrero Brathwaite. More calls are expected in August and September, including by Celebrity Equinox, due to stop at St. Croix on Aug. 18. (Source photo by Sian Cobb)
The USVI flag flies high as a moko jumbie greets passengers disembarking from Celebrity Edge on Tuesday at the Austin “Babe” Monsanto Marine Terminal in Crown Bay on St. Thomas. The ship arrived from Nassau, Bahamas, and will call on St. Maarten on Wednesday before returning to its home port of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Source photo by Sian Cobb)
Safari buses await cruise ship passengers on Tuesday at the entrance to Crown Bay Center on St. Thomas. (Source photo by Sian Cobb)
An unofficial ambassador – an iguana – catches the attention of passengers from Celebrity Edge, which called Tuesday on St. Thomas. (Source photo by Sian Cobb)