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US Airways to Launch New Charlotte-St. Thomas Service
US Airways will add St. Thomas to its growing Charlotte, N.C.-Caribbean non-stop route network on November 12, 2000. From Charlotte, the flight will depart daily at 11:20 a.m., and will arrive in St. Thomas at 4:04 p.m. The return flight will include a stop in San Juan, PR. US Airways also provides non-stop service from Philadelphia to St. Thomas, continuing to St. Croix. For more information about fares and flights, call US Airways at (800) 428-4322, or visit the US Airways' Web site at www.usairways.com.
Divi Carina Bay Casino Adds New Routes and Times to Free Shuttle Service
St. Croix's Divi Carina Bay Casino, the territory's first casino, recently added two new routes to its popular shuttle service. The first new route starts at Hibiscus Beach Hotel in La Grande Princess and continues to Cormorant Beach Club, Mill Harbour, Colony Cove, Sugar Beach, Club St. Croix and the Christiansted Wharf before arriving at the casino. The second new route begins at the Christiansted Wharf and stops for passengers at Cheeseburgers in Paradise, Tamarind Reef Hotel and Chenay Bay Beach Resort before arriving at the casino. Both shuttles are available Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. The shuttles return at 11 p.m., midnight and 1 a.m. Visitors staying on the north and west ends of St. Croix can also take advantage of the added Frederiksted and Christiansted shuttles now operating on Fridays, in addition to the current Monday and Wednesday schedule from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The casino is open for gaming Sunday through Thursday from noon to 4 a.m. and Friday, Saturday and holidays from noon to 6 a.m. More details are available by calling (340) 773-9700 or visiting the Web site at www.carinabay.com.
Renowned Glass Artists Conduct Free Demonstrations at Maho Bay Camps
Now through August 15, four renowned glass artists from Urban Glass, the first and largest not-for-profit international center for the creation of new art made from glass, will conduct demonstrations at the world-renowned ecotourism resort Maho Bay Camps on St. John. The craft pieces are made from recycled glass through glass blowing, molding and casting methods. Demonstrations are held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For more information, call (800) 392-9004 or (340) 776-6240.
Experience "Kosmic Bowling" at New St. Thomas Bowling Alley
Children and adults of all ages are sure to enjoy the new state-of-the-art bowling alley and youth center that recently opened on St. Thomas. The six-lane bowling alley boasts computerized screens, surround-sound music, a full concession area, a family arcade, billiard rooms, professional bowling clinics, an on-site pro shop and more. Visitors can also experience the fun of "Kosmic Bowling," bowling in the dark with black lighting and glow-in-the-dark pins. The facility is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more details, call the V.I. Christian Ministries Youth Center at (340) 714-3071.
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Jazz and Food Festival Coming to St. Thomas
The Mobile Food Vendors Association will hold a jazz and food festival from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, August 5, in Emancipation Garden on St. Thomas. Visitors can sample local West Indian cuisine and American fare while listening to the sounds of the RC and Company jazz band. The festival involves local vendors promoting local business, culture and entertainment. More details are available by calling (340) 776-0778.
New Bed & Breakfast Opens on St. Thomas
The Crystal Palace, a new bed & breakfast, recently opened on St. Thomas. Located in the heart of St. Thomas' historic district, the quaint small inn boasts eclectic mahogany and fruit wood furniture, traditional West Indian architectural details including tray ceilings, wrought iron gates, hardwood floors, chandeliers and Morocco tiles. Selected paintings from a collection of period and contemporary island art complete the decor. A massive interior staircase leads down to four large guestrooms. Three rooms with twin beds share a bath and the fourth has a double bed and an enormous tiled bath. The communal area, located between guestrooms, includes a small refrigerator and microwave for preparing light snacks. Effective April 15 through December 15, 2000, nightly rates range from $55 to $80 per person. Effective December 16, 2000, through April 14, 2001, nightly rates range from $75 to $100 per person. A continental breakfast is provided daily. Guests who book six nights will receive the seventh night free. For reservations or more information about The Crystal Palace, call (340) 777-2277, or email inquiries to CrystalPalace@St-Thomas.com.
Wedding Consulting Company Offers Expertise with Caribbean Flair
Weddings the Island Way provides a variety of traditional wedding services with a distinctive island flair. This wedding consulting company offers seven unique wedding packages, all of which include the following amenities: a certified copy of the marriage license sent to the couple; a minister for the ceremony; a wedding coordinator; transportation to and from the wedding site; and a frameable keepsake marriage certificate as a special nuptial memento. The following traditional wedding services are available in variations for several different packages: a tropical bouquet and boutonniere; limousine service; chilled champagne; elegant champagne flutes; professional photography; and videography. Several unique services include: choice of wedding site (on a beach, hillside or at a private villa); traditional West Indian black cake for a wedding cake; live steel pan music; and a helicopter ride to an uninhabited island. Rates range from $375 to $2,800 for standard wedding packages. Custom wedding packages are also available. For more information, call (800) 582-4784 or (340) 777-6505. Also, visit the Web site at www.weddingstheislandway.com.
Renaissance Grand Beach Resort Introduces "All-Inclusive Value Vacations"
The Renaissance Grand Beach Resort, located on St. Thomas, is now offering the "All-Inclusive Value Vacations" package. The "All-Inclusive Value Vacations" package nightly rates are $345 per room from June 1 to December 20, 2000. The package includes: room service (not typically a part of the all-inclusive offerings); deluxe accommodations; all food & beverages at select restaurants, including unlimited house-brand cocktails and wine and beer by the glass; complimentary use of the tennis courts and health club; complimentary non-motorized watersports; and any applicable room taxes and gratuities, all while earning valuable Marriott Rewards points. In addition, up to two children under age 12 stay and eat free when sharing a room with a parent. A minimum five-night stay is required and rates are subject to availability. More information and reservations are available by calling (800) 241-3333 or (340) 775-1510.

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