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bkigar
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Re: One Love / No Love [Re: Amigo]
      #1738400 - 07/12/17 04:01 PM (141.189.251.1)

It's heartbreaking when you finally get back to one of your favorite spots and it's not at all what you hoped for and remember it being. My husband and I were engaged in CGB 28 years ago and went back in May for a 25th wedding anniversary trip. Over the years, our favorite beach bar in the whole world was Stanley's Welcome Bar. Stanley and Cassandra were always so kind and made us feel welcome (always living up to the name!). This trip when we finally got to CGB for our last 3 days of our charter (we always save CGB for last because it's our favorite), we went first thing to Tony's and I tell you what - they could not have cared less if we were there or not. Bartender much more interested in what was happening on his phone than anything else. My husband tried to tell him that we were engaged there 28 years ago and pretty much got a blank stare. Waitress same thing. Tony was walking about but never interacted with any of the customers. Needless to say we moved on after our lunch there and never went back. We did enjoy the staff and vibe at Quito's this trip along with Paradise Club (surprisingly) and had nice breakfasts at Rhymer's - always enjoy the ladies there. Also, we have been back since Stanley's turned into Tony's so I wasn't expecting the exact same Stanley's as back in the tire swing and steel drum days. I know that things change and evolve but I wasn't exaggerating in my first sentence when I said that it was heartbreaking.

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aarpskier
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Re: One Love / No Love [Re: bkigar]
      #1738436 - 07/12/17 11:54 PM (97.91.61.135)

28 years ago, Cane Garden Bay was not regularly inundated by hordes of carted-in cruise ship passengers.



Catering to the masses in hundreds of beach chairs is not conducive to an atmosphere of personal service. When we visited from 1995-2005, CGB was laid-back and great. On every charter since, we have sailed on by and aimed for places cruise ship crowds can't or won't get to. Sad, but it is what it is.


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ScubaDrew
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Re: One Love / No Love [Re: aarpskier]
      #1738479 - 07/13/17 12:49 PM (47.180.86.73)

I was born on St. Thomas in 1979. Wow, how things have changed. The world population keeps growing, but the number of islands stays the same... Last year I stood in LINE for an hour to take a group of first timers through The Baths. I love the VI's but am exploring more remote destinations in order to avoid the crowds.

I've experienced the attitude of many businesses in the VI's decline as they adjust to serving crowds and dealing with the types of people that come with them. One Love, unfortunately, was one of them.


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sailbynight
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Re: One Love / No Love [Re: ScubaDrew]
      #1738782 - 07/17/17 12:21 AM (67.166.30.196)

Is Seddy even lurking around there any more?

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Winterstale
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Re: One Love / No Love [Re: sailbynight]
      #1738786 - 07/17/17 07:24 AM (173.168.122.207)

We've had both good and bad experiences at One Love....it has never really been the same since Raquel left....

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Bridget


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hallucination
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Re: One Love / No Love [Re: Winterstale]
      #1738805 - 07/17/17 11:08 AM (71.121.163.73)

Saw Seddy around the forth. Said hello, got a stare.

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tradewinds
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Re: One Love / No Love [Re: hallucination]
      #1738813 - 07/17/17 11:58 AM (99.82.249.196)

Seddy is there a lot, but you never know which Seddy you're gonna get

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Winterstale
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Re: One Love / No Love [Re: tradewinds]
      #1738815 - 07/17/17 12:00 PM (173.168.122.207)

Quote:

tradewinds said:
Seddy is there a lot, but you never know which Seddy you're gonna get




Yup....that's exactly it!

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Bridget


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sail2wind
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Re: One Love / No Love [Re: Winterstale]
      #1738821 - 07/17/17 01:18 PM (184.166.21.62)

if servers in the U.S. behaved like the BVI servers you would be out of business. As I tell my servers, if you want to be in a bad mood, get a job at a Doctor's office, not a restaurant.

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windward2c
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Re: One Love / No Love [Re: sail2wind]
      #1738934 - 07/18/17 03:17 PM (100.37.235.114)

Honeymoon 26 yrs ago - last trip this past April, coming into Diamond Cay last ball, motor yacht that was at least 1/4 mile behind barrels thru and cuts right in front of me to take it. No not the same...but dropped the hook, made a b line to the B-Line and found a new sliver of happiness. Still: "Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got til its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot"


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