Exploring Magic Ice in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
In August of 2015, Frank and I decided to take a well-needed cruise aboard Carnival Cruise Lines. Our destination was to head for the Caribbean via Puerto Rico. I’d never been to either Puerto Rico or the Caribbean and neither had he, so we were both very excited. One of the ports our cruise ship stopped at was St. Thomas – one of the US Virgin Islands. While there, we discovered Magic Ice, deemed as the World’s Largest Ice Bar & Gallery. It was pretty cool and unlike anything I’ve ever visited before.
We took a taxi from the Cruise Terminal and told the driver we wanted to go to Magic Ice. He knew exactly where to take us. When we walked through the door, we looked around and then paid the cashier for two admissions. If you are on a Carnival Cruise, you can pay with your Ship Card (the ID card they give you upon boarding the ship) and it will be charged to your Carnival account, but we decided to pay with cash. Adults are $21.99 each (including a coupon for a sample of rum) and $13.99 for kids.
Once we paid, we were offered to wear the following: a heavy jacket, a pair of pants, a pair of warm shoes and a pair of gloves. I mean after all, how many of us visiting St. Thomas are going to be dressed for the icy cold temperatures, right? We took them up on the offer of warm clothes.
Now, I am usually a stickler for getting the clearest pictures possible, but that was really a hard thing to get with the lighting inside of the Magic Ice Bar. It had low lighting, but was still beautiful. The different ice sculptures were accentuated by different colors of light.
ABOUT MAGIC ICE, ST. THOMAS, US VIRGIN ISLANDS
Magic Ice is a permanent ice gallery that presents the history of the Caribbean islands. Magic Ice is located in a 10,000 square feet old warehouse, with walls and sculptures made of transparent ice. Large parts of the exhibition emphasize the rich history of the Caribbean, which provides a glimpse into the 18th century lifestyle. You will find sculptures from the “Golden Age of Piracy”, with shipwrecks, lighthouses and animal life, among many other beautiful and historical sculptures made of ice.
At Magic Ice, 16 artists from different parts of the world have created “art below zero.” These are famous artists, not only within the field of ice carving, but also painting, and sculpting in sand and stone. In fact, they’ve taken part in many ice art competitions around the world, receiving several awards. Within Magic Ice, there was a huge ice bar which looked like a shipwreck. It sat in the center of the ice gallery. Music and the glow of candlelight help create the unique magical atmosphere.
At the end of the bar, you’ll find a small slide made of ice. It was pretty crazy crawling up into it to slide down it. Man do you go pretty fast on ice – even if it is for a short distance! Before leaving Magic Ice, Frank and I decided to both buy shot glasses so we would remember this unique experience.
Have you ever visited Magic Ice in St. Thomas?