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jbatl
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October 11, 2011 10:26 pm  

Not sure what to think of this. Has she ever heard of WAPA? Apparently the writer of this article failed to ask.

http://stcroixsource.com/content/news/local-news/2011/10/10/st-thomas-poised-become-true-winter-wonderland


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October 12, 2011 4:30 am  

She has one back home and says the power costs more in Norway?


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October 12, 2011 6:57 am  

Everything costs more in Norway, including salaries (excluding education and medical), so not sure she's comparing apples to apples. Does anyone know what the ticket will cost? It's certainly a novel idea, so maybe it will work, but I sure wouldn't be a stock holder!!

I can just hear cruise ship passengers....I just left 10 below zero...not going to pay $$ to go through an ice house!...Where's the booze cruise??


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October 12, 2011 11:51 am  

But Ronnie, it doesn't take as much power to get from -3 below to -4 below as it does from 80 to -4!:P


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October 12, 2011 12:12 pm  

Everything costs more in Norway, including salaries (excluding education and medical), so not sure she's comparing apples to apples. Does anyone know what the ticket will cost? It's certainly a novel idea, so maybe it will work, but I sure wouldn't be a stock holder!!

I can just hear cruise ship passengers....I just left 10 below zero...not going to pay $$ to go through an ice house!...Where's the booze cruise??

The first thing I think about when I get to the Caribbean is where can I freeze my ass off.


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October 12, 2011 1:09 pm  

Yes EE, when she came before us at the Historic Preservation Commission, it was one of our concerns, and she said she did all of her homework. It sounds like it should be interesting. On a hot day it would be nice to run through there


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October 12, 2011 1:23 pm  

I would definitely visit on a hot, humid day!

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October 12, 2011 1:49 pm  

Correct me if I'm wrong. Isn't she targeting cruise lines? Who wants to escape the frigid weather on a cruise that's in port for one day to go into a frigid tourist attraction? Maybe if you're on island for a week it's a refreshing change from the beaches. I give it six months.


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October 12, 2011 3:20 pm  

Like all new businesses that may be too good to be true, enjoy it whilst it's here as it maybe gone sooner that you think. I do wish her well, however.


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October 12, 2011 3:42 pm  

The real turn on is that they loan you clothing like leggings and other winter apparel to take the frigid tour. So I guess that means if you're not first in line you get to wear the same clothes that 150 sweaty tourists before you wore. Unless they're going to do a wash all day long depending on demand.


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October 12, 2011 3:44 pm  

The real turn on is that they loan you clothing like leggings and other winter apparel to take the frigid tour. So I guess that means if you're not first in line you get to wear the same clothes that 150 sweaty tourists before you wore. Unless they're going to do a wash all day long depending on demand.

Eeeewww....I hadn't even thought of that!


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October 12, 2011 3:56 pm  

The real turn on is that they loan you clothing like leggings and other winter apparel to take the frigid tour. So I guess that means if you're not first in line you get to wear the same clothes that 150 sweaty tourists before you wore. Unless they're going to do a wash all day long depending on demand.

Eeeewww....I hadn't even thought of that!

Sorry. I'm just a little weird about stuff like that.


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October 12, 2011 5:14 pm  

I agree - get there in the first six months and bring your own warm clothes. I do, after 17 years here, still have a few of those! Doubt I could pull together an "outfit" but I could dress warm for a few hours. No pictures, please.


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October 12, 2011 6:50 pm  

This is the Norway outpost. Admission for one adult in USD is around $16.65.

http://www.magic-ice.no/


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October 12, 2011 6:58 pm  

I don't know... I can see it going either way... lots of people come to the VI on vacation and are not exactly "loving" the warm (or to them, hot), humid air day and night. If they live where it snows, they must like it to some degree, and maybe they just want a little half hour break from the weather they paid through the nose to enjoy in the first place. Hot and humid does take some getting used to. Some never do and complain about it all the time. Those people would likely be repeat customers, while those who like VI weather may only go once, for novelty's sake. She could insulate the hell out of the structure and cut costs quite a bit, but I just can't imagine what her monthly bill would look like. Horrifying, most likely. She says she did her homework. Wonder what her grade average was for math...


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October 12, 2011 7:09 pm  

What building is this being constructed in ? The old Berne Ice Plant would be an ironic structure for it .


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October 12, 2011 7:22 pm  

...and they could get Vanessa from C.A.M. to be the villainous Ice Princess!


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October 12, 2011 8:09 pm  

If they're going to refrigerate a whole building that cold all the time, they should be putting in an ice arena. Some exercise while staying cool would be awesome... but still wouldn't get me making the 40 mile commute from STX no matter how much I enjoy ice skating.

It's hard to imagine this venture being a hit. Cruise ship passengers don't come to the Caribbean for magical ice. They come for sun and sand and salt water. And of course some come to go shopping for Jewelry. Very few visit the indoor ice arenas some of the ships have even when a Disney on Ice show is involved.

When WAPA goes down for 12 hours, how much of those arctic ice sculptures will remain? It's an interesting question for a science class.


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October 12, 2011 8:35 pm  

Maybe at the end of the cruise, when you're sunburned and had plenty of beaches and water sports. Problem with that is St. Thomas is usually the first stop.

I agree....an ice rink, mainly for locals to enjoy, would be a welcome addition.

I'm sure there will be hugh back up generators, but I really would love to get a look at the WAPA bills....scary!! $16.65 is not going to go far, and if they book through the cruise ship, they really won't get near that. I bet it will be much higher here.


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October 12, 2011 10:04 pm  

Yes, a big generator. It will be in the old Raleigh Cycle Shop for you oldies, other than that next door to the Pizza Hut on the waterfront. Shedid say you can go thru without the heavy clothing if you care.


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October 13, 2011 12:01 am  

GoodGawdAlmighty, it reads like an article from theOnion!

Seriously??

Well, best of luck to her.


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October 13, 2011 12:21 am  

They have one of these aboard the Norwegian Epic. Supposedly its packed pretty consistently. I read an article about it before last season.


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October 13, 2011 1:23 pm  

I'm glad to hear there'll be an attraction in town. Town needs a draw, because right now, it's dying a slow death!


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October 13, 2011 2:02 pm  

I just heard $32.00 per drink - have no clue if that is correct or not 😮

Pia


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October 13, 2011 2:16 pm  

Maybe you get to keep the glass. :@)


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