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Caribbean ports update

The Caribbean has always been a magnet for people seeking sunshine and smiles. In light of the impact of the recent hurricanes on certain islands, we're doing all we can to support the region by continuing to visit. Most of our ports of call were unaffected and whilst we're continuing to work with the affected islands to help where we can, we have arranged alternative ports where necessary to ensure you can make the very most of what the iconic Caribbean has to offer.

 

About St. Thomas

The duty-free shopping capital of the Caribbean and possibly the world, St. Thomas also happens to be one of the prettiest islands. Its capital and also its cruise port, Charlotte Amalie, boasts a beautiful Caribbean harbour, especially at sunset.

 

All the shops - and they boast genuine bargains in the jewellery, perfume, drinks line - are concentrated in and around Charlotte Amalie.

 

Around the island, you will want to see Magen's Bay, voted one of the world's top ten most beautiful beaches. Or take the short boat trip to neighbouring St. John where its national park has more than 40 beautiful beaches and coves.

 

Shore excursions in St. Thomas

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Best of St Thomas

Activity lowRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 3 hours

An opportunity to take in some of the sights and spectacular viewpoints of St Thomas.

Setting off from the pier, you’ll wend your way up the picturesque Skyline Drive and the Skyline overlook, where you’ll capture the Charlotte Amalie coastline. Drakes’ Seat was once where Sir Frances Drake would sit and watch his fleet. Here you can enjoy a commanding view of the palm-fringed Magens Bay.

Afterwards, a visit will be made to the St Peter Estate. Formerly a private hideaway of the rich and famous, St Peter Estate boasts wonderful landscaped grounds and classic Caribbean architecture. Take in the panorama of the other Virgin Islands or enjoy a stroll along the nature trail within the gardens. During your visit a rum or fruit punch refreshment will be offered.

To round off your tour, you’ll head to Mountain Top, located at 1,400 feet above sea level. Take in the views and browse the small shops for souvenirs, before returning to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion operates by safari bus. The visits to St Peter Estate and Mountain Top are conducted on foot, however walking on this tour is limited. Passengers must be able negotiate steps onto and off the safari bus. There is a flight of steps to the St Peter viewing platform, however views can still be enjoyed from below. There are 2 gradual flights of steps to reach the gardens. On the morning departure, there will be an optional downtown drop off. Passengers taking this option will return to the ship at their own expense. This is not available on an afternoon departure.

Castaway Shipwreck Snorkel

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

Sail aboard the ‘Castaway Girl’ across the sparkling Caribbean Sea to the alluring Shipwreck Cove.

Experience the thrill of sailing aboard the fabulous 65 foot ‘Castaway Girl’ catamaran to Shipwreck Cove on Buck Island. ‘Castaway Girl’ boasts spacious sunbathing decks and a large comfortable cockpit for those who prefer to relax in the shade.

Upon arrival at Shipwreck Cove, you can simply relax on board and soak up some sun, or cool off with a refreshing dip. Snorkel equipment is available for you to get a better view of the underwater wildlife and, of course the shipwreck.

The wartime shipwreck of the ‘Catanza C’ lies 25 feet below the surface and is home to a variety of sea life. Your experienced crew will take you on a guided snorkel tour of the wreck, pointing out the wondrous sights below.

Enjoy complimentary tropical fruit drinks and rum punch after your snorkelling.

During your return sail, things liven up with a little music and you’re invited to some dancing on deck, or just lie back and enjoy the sounds and holiday atmosphere.

Essential information

This excursion operates by catamaran. Children under 6 may not participate. Please wear your swimwear, sunscreen and take a towel. You will be required to remove shoes whilst on board the catamaran. Snorkellers are divided into groups to suit their comfort level and equipment is provided. Participants must be competent swimmers. Alternative snorkel sites may be used. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities. Before you book this excursion you must refer to the ‘Activity Excursion’ and ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraphs under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

Coral World And Island Drive

Activity low

Duration: 3 hours

Visit St Thomas’ marine-life attraction, Coral World, and take in the island’s magnificent scenery on this combination tour.

Coral World offers an undersea observatory that will allow you to gaze into the ocean and capture the fascinating marine life of St Thomas. You’ll also find exhibits that offer an insight into the rich eco-system between land and sea. During your independent exploration you can also view the Caribbean Reef Encounter Tank, the Marine Gardens Aquarium, the Touch Pool and the Sea Turtle area.

Following your visit to Coral World, enjoy a scenic tour of the island. Take in views of St John and numerous Virgin Islands from atop Cassie Hill and photograph your ship as you look down over the harbour and the town of Charlotte Amalie. From Drake’s Seat, you’ll see the lovely Magens Bay beach.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by safari bus and on foot. Essential information. The visit to Coral World is unguided and at passengers own leisure. To derive full enjoyment passengers will be required to explore on foot, however this is not strenuous. The Observation Tower has a spiral staircase leading to the predator tanks. Passengers must be able to negotiate steps on to and off the safari bus.

Magens Bay Beach Getaway

Activity low

Duration: 3½ hours

Acclaimed as one of the ten most beautiful beaches in the world, Magens Bay is an ideal ‘getaway’ during your visit to St Thomas.

Your transfer to the beach begins with a scenic drive by open-air safari bus to Drake’s Seat, with its spectacular view of Magens Bay and the surrounding area. From there, it’s on to Magens Bay to enjoy some time on the beach.

Take a stroll along the warm golden sands, a dip in the inviting azure ocean or simply laze in the shade with a good book. However you choose to spend your time at Magens, you are bound to enjoy this beautifully-appointed location.

Be sure to take note of your return pick up for the return drive to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion is operated by safari bus. You will have around 2½ hours to enjoy the beach. There are restroom facilities on the beach, a bar and food concessions, as well as watersports equipment for hire. Sunbeds and chairs are not included and may not always available when there are a number of ships in port. Please remember to take swimwear, sunscreen and a towel. The photo stop at Drake’s Seat may be on the return portion of the tour. Before you book this excursion you must refer to ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraphs under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

Scenic St Thomas & Shopping

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Enjoy the views of St Thomas, explore the famous ‘Mountain Top’, and indulge in some retail therapy.

Enjoy a scenic ride along Skyline Drive, one of the most scenic routes on the island, stopping en route to capture some panoramic views of Charlotte Amalie and your ship nestling below. Your journey will then head to ‘Mountain Top’, located at 1,400 feet above the sea. Here, you can admire views over Magens Bay and the surrounding picturesque Virgin Islands. You will have around one hour to enjoy the Mountain Top atmosphere and to browse the small shops for souvenirs and local crafts.

From Mountain Top, relax on the return drive as you head down Mafolie Hill, returning downtown to the capital Charlotte Amalie, a duty free shopping paradise. Here you can enjoy around two hours exploring the numerous shops at your own leisure. At a designated meeting point and time, you will rejoin your safari bus for the short drive to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion operates by safari bus and on foot. The level of walking on this tour is discretional, however passengers must be able negotiate steps onto and off the safari bus. There are some cobblestone surfaces to negotiate in downtown Charlotte Amalie. Comfortable, flat shoes are recommended. US Dollars are accepted for purchases.

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