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Making the Most of St. Thomas and St. John

Making the Most of St. Thomas and St. John

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GETTING THERE

Your ship docks near Charlotte Amalie, capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands, normally at the West India Company pier in Havensight, 1.15 miles (1.85 km.) east of downtown. Alternately, you may dock at the Crowne Bay Centre pier in Frenchtown, 1.6 miles (2 km) west of downtown, and on rare occassion, you may have to tender in. All ashore is typically at 8:00 am, with all aboard around 5:30 pm. Note: In the past, all guests had to meet with U.S. Immigration officials onboard the ship, regardless of whether they planned to go ashore. This is no longer a requirement, but be sure to watch for any notices placed in your room regarding immigration procedures, just in case. Visitors traveling to St. John should either book a shore excursion, or take a taxi to the Red Hook ferry on the eastern end of the island—round-trip ferry fare is $14/adults, $2/kids (15- to 20-minute ride). There’s also a ferry from downtown Charlotte Amalie for $26/adults, $7/kids, but again you’ll have to take a taxi to the ferry.

GETTING AROUND

Plan to take a taxi into town and most destinations, but there is shopping at both piers. Havensight Mall offers more than 60 shops, and other malls are nearby, while Crowne Bay Centre has just a handful of shops. The Paradise Point aerial tram ($21/$10.50 ages 6–12) is a short walk from Havensight pier, and offers panoramic views of the island. There’s far more shopping in downtown Charlotte Amalie. A taxi will cost about $3 (no meters, get the rate in advance). Car rentals are available at the pier, but taxis and mini-buses are generally a better idea. Maagens Bay, several miles from Charlotte Amalie on the island’s north shore, is a beautiful and well-known beach. Nearby is Mountain Top, famed for its views and banana daiquiris. A half-mile west of Charlotte Amalie is the picturesque fishing village of Frenchtown, known for its eateries. If you want to visit St. John, Disney offers shore excursions to most of St. John’s most famous spots, and with the day’s tight schedule, they make sense. If you want to explore on your own, Hertz and Avis both have agencies in Cruz Bay, and taxi fares to the major sights are $3–$9. Ferries arrive in Cruz Bay, and the National Park interpretive center is a short walk away. The beach at Trunk Bay is most popular ($5 day use fee). History buffs may enjoy the ruins of Annaberg Sugar Plantation.

SAFETY

Pickpockets and beach theft are the most notable crime problems you’ll encounter, so leave your valuables on board, and safeguard your purse or wallet while shopping. Drinking water is collected in cisterns from rain water, so you may prefer to drink bottled water.

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