St Maarten, when you get off the ship, it is a short walk to the taxi stand - grab a taxi to Orient beach. beautiful beach, and this is easy & cheap to do on your own and you don't get hassled by anyone.
St Thomas we went to paradise point at 9am, and it had just opened, no lines no waiting. It was beautiful! Then we went on a tour at noon, snorkling in secret harbor. It was supposed to go to trunk bay but the waves were to high that day so it was changed to secret harbor.
we were a little dissapointed with that change - but, someday we will make it to trunk bay.