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We want to go to Trunk Bay in St. Johns on the Eastern Cruise we will be on. We have been to St. Thomas two other times and were asked by many if we made it to St. Johns and we hadn't. So we really want to get there. We are docking in Charlotte Amalie. The ship has three tour excursion that takes you all around St. Johns but only one offers any time on the beach and it is only for 1 and 1/2 hours compared to the 4-4 1/2 hour excusion.
In reading about this I have found some conflicting information.
All say you have to take a ferry, All say you have to take a taxi once you get on St. Johns to get to the beach.

What is conflicting is how and where we get the ferry from Charlotte Amalie? Some have said to take a bus or Taxi to Red Hook Ferry some others have mentioned a Ferry in Charlotte Amalie.
We will be there from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Is this do able? And how do we do it exactly. Should we skip it and just go to Meagan's Bay or Saphire Beach Like we did last time???

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Old January 3rd, 2007, 05:27 PM
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Definately try to go. As soon as you get off the ship grab a taxi and take it to Red Hook. Be ready, set ,go as soon as early as you can get off. The Ferry is a fun ride and not too long. Once on St Johns there are a lot of open air trucks and taxi's. I remember it being very inexpensive. The open air bus was fun and you can hop on and off at the different beaches. Take advantage of your St John visit and try to get to several beaches. Even if you spend a hour here and a hour there. Try to see as much as you can.Keep a close eye on your time you won't want to miss the ferry back. Now remeber if you get to Red Hook and change your mind you can still ask that taxi driver to take you to Safire Beach. ( not sure of the spelling)It is not to far from the ferry.
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Thanks Tons,

Do you remember how much the cab ride or the ferry ride is??

I will give it a try!!!

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There is also an excursion from St. Thomas that lasts 4 hours. It goes to several places, including Trunk Bay. Sounds fun.
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Ship's shore excursions should offer an appropriate tour.
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I have looked into the shore excusions and they seem to be more touring and less time on the beach. You drive around and look at ruins, plantations, and scenic overlooks etc... Then spend some time on the beach. An hour and half. It also has an age restriction that will exclude some in our party. We were looking for just a day at the beach. Two other excursions don't even offer beach time. Just viewing them and you go to several.

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personally the best way to do St.John Island is to book the Champagne Catamaran tour(if your line offers it) It is a beautiful relaxing sail over to a secluded harbor where you can lesiurly swim, snorkel or relax on the beach.
Ships tours to St.John/Trunk Bay are a waste of time imo - your beach time is very limited.
To do St. John on your own: go to www.vinnow.com for ferry schedules and beach information. This how it goes: you grab a cab at the pier, take the cab to Red Hook harbor ($8.00 per person i think),takes about 2-30 minutes depending upon traffice. buy a round-trip ferry ticket(can't recall price - its on the web site) the ferry leaves every hour on the hour. The ferry ride over to Cruz Bay takes about 35 minutes give or take, once you dock, walk to the end of the pier and grab one of the many open air jitneys and ask the driver to take you to the beach. Trunk Bay charges admission. All the beaches are gorgeous with great snorkeling.
We do St. John in the morning, then go shopping in the afternoon.
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No Champagne Catamaran tour on the ship. Thank you very much for the detailed information!!!

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Thanks Tons,

Do you remember how much the cab ride or the ferry ride is??

I will give it a try!!!

Linda
The cab ride from the ship to Red Hook is $10 pp. The taxi ride from Cruz Bay to Trunk Bay is $6 pp. I think the ferry was $6 pp.

On the way back from Red Hook we followed the locals off the ship and grabbed the local bus (which looks just like the open air taxis) and it was only $2 pp. It dropped us off w/in a couple of blocks of the ship.

Going to St. John is one of the easiest days to do on your own.

Check out www.vinow.com for a ton of info on this island and St. Thomas.
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Hi - On our last trip to St Thomas, we pre-arranged (google search) snorkeling / small boat operators to take us from Red Hook out and around the Virgin Island with stops at Trunk Bay for snorkeling and beach. Nice and private and worth the money if you are going with friends. The boat operator will ask what you are up for and arrange an itinerary based on your needs.
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Thank you all for your help!!

We are flying to Miami later today and boarding the ship (Explorer of the Seas) tomorrow!!

Thank you all for your advice. I really appreciate it

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Take the ferry and a cab to the beach - very easy and not too expensive as the other posts have noted. This way you can go at your leisure. We always leave the ship early and take an early ferry. We are usually one of the first people off the ship! The beaches are beautiful. If you want to take a tour, you can pick one up when the ferry drops you off on St. John's - just ask and you will be pointed in the right direction, right near the pier thee are drivers to will take you around the Island on a tour.

We usually head back to the ship early, around 2 or 2:30PM with lots of time to walk around and do some shopping befofe we get back on the ship.

Enjoy your day on St. Johns - we were married on a beach on St. John's 5 years ago while cruising on the Summit - you wiln love it!

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Enjoy your day on St. Johns - we were married on a beach on St. John's 5 years ago while cruising on the Summit - you wiln love it!

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Marion - how ABSOLUTELY romantic! Just like Kenny and Renae! (But YOUR has lasted!)
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Thanks, it was fabulous. Better than we even planned.

We invited everyone from the CC and cruisemate board when we got on the ship and that made the wedding. Lots of people showed up. Our taxi driver played the king scratcher (wooden stick that makes music) and we all sang and danced on the beach - it was wonderful. I made all the arrangements on the Internet and had no idea how it would turn out.

The morning was overcast with a bit of rain. On the ferry going over to St. Johns the most beautiful rainbow greeted us, you couldn't have bought that one! The day turned out to be just beautiful, bright and sunny. What a wedding.

My daughter and her husband were also on the cruise. We have 7 kids between us and planned the wedding after we planned the cruise - everyone was pissed that we weren't going to get married at home with the entire family present. However, it was our wedding and we did what we wanted - AND have no regrets. The wedding of a lifetime!!!!

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Marion, I want to cry! That was absolutely the PERFECT wedding!
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