we don't usuallly do an excursion in St. Thomas. St. Thomas is very easy to do on your own. Beach and shopping are the most popular things to do.
It depends upon what you are looking to do.
Suggestions: IF you want a really nice beach with decent snorkeling then just grab a cab to Sapphire Beach. If you want a gorgeous beach with amazing snorkeling then you would need to get over to St.John Island by ferry, or book the Champagne Catamaran Sailaway to St. John Island - great excursion.. Another fun side trip is the Paradise Point Tramway - it is a short walk from Havensight Pier, you take a tram up the mountain, the view of the harbor is beautiful, alot of the island weddings take place here. There are small shops, restaurant, gorgeous flower gardens, birds.
If you dock at Havensight the mall is right there or you could grab a cab and head into downtown Charlotte-Amalie.
Anyone have a fav place for us to go in St Thomas?
If your cruise line offers it, do the "Champagne Catamaran Sailaway to St. John." A sail catamaran picks you up right at the cruise ship pier and takes you to a great secluded beach on St. John with a nice reef for snorkeling nearby, drops anchor, and lowers a ladder into the water for those who want to go swimming, snorkeling (gear provided), or onto the beach. While there, the crew sets out a nice buffet lunch aboard the catamaran. There's more time for swimming, snorkeling, or enjoying the beach after lunch, then the catamaran sets sail and returns to the cruise ship pier around 3:15 -- just in time for tea aboard the ship or, if you prefer, a visit to the shopping center next to the pier (which also has a post office where you can mail postcards if you want them to arrive before you return home) before the ship sails. Anyway, the crew on the catamaran also serves beverages of your choice -- champagne, mimosas, beer, sodas, rum punch, or fruit punch -- throughout the whole excursion. This excursion is not cheap, but it's well worth the price.
Favorite thing for me to do in St. Thomas would be to get my face under the water and then, face up on a gorgeous beach!
I just returned from a cruise with a port stop in St. Thomas. My group of 8 had a F A N T A S T I C time on a sailboat charter to St. John with Captain Steve of Nightwind Charters. We snorkeled at beautiful remote spots and were wined and dined as VIPs. GREAT trip!!
We've have been to St. Thomas on cruise ships 4 times and once when we stayed in San Juan for a week. Each time we rented a jeep and did many, many wonderful things on our own. We didn't have to fight the crowds. We went to Meghans Bay, Mountain Top where you can get the best banana daquiri (they were invented here). The view from Mountain Top is breath taking. Jewelry shopping is also a must. You can get jewelry at a very reasonable price and when you get back to the US, the appraisals are always for more than you paid.