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I'd love to make it over to Trunk Bay on St. John's when the Carnival Destiny stops at St. Thomas for the day and I'd like to hear your advice for a first time cruiser that is traveling solo. I saw on another post that Carnival charges $69 for their shore excursion to Trunk Bay which seems a bit much to me as I'm trying to travel on a budget.

I've read that I can catch the taxi or bus on St. Thomas to Red Hook Harbor and take the Ferry and over to St. John's and back, but that I'd need another taxi once I get to St. John's to get to Trunk Bay. Do you think I'd be able to find my way to and from Trunk Bay on my own accord without getting lost and for less than the $69 that Carnival charges to get there?

I have no idea about the cost of taxis in these places, and have no idea if I might be able to find someone that morning to share them with me. If you have traveled to Trunk Bay using public transportation and the ferry I'd love to hear from you. Thank you!!!
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Old October 11th, 2007, 06:42 AM
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I'd suggest just taking the CArnival excursion to Trunk Bay. You may be able to save a few bucks, not a lot really and you have the added stress of getting a cab to the ferry, then another cab to the beach. Just the traveling cost adds up and the admission to the park. Since you are going by yourself, just let Carnival take care of the arrangements.
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Old October 11th, 2007, 08:24 AM
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I've read that I can catch the taxi or bus on St. Thomas to Red Hook Harbor and take the Ferry and over to St. John's and back, but that I'd need another taxi once I get to St. John's to get to Trunk Bay. Do you think I'd be able to find my way to and from Trunk Bay on my own accord without getting lost and for less than the $69 that Carnival charges to get there?

I have no idea about the cost of taxis in these places, and have no idea if I might be able to find someone that morning to share them with me. If you have traveled to Trunk Bay using public transportation and the ferry I'd love to hear from you. Thank you!!!
I'm thinking of doing the same thing, and I'm traveling solo. The reason is that I was recommended to kind of skip touristy St. thomas and go to St. John. We're in St. Thomas for 11 hours (realistically 10 with getting off and on the ship). The ship's tour leaves is 4 hours long and is smack in the middle of our day, which is weird.

Even if I don't save money, I want to be able to relax while I'm on St. John a bit rather than being hussled off and on a bus with every one, having to end my snorkeling when they tell me too, etc. Considering I have almost 10 hours there, I should be able to make it back to the ship on time. lol

Would I be better off giong somewhere else to snorkel if I'm going on my own anyway? I've heard there are plenty of good places on St. John.

But, like travelhappy asked, anyone taken taxis in St. John who could give us a idea of the price?

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Old October 11th, 2007, 05:32 PM
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This is what it cost us in April 2006.
I think the ferry rate may have gone up just recently

St. Thomas Four People
Taxi to Red Hook $40.00
Ferry to Cruz Bay $20.00
Taxi to Cinnamon Bay $28.00
Taxi return to Cruz Bay $28.00
Ferry to Red Hook $20.00
Taxi to ship $40.00

Total: $176.00

or $44.00 going solo

We had no problems getting back on time. In fact, we took the ferry from Red Hook going out but took the ferry directly back to Charlotte Amalie coming back (a little more time and a bit more expensive, but saved that last taxi fare coming back so it worked out to about the same.
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Taxi $10 to the ferry terminal. Ferry ?$4. We definitely prefer it to St. Thomas. The taxi drivers will get very aggressive in trying to dissuade you from leaving St T for St J. The spot you dock with the ferry in St Johns is very nice, little restaurant tc. and the tourist info shop to your left has maps. There is a lovely little hiking trail (not very challenging) right near the tourist info. that takes you to a couple of beaches that are gorgeous and not crowded.
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Old October 12th, 2007, 01:28 PM
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Found some info on the ferry. If I find anything with recent taxi prices, I'll post it.

From Red Hook:
Rates: One-way, $5/Adults and $1.00/Children ages 2-11. Seniors are $1.25 (VI Residents only, 62 years and up, proof of age must be shown). There is a charge of $2/piece for luggage/boxes.
Time: 15 to 20 minutes

Leaving Red Hook, St. Thomas
6:30 am, 7:30 am then hourly from 8:00 am to Midnight

Leaving Cruz Bay, St. John
Hourly from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm


From Charlotte Amalie:
Rates: One-way, $10/Adults and $3.00/Children ages 2-11. Seniors are $5 (VI Residents only, 62 years and up, proof of age must be shown). There is a charge of $2/piece for luggage/boxes.
Time: 40 to 45 minutes

Leaving Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
9:00 am
11:00 am
1:00 pm
3:00 pm
4:00 pm
5:30 pm

Leaving Cruz Bay, St. John
7:15 am
9:15 am
11:15 am
1:15 pm
2:15 pm
3:45 pm
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Old October 12th, 2007, 01:46 PM
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Found taxi prices. Seems cheaper to take the ferry ($20 R/T) and the taxi ($18 R/T + tip) than pay HAL $69 for a 4 hour excursion that probably allows 60-90 minutes snorkel time.

Popular Destinations on St. John

From / ..... To / .. 1 Person / 2 + People (each) / Time
Cruz Bay / Caneel Bay / $6 /$5 / 6 min.
Cruz Bay / Trunk Bay / $8 / $6 / 12 min.
Cruz Bay / Cinnamon Bay / $9 / $7 / 14 min.
Cruz Bay / Hawksnest / $6 /$5 / 8 min.
Cruz Bay / Annaberg Plantation/ $13 / $9 / 22 min.
Cruz Bay / Maho Bay / $13 / $9 / 18 min.
Cruz Bay / Salt Pond Bay / $20 / $14 / 40 min.

PS - Found all this on www.vinow.com - Virgin Islands website.
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However you do it, a trip to Trunk Bay is worth it. It is one of the loveliest places in the entire Caribbean. If you are docked right by the Havensight mall, that will take care of any shopping you might be inclined to do rather than going into downtown Charlotte Amalie.
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Thank you all very, very much for all of the information here. Msmarvel, you definitely went above and beyond which is great. I think I will trek it by myself afterall. I like the sense of adventure and I too would rather be on my own schedule than hurried around by some tour guide. That hike sounds really cool, too. I will definitely try and check that one out while I'm there. Thanks again everybody!!! CruiseMates rocks!
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let carnival get you there. if you go on your own and are late getting back the ship won't wait for you. if your with a carnival excursion the ship will wait. don't take a chance. also, definatly go to trunk bay... awesome.
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let carnival get you there. if you go on your own and are late getting back the ship won't wait for you. if your with a carnival excursion the ship will wait. don't take a chance. also, definatly go to trunk bay... awesome.
Not sure about Travelhappy's schedule, but we're in St. Thomas from 7:00 am til 6:00 pm. If I can't make it back to the ship in time, there's a serious problem. I should be able to hang out in St. John from 10:00-3:30 and get back in plenty of time.
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Was just there last Friday, and we did St. Johns on our own. Very easy - open air safari type taxis waiting at the ships to take you to Red Hook ($9 each) but they were kind of slow. Lots of pick ups and drop offs. Take the closed car taxis if you are in a hurry (and they only cost a couple of dollars more) Round trip to St. Johns from Red Hook is $10 per person. Other open air taxis waiting for you at the dock on St. Johns - $6 per person round trip to Trunk Bay. $3 admission when you get to Trunk Bay. We took a closed car taxi back since we were kind of in a hurry. Total cost pp:
$9 to Red Hook
$10 ferry to St. Johns
$6 to Trunk Bay
$3 admission
$11 taxi back to ship from Red Hook
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Looks like they raised the ferry prices, like double. I think its also worth checking into the cost of the ship excursion there?
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Yall follow the thread here about the ferry service possible being interrupted...Below is the latest:

http://www.virginislandsdailynews.co...me?id=17617292

Ferry officials: We won't be cutting back service - this week
By JOY BLACKBURN
Thursday, November 15th 2007

ST. THOMAS - The attorney representing franchise ferry operators running between St. Thomas and St. John said Wednesday after a meeting with government officials that her clients do not foresee curtailing services this week.
Claudette Ferron, who represents Transportation Services of St. John and Varlack Ventures, said the meeting to discuss issues pertaining to a possible government ferry subsidy went "well."
She said she made a presentation to Public Works Department and Government House officials outlining her clients' position and provided documents, including company financial information, statistics and statutes related to the issue.
"They're requesting an opportunity to read this and get up to speed," Ferron said, adding that they agreed to talk again next week.
Wednesday's meeting was to involve not only the two St. Thomas-St. John ferry operators, but also V.I. Sea Trans, which has an exclusive franchise to provide public ferry service between St. Thomas and St. Croix, according to a statement released last week by Public Works Commissioner Darryl Smalls.
The Daily News was unable to reach Smalls on Wednesday for comment.
Wednesday's meeting came after Ferron wrote senators and other government officials a week ago, telling them that the owners of the St. Thomas-St. John ferry franchise would no longer subsidize the public transportation service out of their private funds and would be running solely on revenues from fares.
As a result, she wrote, they anticipated having to significantly curtail services "within days" and shutting down shortly thereafter until the government provided subsidy funding.
The PSC, which regulates the ferry franchises because they have an exclusive contract with the government, responded with a letter telling the operators it expects them to continue to provide services per their agreement and saying it plans to schedule a meeting to discuss the ferry issue. A date has not yet been set for that meeting

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