I would appreciate any advice on shore excursions for St. Thomas/St. Maarten, i.e., catamaran excursions, especially that anyone found to be enjoyable, not too expensive, etc. If you rememeber the cost, that would be great, too. Also, should we book through Carnival, and if not where do we go once on the islands to book? We are also interested in going to a great beach on these islands as well. Any beach recommendations would be appreciated. However, I have been to Megan's Bay before and am not interested in going there again, but anything else would be great!!! Thanks so much!!!
I can't help you with St. Maarten but what do you like doing? Beaches only or other things. There's so much to choose from in St. Thomas.
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We did the Golden Eagle Catamaran at 8 or 8:30 thru the ship and that was lots of fun, then we took a taxi to Orient Beach and that beach was beautiful. It has little beach time restaurants and bars lining the beach, you can rent jet ski's and parasail also.
the Golden Eagle Catamaran sail in St. Maarten is a great excursion!! you can only book it thru the cruise line. It is very popular and sells out fast. We book the morning sail, which gives us the entire afternoon free, we took the water taxi in to downtown(Dutch side) to just wander around and do some shopping.
We do St. Thomas on our own, we head over to St. John island in the am for beach and snorkeling, in the afternoon we will wander around Havensight Mall, grab a cab and head downtown or go take the Paradise Point Tramway. We have heard good things about the Chamagne Catamaran sail excursion. Sapphire Beach on St. Thomas proper is a very nice beach, as is Coki Beach- Coral World
I returned last week from my first cruise with Triumph and booked one excursion in St Thomas with them and was not really pleased with it...
I spent $ 40 on a three hour snorkling excursion, that included 30 minutes waiting for everybody to arrive, a 20 minutes drive in an open jeep with unaudible instructions to first time divers, another 20 minutes stop to pick up snorkling gear, 1 hour and 15 minutes snorkling and another 20 minutes drive to bring back the snorkling gear and 20 minutes in the jeep to get back to the ship.
A better option would have been getting a taxi and have yourself a ride to the beach. I am sure that the front desk staff onboard can tell you which beach should be visited.
I absolutely do not blame Carnival for this not so good excursion because they are only the middlemen for the tickets and they told me that they would look into this matter...