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Old June 4th, 2011, 08:06 PM
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Default The Baths at Virgin Gorda St. Thomas

Is this a new excursion? Has anyone heard anything about it? pro or con?
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Old June 4th, 2011, 08:44 PM
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No, this is not a new tour. I have not done this excursion, but I have heard it's very humid..Bring a flat iron
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sorry - describe Humid... We are going in January. Or WOULD be going in jan. You have done this excursion?
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oops saw you had NOT done this excursion. sorry
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Remember, this is the tropics..January means nothing here I was told, by someone who had done this tour, within the huge rock formations, it was humid..muggy. For all the amazing visuals. i can bet it's worth some frizz though
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I dunno - last time I went cruisin in Jan, it was too cool for me. but family enjoyed water. :-) I like warm/hot!! Esp water!
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You are quite deep in the Caribbean..not like being in Nassau, or Freeport in January, which can mimic Florida weather.
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Confusing place name, people sometimes think they are going to actual baths but in actual fact this is a beach. Quite a beautiful one too, reached down a long & uneven path but when you get to the bottom there is a small beach with some interesting rock formations comprising of huge boulders. There is a nice but basic beach bar. You can clamber through caves to reach another beach too, if you are reasonably fit. This trip can easily be done independently but we never have. Great restaurant at the "top of the Baths"
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Sounds like a plan to me to visit in Jan! I LOVE the beach, I LOVE caves and I LOVE the pictures I am looking at! The only thing I don't like is it is a 1 1/2 hr ride EACH way there and back on a high speed fast catamarian. You have 2 hrs at the baths. I just don't want to get sick on the catamarian if water is rough.
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As I recall the trip over is about 30 mins then a cab/bus/road train to the beach 15 mins, I'll see if I can fimd some pics...
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I'd love to see pics. On the carnival site under my excursions it says the 1 1/2 power catamarian -- 2 hr at bath and 1 1/2 hr back.
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I can't get this site to post pics, just says ''IE stopped working'' but I'm sure you can find some. As I recall the term "Baths" referrs to the rock pools but it is the giant boulders that attract us, the walk down & up is a bit difficult but that is nice too. Do attempt the clamber through the caves to the other beach I did it once but this time thought I was too fat/old/out of condition!
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I definitely want to go -------- just worried about getting sick on the power catamarian for the 1 1/2 hr trip there.
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It's a ferry, I am sure it doesn't take that long.
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Not according to the carnival excursion description. Thats what I'm going by. Its a high speed fast catamarian and takes 1 1/2 hr trip there and back. You also have to bring passport. Hoping someone will go on it and review before Jan from carnival. Thanks for the site!
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Well I can't say any more, been on it twice with P&O trips, I doubt if there are many ferries that do it & the site gives scheduled times.
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You should not have a problem with a catamaran. They are generally quite stable. Just stay away from carbonated beverages. The Baths are a wonderful beach experience. The first time we were there was 1974 on a Windjammer cruise.
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I've been to the Baths a few times, but not with Carnival. Here are pictures from one trip:

Patouche - Extreme Machine - Baths, Tortola - April 6, 2006

One time we did a trip from St Thomas to the Baths on a Power Cat, it may well be the same trip but under contract to Carnival now. On that trip, we did have to walk down the stairs to get there. I prefer swimming in, but that probably isn't an option on a cruise ship tour.
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Just had another look, are you going from St.Thomas or Tortola? if it is St. Thomas it will be a long trip & I doubt if it would be worth it. You may be going from Tortola but on a catamaran cruise which would take longer but is much more of an outing that just transport.
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I thought the tours were offered from Tortola. Seems easier from that island
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Yep, can't see it being an option from anywhere else.
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We went from St Thomas to the Baths one time. Even stopped at The Caves at Norman Island for a snorkel. It was on a Power Cat that left from Red Hook. It was a full day trip, however.

Captain Nautica used to do a day trip there - not sure if they still do. That long in a zodiac might pound you to death, though.

These look like some more options:
St. Thomas Tours and Excursions, US Virgin Islands - Tour Detail Page Individuals
I have heard of Stormy Petrel and Pirate's Penny.

I doubt the hours work well for cruisers, unless you ship gets to St Thomas early and stays late or maybe if you do an overnight there.
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