Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > People > Chit - Chat for Cruisers
Register Forgot Password?

Chit - Chat for Cruisers Open Forum for non-cruise posts. Please refrain from inflammatory rhetoric that could be considered offensive. We reserve the right to edit or delete for any reason.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old April 14th, 2012, 10:02 PM
Aerogirl's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: A little south of insanity
Posts: 3,915
Question ST Thomas Question

Ok, so I’m wondering why when people cruise and stop in ST Thomas everyone say’s go to ST John?
Is it nicer? It’s one of our stops and we planned on doing Megan’s beach but I was told again today to take the ferry to ST John instead.
What gives??
__________________
You can shake the sand from you shoes but it will never leave your soul

Home is where you park your flip flops

~Robin~


Need some cruise help?


Carnival - Fantasy 1998
RCCL - Majesty of the Sea 2000
Carnival - Inspiration 2009
Carnival - Freedom 2011
Carnival - Liberty 2013
Carnival- Breeze 2014
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old April 14th, 2012, 10:18 PM
Trip's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Boston
Posts: 19,781
Send a message via ICQ to Trip
Default

If you love to snorkle, that is the main attraction there & just fabulous postcard beaches. There is a very small shopping district,and most of the island is protected land.

If you don't snorkel, and, like the hustle and bustle, stick to Charlotte Amalie, & Megans Bay.
__________________


Trip, with her book & tea!
Chat Hostess & Board Moderator



Last edited by Trip; April 15th, 2012 at 08:21 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old April 14th, 2012, 10:21 PM
Phil&Liz's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 2,979
Send a message via Yahoo to Phil&Liz
Default

Yes it is a nice place but Megans is too. Depending on how many ships are in port that day all of the popular beaches can get crowded. Some have full service w/restrooms/food/drink and some are bare bones.

You have be be aware of the timetable for the taxi to Red Hook then the ferry to STJ. You would get maybe 4 hrs beach time max when you take into account the taxi and ferry time getting to STJ.

If you want to learn more about the area have a read over at Virgin Islands Travel Information . They also have an area similar to this where the locals can answer questions for you.

Btw, there are some who get picky about the spelling of Megans from its history. You may see it spelled differently.
__________________
The Original Phil & Liz

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money. Margaret Thatcher

Never take an idiot travelling, you can always pick one up when you get there. Billy Connolly

I Didn't Come here and I ain't Leaving.
Willie Nelson

9/01/2013 Carnival Legend
2/16/2014 BC 7

Bill Murray
20 years ago we had Johnny Cash, Bob Hope and Steve Jobs. Now we have no Cash, no Hope and no Jobs. Please don't let Kevin Bacon die.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old April 15th, 2012, 08:14 AM
rollerdonna's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Caribou River, Nova Scotia
Posts: 16,150
Default

We've gone to St. John twice, both snorkeling trips via catamaran. Yes, the beach is wonderful, so is the snorkeling, but the catamaran ride is also wonderful, especially the one with the champagne and "Painkillers", sandwiches and fantastic music!

Also done Megan's Bay beach and other beaches in St. Thomas, and loved them all, but then I'm a beach person....

donna
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old April 15th, 2012, 08:21 AM
Mike M's Avatar
Administrator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: You're Looking At Me
Posts: 23,714
Default

I have to say that St. Thomas can be crowded, especially when there are are four or more ships in port.

I go to St. John's just to get away from those crowds and enjoy the more serene beauty. I am not a shopper and I went to Megan's Beach once and was not impressed. It was a very crowded beach.

I have been to St. John's three times and each time I have gone to St. John's on my own. On our last cruise with family and friends they did a Carnival excursion to St. John's and liked it but were very disappointed in the short time they spent there. They had less than an hour at Trunk Bay. Doing it on your own and knowing the Red Hook ferry schedule you can spend three or four hours at Trunk Bay or other places on St. John's. It's also a lot less expensive. Carnival charged $95/person for the excursion and you can do it yourself, with taxi and ferry fares, for around $30.

Take care,
Mike
__________________
Cruisemates Community Leader/Moderator

"There is a great difference between being well traveled and just having been to many places." ~Me

"Fear is the assassin of dreams." ~Me
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old April 15th, 2012, 05:07 PM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 18,199
Default

We were in St.Thomas 3 weeks ago.Everyone we encountered said St.Johns is a must ,however ,we chose not to go .A mistake ? Perhaps .
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old April 15th, 2012, 05:59 PM
Queen of Oakville's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Oakville, Ontario
Posts: 1,224
Default

Trunk Bay, St. John's Island is one of my alltime favourites ... haven't been there in years though.


I think because of the time to get there and the $$$, you will simply get fewer people making the effort.

The majority will go to Magen's Bay and Coral World (?).

I have a wonderful memory of being at Megan's Bay with my DH on our honeymoon. It must have been a quiet day in port, because there was hardly anyone there. Last year we went with the kids, and the place was a zoo - all the big ships were in port.

If you have the luxury of time and money - I'd definitely go to St. John.
__________________

Royal Oasis of the Seas - 2013 {pending}
Disney Fantasy - 2013
Disney Dream - 2012
Royal Freedom of the Seas - 2011
HAL Eurodam - 2011
Royal Grandeur of the Seas - 2010
Carnival Dream - 2010
Grand Princess - 2002
Royal Voyageur of the Seas - 2000
Royal Sovereign of the Seas - 1999
Carnival Ecstacy - 1991
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old April 15th, 2012, 07:35 PM
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Northwest Suburb Chicago
Posts: 316
Default

St Johns Trunk Bay was always on the listings for top beaches in years past. Every time we were there it was alot less crowded than Megans Bay. In my opinion definitely worth the taxi and ferry ride to get to. I think it is one of the most beautiful beaches I have every seen. I just talked my girlfriend and her family to go to Trunk Bay instead of Megans Bay and they agreed with me. They had previously been to Megans Bay.
__________________
Dolphin 5-96 Radiance 2-02 Monarch 1-03 Navigator 1-04 Enchantment 10-04 Rhapsody 10-05 UK & Jewel 7-06 Explorer 1-07 Empress 11-07 Italy & Legend 10-08 Spain& Navigator 10-09 Jewel 3-11Aruba 8-11
Hawaii NCL&land tour Dominican Rep land disneycruise&disneyworld
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old April 15th, 2012, 09:07 PM
Kuki's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Right here :)
Posts: 22,381
Send a message via AIM to Kuki
Default

Trunk Bay is fabulous. If you snorkel at all, it also has a marked underwater snorkling trail that's terrific.

INHO Megan's Bay has nice views, but that's the best adjective I'd offer.

Trunk Bay is worth the trouble of getting there.
__________________
C U @ C,
Kuki
CruiseMates' Staff Writer
- The Kuki Side of Cruising-
A new Blog post every Wednesday
http://www.cruisemates.com/blog/author/kuki/
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old April 15th, 2012, 10:30 PM
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 282
Default

Hey Kuki see your still giving good advice. We just booked Oasis 2013 so I back to the cruise boards I been searching cruise critic. Where you guys chat now ..? Yes we will go to St Johns for sure
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
beach, carnival, disney, fantasy, ferry, goto, history, john, megan, short, st, thomas, time

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
St. Thomas question Floridanamaw Caribbean & Panama Canal 11 September 8th, 2007 01:51 PM
St. Thomas Question shlameggy79 Caribbean & Panama Canal 2 June 2nd, 2007 04:24 PM
St. Thomas Question shlameggy79 Carnival Cruise Lines 2 May 30th, 2007 09:34 AM
St. Thomas question lv2boat Carnival Cruise Lines 5 December 1st, 2005 11:18 AM
Thomas---question for you????? nolou525 Chit - Chat for Cruisers 8 November 15th, 2005 07:43 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:27 AM.
design by: Themes by Design

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1