We will be in St Thomas Dec on a Princess Cruise, Prinesss offers 3 snorkel trips, can I get some recommendations? "Turtle Cove" snorkel Adv, "Capt Nautica's" Snorkel expd, and "St John Trunk Bay" Beach & snorkel. Which is best for newbies, and restricted physical?
Turtle bay, by far. That was my first, and probably best, sea related excursion i have been on.
I had fun getting out there in the first place, with the catamaran going actualy FASTER when they turned off the engine and raised sail. The water was beautiful and the crew were really fun, and they made sure to teach all the noobs (like me) how to snorkel and be safe. they also warned us about the red coral, and what was needed to get the toxins off your skin! (Another type of 'watersport'. :P)
After about 15-20 minutes of sailing out to the area, we had about 45 minutes to snorkle. Water was very clear, and we saw lots of sea life. I even had a ray swim right past my legs! We also saw turtles and LOTS of fish.
The ride back was nice too, since they break out the rum punch. I had a few too many, and managed to call, from the boat, my office at 10 AM to let my boss know i was bombed. He wasnt amused and gave me lots of work when i got home the next week!
So in short, i had a great time on turtle bay with the dancing dolphin catamaran.
I'd recommend the trip over to St. JOhn, Trunk Bay, absolutely beautiful and you can easily walk into the water and snorkel on the marked underwater trail. The island itself is paradise and the snorkeling is very good there, well worth the trip over.