It does take some traveling time, but once off the ship, take a cab over to Red Hook ferry, then take the Ferry to St. Johns, and once there a short cab ride to the beach. There is an admission fee into the park, but its like $4 or $5 to get in. Its not exactly cheap, but you can do it on your own and on your own time frame.
we just came back from our cruise and we did go to st. john. like Donna said we took cabs, and a ferry. it does take a little longer than i would of liked, but it's worth the trip. St. John is beautiful. The ferry is $5.00 per person and the cab cost $30.00 from the ship to the ferry. once off the ferry you must take another cab to the beach. have fun quincy
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If you get the chance you should visit St. John, my DH and I got married October 29, 2001 in St. John on Hawksnest Beach, it was the most beautiful day of our lives. You may want to check the cruise line excursions to see if they offer one for St. John. This year we are returning to St. Thomas and we are taking a Champagne Catamaran Cruise, which offers snorkeling, and a visit to one of St. John's beachs for a little sun-bathing, it also offers lunch, than champagne before we return to the ship, it's an all day excursion but well worth the $$$. Hope you enjoy St. John like we have, and have a great cruise!
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You can save a LOT of $$ by taking the local bus/jitney to Red Hook. ($2 vs. $10 pp oneway.) The local bus/ jitney looks just like the other taxis, so ask how much to Red Hook. When you get off the ship, go out and across the road, turn left, go past the tram, then follow the road around to the right. We went up to K-mart to catch the bus, but I heard that you can get it across the road right after you turn to the right. (This is the place that they will drop you off on your return ride.)
Ask if they are going to Red Hook. It is just a little longer than the $10 taxi, and is more interesting. We went through some towns that we didn't go through on the taxi.
When you get back from St. John, follow the locals up to the main road and get the return bus/jitney back to the pier area.
Enjoy St. John. It is our favorite place to be!
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If you want to make it easier and not worry too much about the cost, the ship may offer an excursion to St. John for the day (usually at Trunk Bay) that is a nice respite.
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