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Old December 28th, 2010, 03:04 PM
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I posted this on the HAL section, but it's not too active over there. A few questions about our pending Eurodam Cruise:

Our kids are too young to spend money on excrusions, they just want to make sandcastles on the beach ... so our excursions are pretty-much pre-determined.

For St. Thomas, I've been to both Trunk Bay and Magen's Bay before and I'm not sure which we'll go to. On our last cruise, we heard about a young boy (cruise passenger) being shot by a stray bullet from a gang war. I've yet to google and verify any details. If you have any info to share, please do. Is either beach in a particularly safer area? For Magen's Bay, we can do the Beach Getaway, which woudl run about $86.00. Would anyone recommend taking a taxi as opposed to the cruise excursion? There are four of us - 2 adults and 2 kids under 4. In Cozumel, earlier this year, we took a cab ride which was safe and cost effective. I'm just not sure about doing this on St. Thomas.

For Grand Turk - pretty much same question. I've never been before. Is a nice beach within a quick cab ride?

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Okay, so i googled, and found that the story is true:
More Caribbean Crime - Carnival Passenger Killed In St. Thomas : Cruise Law News


It appears that Magen's Bay is further north of Koki where the shooting occured and (duh) Trunk Bay is on St. John.

I know it is an isolate incident that could easily occur in my home town ... but one still wants to be cautious in taking their young children into an area where a problem has occured.
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If the kids just want to play in the sand, then I think I'd just go to Meagans Bay, catch a cab there and back. There is more travel time involved when going over to Trunk Bay and I honestly don't think the kids could tell the difference...I'm sure you'd also be saving in the travel cost by going to Meagans Bay on St. Thomas rather than taking the ferry over to St. Johns..
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Thanks Donna! You're right. I do love Trunk Bay though - that was my very first glimpse of paradise on my first cruise - many years ago!

Anyone know what a cab ride to Magen's bay would cost? Is it safe to venture out on your own?
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If you go by regular taxi it's around $7 per person. They also have safari bus type of taxis that go over to Meagans Bay from the port for a little less. It also costs $4 pp to get onto the beach.
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