Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > Practical Advice > Shore Excursions
Register Forgot Password?

Shore Excursions Snorkeling, SCUBA, sightseeing - discuss ports and activities

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old September 4th, 2000, 03:01 PM
cruise96
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Shore Excursions

We will be visiting St. Thomas and St. Maarten with two other couples in late Sept. Was told we would be better off hiring a private taxi for the day rather than booking an excursion with the cruise line. Any comments or ideas? How do we go about doing this? Thanks .
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old September 4th, 2000, 05:03 PM
Donna's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: on my computer
Posts: 26,385
Send a message via AIM to Donna
Default RE: Shore Excursions

Hi Cruise96,
Not sure what you like to do in St. Thomas, but a trip over to St. Johns is what we like to do. You just take a cab to Red Hook ferry and then once at St. Johns, cab ride to one of the beautiful beaches. Its absolutely paradise there and a great beach day. When we were in St. Maatren, we just got a cab over to Orient beach, very easy to do and there are cabs waiting there to take you back to the pier later in the day. In St. Thomas you can get some shopping in right there at the pier, or another short taxi ride to downtown.

Donnassei/Sealover
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old September 5th, 2000, 06:39 PM
cruise96
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default RE: Shore Excursions

DONNA, THANKS FOR THE INFORMATION. i'VE HEARD THAT ST. JOHN'S IS A "DON'T MISS" AND WILL MAKE A POINT OF GOING THERE. CRUISE96
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old September 5th, 2000, 07:47 PM
Donna's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: on my computer
Posts: 26,385
Send a message via AIM to Donna
Default RE: Shore Excursions

Hi Cruise96,
Glad to hear you'll head over there, you'll love it, enjoy :-)

Donnassei/Sealover
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old September 6th, 2000, 10:48 PM
Dawn Stefano
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default RE: Shore Excursions

St. John is wonderful for some serious beach time and snorkeling. You can also catch a ferry from Charlotte Amalie (downtown)on St. Thomas to St. John. The disadvantages are that it runs less frequently and the ride is longer than the Red Hook ferry. Conversely, it saves you a taxi ride to and from Red Hook. Either way works. Like Donna, I prefer Red Hook.

There's no need to book a cab driver for the whole day on either island unless you plan to head to some remote place. On both of these islands, cabs are readily available at most attractions and beaches you're likely to visit. You might also consider renting a car for the day, particularly on St. Maarten where beach hopping can be fun.

If you want to experience a nice meal on shore, consider one of the many fine restaurants in Marigot or Grand Case on French St. Martin. Have fun!

Dawn
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old September 7th, 2000, 12:11 AM
Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Posts: 51
Default RE: Shore Excursions

For St. Thomas, we recently (end of August) took one of Carnival's tours of St. John. The tour took off at noon, and we took a ferry and bus (one way, a 45 minute trip) from there to St. John - which is awesome!! I absolutely LOVED it!! We brought our own snorkeling equipment and I think the whole excursion was about 40 per person. We had a wonderful time!! It was my favorite island - the water there was so clear and so warm and if you snorkeled out a bit you could see Brain coral and all sorts of beautiful tropical fish~! I was in love!
This was my first cruise, but I would heartily recommend St. John at Trunk Bay to you. There's a place with facilities, so you don't have to worry about being out in the middle of nowhere or in a bad area (there are no bad areas on St. John), plus there is a small place where you could get a coke or hot dog, or something to keep you over if need be. We had a fabulous time there, I could go on and on about St. John in Trunk Bay! I think I just did!

Enjoy!!
Veronica
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old September 7th, 2000, 07:39 AM
Paul Motter's Avatar
Administrator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: in my office!
Posts: 10,842
Send a message via AIM to Paul Motter
Default RE: Shore Excursions

Just for a change of pace...

One excursion I have done in St. Thomas which I also loved was the Atlantis submarine. They take you out to near Buck Island which is in a very pristine state for wildlife (people cannot get on the island). There are eels, sea turtles, rays and all kinds of fish down there. You can find the submarine ticket stand right on the water in Charlotte Amalie or you can get tickets on the ship.

I have also done the sub in Barbados, but I think the one in St. Thomas is much better.

One time we rented a boat to take us out to Buck Island just to snorkle and that was great, too. We saw squid and octopus and rays and turtles. You have to be a good swimmer, though, because you have to stay in the water (can't get on the island).
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old September 7th, 2000, 08:10 AM
hdawson
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default RE: Shore Excursions

I don't think there is a good reason to use the ship's excursion for either of these stops. Remember, on an excursion, you are tied to the group schedule and may end up limited to 1 1/2 hours at Trunk Bay and wanting to stay longer. Have heard others express this dilema. I will for example spend half my port day of St Thomas, on St John. I've purchased tram tickets before and decided not to use them. Seems like kind of a waste of limited time to ride up the side of a mountain to look at the scenery when I could be on the beach or snorkling. Just my opinion.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old September 7th, 2000, 05:38 PM
Donna's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: on my computer
Posts: 26,385
Send a message via AIM to Donna
Default RE: Shore Excursions

Hi Veronica,
Glad to hear you loved Trunk Bay as much as I do, its really beautiful and the best kind of beach day one could ask for:-)

Donnassei/Sealover
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old September 7th, 2000, 08:24 PM
Holly
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default RE: Shore Excursions

I don't usually go in big for shore excursions, but in St. Maarten my husband and I booked one for a Catamaran Sail on The Golden Eagle. They were very professional nad it was the highlight of our trip. I highly recommend it.
Reply With Quote
  #11 (permalink)  
Old September 8th, 2000, 11:44 AM
Donna's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: on my computer
Posts: 26,385
Send a message via AIM to Donna
Default RE: Shore Excursions

Hi Holly,
Have also heard thats a great excersion, will keep that one in mind for the next trip to St. Maartens, thanks for the tip.

Donnassei/Sealover
Reply With Quote
  #12 (permalink)  
Old September 11th, 2000, 03:36 PM
Elise Graninger
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default RE: Shore Excursions

My husband, 2 friends and I went on this same excursion on the Golden Eagle in St. Maarten during a Princess cruise 2 years ago. It was the highlight of our trip. I highly recommend this excursion.

Elise
Reply With Quote
  #13 (permalink)  
Old October 1st, 2000, 01:13 PM
Senior Member
Cruise Maniac
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Posts: 116
Default RE: Shore Excursions

If you are planning on taking shore excursions, be sure the shore excursion desk knows what it is doing. We had some awful experiences on the RCCL's Legend of the Seas on a recent Royal Journey from Dubai to Athens. The people at the shore excursion desk did not know what the excursions covered. They were unable to make recommendations or to answer simple questions about local transportation.
Reply With Quote
  #14 (permalink)  
Old November 27th, 2000, 06:23 AM
HAL SELKOWITZ
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default RE: Shore Excursions

We are booked on the Ryndam heading for South America. Have always wanted to see Machu Pichhu, but understand that the optional tour is $1600 pp. Is it worth it?
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How easy to get shore excursions...on shore? Wade Palmer Shore Excursions 4 April 13th, 2005 10:23 AM
shore excursions breana1963 Carnival Cruise Lines 2 March 2nd, 2004 07:33 PM
shore excursions Diane Carnival Cruise Lines 0 February 3rd, 2004 02:25 PM
Shore Excursions Sandybottom Ask CruiseMates Staff 1 October 7th, 2001 12:44 AM
ship excursions vs shore excursions rsawick Ask CruiseMates Staff 4 February 23rd, 2001 12:49 PM


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 06:45 PM.
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