I am looking to book some shore excursions for St. Thomas, San Juan and Grand Turk. My husband heard something about dune buggies on Grand Turk. Is anyone familiar with this? We have two daughters, twins who are 14. I am hoping to find something that will appeal to all of us. Do you usually book privately or through the cruise line? We are cruising on the Carnival Freedom. I appreciate any help you can offer as I am new to this!
I did this itinerary last May. If you are thinking of the dune buggies for Grand Turk - book online with Carnival ASAP!. I waited to long and it fills up super quick. We ended up doing the glass bottom kayak - don't waste your $$$.
San Juan is a good "do it yourself" place. The Bacardi Rum factory is there- your twins might enjoy it - kind of a musuem / movie with a gift shop and 2 free drinks for the adults. There are the 2 forts (El Morro and San Cristobal) and lots of shopping in the old towne all with in walking distance.
St. Thomas - go snorkeling and to Paradise Point. I have booked this through the ship. However, I think next time we will try a local tour operator (Godfrey's gets good reviews on this board). There is a fairly large shopping "mall" where you dock.
Have fun 8)
Sensation (without KathieLee) July 2001
Paradise (smokefree) March 2002
Valor (inaugural season) May 2005
Truimph May 2007
Fascination (1st time w/DD) May 2008
Pride (with DD & DS) November 2009
If you are planning a beach day Grand Turk is the place to do it. Excellent beach just as you walk off the ship. Beach chairs and cabana type shelters are available. No taxi needed. Ship is docked so it is easy to go back aboard for lunch if you choose or there is a huge Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville with restrooms, and pool right there also. Use of all these areas is free.
San Juan - depending upon what time you dock i would book a ships excursion to the ElYunge Rainforest, it is amazinly beautiful
St. Thomas - beach, snorkel & shop. If you are into snorkeling or want to give it a try then i would highly suggest that you get over to St. John Island it is each just takes a bit of time go to www.vinow.com for ferry schedules & beach information. Do it on your own, very easy. If you want to stay on St. Thomas proper then i would recommend Sapphire Beach. IF you dock at Havensight there is a nice mall right there and the Paradise Point Tramway is a short walking distance from that pier
The dune buggy excursion in Grand Turk is only available thru the cruise line - the operator's website explicitly states that only locals can book independently. We were advised to book this ASAP, because like others have stated, this one fills up fast...so if you're interested go book it on the Carnival site ASAP.