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St. Thomas St. John Snorkel/Sail Excursion Reviews

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Sail from St. Thomas to nearby St. John for a relaxing afternoon on and in the water; offshore cays and reefs make St. John a premier stop for snorkeling.

lesssnowmorecruise

1 review

Good tour
This was a good tour. Organized and enjoyable. The tour guide was knowledgable and wanted to make sure everyone had a good time. I would have marked it with more stars if we had been able to snorkel, but unfortunately it was too windy. I appreciated that the cruise line let us know in advance that we might not be able to snorkel and would have refunded our fees if we had decided not to go. I would recommend this tour to others.


Provider: Celebrity Cruises

mrfviews

9 reviews

Our shore exc. got canceled last minute because of rough seas,really ? We were not informed until we boarded the ferry to St. John's. Oh well went over any way, took a taxi to the closest beach and then back into the village for chips salsa and triple Margaritas at Margarita Phill's, to drown our sorrows. Very disappointing Princess ...


Provider: Princess Cruises

brydea

1 review

St. Thomas – we broke from tradition and did a RC excursion. We did a ½ day champagne catamaran snorkel expedition. They take you to St. John to dock off a beach there to snorkel and it’s a great place with lots to see. One note though: although it is billed as a half day snorkel trip you only get to snorkel for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. The trip involves a 40 minute open air bus ride and a 45 minute boat ride each way. The guys who drove the boat were a ton of fun but just be aware of the short snorkel time.


Provider: Royal Caribbean International

julieg3

1 review

We took the "All inclusive Trunk Bay Snorkel" excursion. Trunk Bay was stunning. The reef is marked, so while snorkeling, you can see what some of the coral and some of the marine life are called, and they are abundant. Keep in mind there are no chairs there, so if you have a hard time getting on and off the ground you might want to reconsider this. There is also no shelter, which wouldn't matter, except that it poured while we were there. Neither of these things would in any way lessen my decision to do this excursion again. There are not showers so you can head back to the St. Thomas ferry clean.


Provider: Celebrity Cruises

slee14

2 reviews

We took this tour so that our son and daughter-in-law could get idea of St. John USVI. They went to a small beach there and we snorkled and swam ashore to lay out some on the beach. During our return back to St. Thomas we were served cheese and bread and choice of beer, champagne or rum punch.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

SamanthaH

1 review

Sailed on the Champagne Cat with Grady, kenny and Mickey! They were so much fun and knew how to host a GREAT party. They really know their stuff about the islands, snorkelling and safety. We miss them already and hope to see them again in the future.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND TAKING THIS TOUR! Nothing like St. John!


Provider: Princess Cruises

jdpitzer

1 review

Did the boat ride to St. John, the ride along the coast looking at beaches and then a trip to Trunk Bay. Could have skipped the boat ride to look at the beaches and just get the taxi to Trunk Bay. Great beach and snorkeling. After snorkeling, we came back to Cruz bay and went to Woodies, Kenny Chesney's hang-out. Fun place with good, cold beer and we had some very good shark bites.


Provider: Royal Caribbean International

sabres431

1 review

We did the half day St. John Champagne Sail through the cruise ship. What a great time! There was a nice ride out to honeymoon beach on the catamaran. There was plenty of time to snorkel and/or hang out on the beach. On the way back we had a nice leisurely sail to St. Thomas. They provided cheese, bread, and fruit as well as rum punch and other drinks. I thought it was well worth it.


Provider: Royal Caribbean International

mbc1983

1 review

We did the the excursion to St John's, we had done Maaghan's Bay before. Beautiful beach and great snorkeling!


Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

kaykels

9 reviews

We sailed with Jester Sails and loved loved loved it! The Capt and his mate were laid back and fun and we just totally enjoyed the day.


Provider: Independent Operator

IAmSonOfASonOfASailor

1 review

St. John Champagne Catamaran Sailaway was great. The crew was fun and knowledgeable.


Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

mommacruiserof3

1 review

Although we couldn't snorkel because of strong tides, the beach at Trunk Bay was GORGEOUS!

Provider: Princess Cruises

CanuckAlberta

3 reviews

Was a little rushed by the time you take a boat over from St Thomas to St John then a bus to Trunk Bay but beach and snorkeling were very good.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

jaluca04

2 reviews

This was a great excursion. Ferry ride with a great tour of St. Thomas and surrounding islands. Snorkeling was so-so, but the beach was stunning. Facilities were great. Worth doing.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

aseligman

1 review

Went to Trunk Bay on St. John. Great beach, very good snorkeling.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Tweekey

1 review

The ride to the boat was not fun! you must sign a release form first! Drinking and driving is not a crime here. But the sail was wonderful. Ryan and Chris were fun and knowledgeable. the rum punch was good and so was the music

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

isupilot

1 review

We took the St. John Champagne Catamaran Sailaway excursion. Due to the winds and sea conditions that day, we had to go to an alternative sight -- which was Christmas Cove near Great St James island. We took a 20 minute bus ride to the other side of the island and launched out on the catamaran. We had an American crew led by young captain Eddy. The crew was great -- very informative and lots of fun. The snorkeling itself wasn't that great as we didn't see much marine life. After snorkeling, the rum punch and champagne began flowing. They take a longer route back to the dock and give you plenty of time to drink -- all while dancing and partying to music. Let's just say we drank a little too much, as we don't remember the drive back to the cruise terminal or getting back on the ship!

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

Zwicks8

1 review

St John Trunk Bay Beach. Stunning!!!! A must do! Wish we would have had more time there but were happy with the time we did have.

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

6girls2boys

1 review

Well run and a good thing to do There were 5 ships in port and we wanted to avoid the crowds. Pleasant sail, not too many fish, good crew. St Thomas looked crowded and run down. Glad we didn't stay there.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

phantompiper

1 review

Rain showers cleared up just in time to enjoy the spectacular reef and beach on St. John. The only things keeping this from a 5-star rating - poor restroom on the catamaran. Very very basic marine toilet with no running water. Have been on other catamaran snorkelling tours (Beaches Turks & Caicos) with more humane facilities. Also - the very persistent reminders, including a suggestion of 15% - 20% of the tour price, that apparently, the catamaran crew do not get paid by the owner, and rely 100% on cash gratuities for their livelihood. Tip jar held in the face of everyone as they disembarked. Took the shine off an otherwise beautiful morning. Also struck by the garbage everywhere along the roadways in St. Thomas. Maybe with no sales tax they can't afford to pick it up. If I lived in a Caribbean tourist paradise I'd sure want to keep it a bit cleaner.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

capequeen

1 review

Lots of fun, light lunch and good entertainment. Plenty of time to snorkel and swim and enjoy the beautiful waters of Turtle Cove. Unfortunately, I had a mishap and fell rather hard on the platform going onto the beach shuttle and hurt my left knee rather badly.

Provider: Princess Cruises

russelltim

1 review

We took the St John Champagne tour. This was the only excursion I pre-booked. I have snorkelled in the BVI in the past and hoped this would be of similar quality. The crew was nice and efficient and the time went by very quickly. Probably about a 3 hr trip when you take off the bus trip to and from the destination. Leaves about an hour in the water, I did see a turtle and various fish but the reef we went to at Caneel Bay wasn't all that great. There was a strong current you needed to fight against all the way as well. The snorkeling around Virgin Gorda had been much better. We took a similar excursion in Cuba last year from Cayo Coco that was better for snorkeling. As promised there was rum punch, Champagne and beer for the return trip.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

ShiningC

1 review

St. John was incredibly awesome. I have been there many times and it never disappoints. We opted to head to St. John as we arrived in St. Thomas on New Year's Day along with 7 (yes SEVEN) other cruise ships and wanted to get away from the crowds. Though high surf prevented us from snorkeling everyone in our group felt this was the best port and best day of the cruise.

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

klemeci

6 reviews

Great day on St. Thomas & St. John for a sail & snorkel. We were on the Champagne Cat and the crew was fantastic. The snorkeling spot was great, we saw sea turtles, squid, lots of colorful fish and had a wonderful time. The 'rum' punch on the way back was missing the 'rum' but otherwise tasted okay. They were pretty pushy about tipping them, asking for 20% tip of the ticket price. But overall it was a good trip.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

corgimomx3

2 reviews

This was a great snorkel spot. We saw several turtles and really enjoyed the beautiful secluded spot. Please note, the drive to the dock took a long time. We were at a small cruise-port away from the regular terminal. One passenger on the taxi started to faint from heat and exhaust fumes. Please keep this in mind. Also, it is a long ride back to the ship and there are no restrooms. When they tell you to use the restroom on the catamaran, do it!

Provider: Holland America Line

aimelearning

1 review

St. Thomas is our favorite Caribbean destination. We had never been to St. John and frankly, we couldn't make up our minds until the last minute as to what to do. We finally decided on the catamaran to St. John. This was a very fun excursion. The crew was great, the snorkeling okay, but the journeys over and back were really the key to the success of the excursion. A very good day.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

Sraz

1 review

Trunk Bay is awesome this is my second time on this island and I went to Trunk Bay both times Beautiful!!

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

OrangeHunter

1 review

The crew of the catamaran was awesome! We were able to see coral reef, beautiful fish and a turtle! The crew also gave us tons of information about the area and helped us to get an idea of what life on the island is like. They were personable and a lot of fun!

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

rbdmb

1 review

No sailing, but a fast boat ride to two areas to snorkel. It was a fun crew with lots of rum on the return. What you see is better than the Florida keys but not spectacular, unless you have never dived or snorkeled on "virgin" atolls as I have done in the Pacific. My wife had only done the Florida Keys so she was thrilled and that was all that mattered.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

zoof26

2 reviews

Did the sail away. Wonderful trip! Great crew, made new friends. Drank rum punch/champagne/beer on the way back. Snorkeling was excellent in St Johns. Saw turtles, sting rays, tons of fish. Nice beach to relax on if you don't want to snorkel the entire time.

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

soundtracklover

2 reviews

I was unenthusiastic about this tour when I found out it was a 50 boat ride out and a 50 minute boat ride back. Our ride out was partially in the sun, so we had to keep ourselves from baking. My husband got burned pretty badly in a few locations because he was furthest in the sun. The boat company itself was good. They gave a decent tour and commentary on the way out to St John. Once to St John, we took a bus ride to Trunk Bay for snorkeling. By the time you got a locker for your things and got your snorkeling gear I believe we had only about an hour to snorkel. There was someone on the beach to remind you to return to the bus so being left behind wasn't really a threat. There were taxis if you missed your bus though. There was no reason this excursion needed to be rushed. We could have easily had another hour at the beach and been back to port in plenty of time.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

LOVER OF LIFE

1 review

TURTLE COVE SAIL AND SNORKEL WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF OUR RC TRIP. LOTS OF TUTRLES STAFF EXCEPTIONAL

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

bonesdad

1 review

Champagne Cat and snorkel on St. John's Honeymoon Beach was amazing. Captain and crew were fun, funny and very helpful. Plenty of beautiful fish to see on our first snorkeling experience. Beautiful day, beautiful islands and everything looked even better after 6 rum punches! We had a blast and cannot wait to go back to USVI to see more!

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

LOP

4 reviews

Having vacationed on St. Thomas and St. John previously all we wanted to do was get to Trunk Bay with as little effort as possible. Take our advice and although the ship's tour is a nice option, grab a cab from the pier to Red Hook Ferry landing and take the 20 minute smooth ferry ride to St. John and then cab to Trunk Bay and then return to downtown St. John for shopping/eating. OR take the ship tour from the dock and ride the stomach churning 45 minute boat ride to St. John. Your choice.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

Tuey

1 review

Great snorkeling at honeymoon bay. Saw sea turtles and stingrays and beautiful fish. Great crew of the Adventuress.

Provider: Princess Cruises

hlhp3

1 review

This sailboat tour is the top rated activity on Tripadvisor so we were excited about it. It cost us about $300 - so our most expensive excursion. The tour through Morningstar Charters is supposed to be a sailboat ride from St. Thomas over to St. Johns, snorkeling at a few spots, and lunch. Unfortunately for us - there was no wind. It was a total freak thing - Captain Mike said he has only seen it like that 6 times overall in the last decade. So very rare. We weren't able to sail at all during the trip so it was just motoring along slowly for us. That meant we only got to go to one stop - honeymoon bay - at St. Johns. The other dissappointment was the boat. The boat pictured on their website was being painted so they took us on a smaller boat which was very run down. It is rented out to a guy to sleep in at night and he clearly doesn't take very good care of it. Captain Mike kept telling us how it was a very prestigious, old boat, but the bottom line was that it wasn't very nice. Now, for the good stuff. Captain Mike was wonderful - kind, helpful. The lunch was fantastic. Honeymoon Bay was beautiful - I swam with turtles, took fantastic pictures. I don't know if I'd do this again because it didn't turn out like it was supposed to because of the lack of wind. A suggestion for Morningstar Charters would be to have snacks. A suggestion if you go - take something for sea sickness if you need it.

Provider: Independent Operator

momofteens3

2 reviews

We booked the half-day St. John Champagne tour. The excursion started out on a local "bus" part way around the island, approx 25 minutes to the site of the catamaran. We boarded the catamaran and made our way to St. John's island. We got to see some great views on board of the island and of the other smaller islands nearby. Once we docked at St. John's we could jump off the catamaran to snorkel right there or you could take the dingy into the beach area to start snorkeling there or just relax on the beach. The snorkeling lasted for an hour or so. Once back on board, they served cocktails and cheese/fruit and entertained you. We enjoy sailing so this was an awesome excursion for us with great views.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

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