“St. John National Park Catamaran Sail & Snorkel” (4.5 hours)
Long ride in open-air “jitney” over bumpy roads on St. Thomas to board catamaran. Really enjoyed the “sail” and time on Honeymoon Beach on St. John. Transferred to beach via dinghy. (A possible problem for mobility impaired as it was “rocking and rolling” as we climbed into the dinghy from the ship’s ladder.) Beach was beautiful and some spread out towels while others rented beach lounge chairs. Saw snorkelers from this same company, the “St. John Champagne Cat,” but our tour off the “Star” wasn’t provided snorkel gear and we were discouraged from snorkeling with our own masks and snorkels. Catamaran crew didn’t want to discuss the reason. We had been told earlier when we arrived on the “Star” that the tour would no longer include snorkeling. Not sure why but no partial refund offered. Notice that the excursion description on the Viking web site still says “Sail & Snorkel” so you may want to check whether this was only a temporary situation.
Crew very attentive, professional about safety (snorkeling) comfortable boat, good equipment. Very safe and fun experience. We sailed to Honeymoon Beach great location, beautiful beach. Drinks and snacks great. Could have been more snacks available.
Snorkeled and sailed on the Castaway Girl III, with captain Jolene and crew. Best excursion of the cruise by far. Professional, organized, plenty of fish and turtles to see at the snorkel site. Great time sailing back to port with rum punch and champagne.
Outbound was fine but there was confusion for return ferry. We had 4 different guides/drivers - outbound ferry, taxi to park, snorkel at park, same taxi back to dock, different return ferry. No one could figure out or tell us what was going on.
Besides that, the snorkeling was poor. Very few fish, cloudy water. Trunk Bay is beautiful.
Great trip with experienced crew and catamaran. Went to two different snorkel sites and then got to have rum punch drinks on way back. Very entertaining and fun trip. Water was a bit choppy to enjoy the snorkeling but we did see turtles and fish and a shipwreck.
Boarded a fantastic Pirate ship and off we sailed to Christmas Cove (approx.35 min): We set anchor off an uninhabited islet for swimming and snorkeling with many friendly sea turtles. There were a few other boats anchored but we has no difficulty running into other people as some of the reviews stated. Next stop was Honeymoon Beach where we opted to swim ashore. Soft white sand beaches welcomed us to a great BBQ Lunch, (all included). We enjoyed chicken, ribs, veggies and salads at lunch and hit the beach volley ball court to play with a few locals right after. Had a great time! Finally back on the boat, the rum was really flowing! Lots of drinks. laughs & great music.
We did the St. John's Champagne Sail and Snorkel excursion booked through NCL. The boat captain (Theresa) and crew (Brandon and Connor) were friendly and a lot of fun. The sail over was great and the snorkeling was a lot of fun. The party really begins on the way back and we had a blast. Can't recommend this enough.
We did the Buck Island sail/snorkel. The crew of the "Stars and Stripes" catamaran was incredible. They were very attentive towards everyone, very engaged in the group, and were constantly asking if we had enough to eat/drink (provided free).
It was a 30 minute or so ride to the eastern side of St. Thomas. The ride was interesting, but long. When we finally arrived, we boarded the Adventurer Catamaran and we were on our way to St John. It was a beautiful and informative 40 minute cruise to St John's beach where we snorkled and took a beach break. The waters were clearer than when we snorkeled in Antigua, our tour guide told us the best places to swim to see more colorful fish. We spend about 1.5 hrs here before climbing back on board for some champagne, rum punch, cheese and fresh bread (all included in excursion price). We took a nice slow ride back to the dock, we even saw a dolphin directly under the net of the catamaran! couldn't whip out the camera quick enough though. That was AWESOME! I recommend this tour for sure.
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