We have been on this many times and really enjoy Trunk Bay, but I would suggest extending the time as we only had approximately 1 - 1 1/2 hours for snorkeling on a 4 hour tour. Suggestion: charge a little more and extend the time.
We did the catamaran/snorkel at St. John (Honeymoon Beach) w/open bar and had a fantastic time. This excursion was booked last minute due to the one the day before being cancelled and we were so glad we booked this. Best time ever.
This was the Champagne Catamaran Snorkel/Sail. You take a big (4 row) open safari jeep to the dock. You board a large wile catamaran,,,with a bar, bathroom, tables with seats. We had bad weather so we went to St, James instead. Some people snorkeled. They served champagne, fresh baked bread, assorted cheeses. The Captain and the Crew were wonderful. So entertaining. So worth it.
We've done this excursion on the Champagne Cat several times before. Once again, we had a great day...these guys do a fantastic job all the way around. Very safety-conscious, yet fun-loving trio of guys. We saw plenty of fish at Honeymoon Bay. The dock is about a 20-minute ride from the ship, and the excursion includes an open-air shuttle ride.
Buck Island Catamaran and snorkel...great crew and scenic trip...sea state not too rough for the trip, but rough enough so that we didn't see too much underwater. Weather factor and no reflection on the crew.
“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.
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