I enjoyed seeing a different island. The tour driver was friendly, funny, and knowledgeable about the area. The tour was just the right length of time, but sadly it poured rain when we arrived back in St. Thomas, so we missed spending time there.
We did a ferry ride to St John with time at Trunk Bay. The ferry, "Island Girl," picked us up right next to the cruise ship - very easy! - and we loved the informative ride. Good mix of information on natural features and celebrity houses. Trunk Bay itself is marvelous. I was worried it would be too crowded, but we found a great spot under a tree and just enjoyed the day. We brought a stroller (I know, to the beach!) - it was actually perfect for letting our daughter nap under the tree, because she wouldn't have been able to use a rental beach chair. Transportation to and from the ferry at St John is via open air safari Jeep type things. Fun way to ride (but no car seats!)
This should have been a good tour, and to be fair the majority of our fellow passengers had a really good guide. Once off the ferry we were told to follow that man, which we did. He led us to a little bus which had long bench seats in the back which were already full. We started to look for another bus but he insisted we get in behind him (his bus had a crew cab behind the driver) this meant my friend who is 91 years old and only 4'8" tall had to crawl in as there was no step. He never helped her at all. Then to add insult to injury he made another 2 adults get in with us, 4 adults in a seat for 3 people! Everything he was asked he said he didn't know. He also told us we were not scheduled to stop at the old sugar refinery but as a favour he would take us there. It clearly stated on our tickets that this was part of the tour. I complained to the Shore Excursion team when we got back and they were horrified and actually gave us a small credit for having such a poor experience. I hope they complained to the Island and had this so called guide reprimanded and re-educated.
Booked through RCL, beach was great trunk bay, but could not snorkel, because of rough waves. Did enjoy the water, pounding waves were fun, good work out.
Shore excursion guy, not nice, no info, ??? I don't know why he has that job.
We have been to St. Thomas before, so we took an excursion to St. John's. Good choice. St. John's is predominantly U.S. Park land. Consequently, the terrain is unspoiled by development. If you want to see a relatively undeveloped Island in its natural state, this is the place
This tour was well worth the cost! We had a great cruise on a ferry boat and saw homes like one that belonged to Carol Burnett and Michael Jackson. Trunk Bay Beach is one of the 10 best in the world . It is unique with calm water for great swimming but a super snorkel area close by a large rock out from the shore. Our only disappointment was that Elvis who was asked to take the overload (us) of tourists did not stop for us to get a pic when he said that he would on the return trip and he had a perfect spot at the lookout to do it. He was reliable at making sure we got back on his bus. However, if you want great photos , do the tour without the beach break as they stop a lot
Loved the open air van! The boat ride back was a challenge as it rained pretty hard most of the way back, but fun nonetheless! St. Johns is beautiful and we would liked to have spent more time there. Must go back!
Our tour guide was wonderful - stopping many times for pictures. The ship, however, apparently wasn't aware that everyone was going to need to get back on the ship at 1:30pm and left hundreds and hundreds of us on the pier standing in the hot sun all trying to get back on through one entrance. They finally opened a second one.
While the beginning of the tour was good, for the last half of the tour we were dropped off at a beach and were expected to take a taxi back to meet the ferry to our ship. Since the excursions through the ship generally cost more than independently-booked excursions, AND there's a guarantee that they will get you back to the ship on time, I expected better service than just being dropped off at a beach to grab our own taxi. I was VERY disappointed in the level of service provided on this excursion.
For the shore excursion we booked through RCL on St. Thomas, no guide from the ship even showed up to tell us what the tour was all about for the day. Although the brochure tells you what it entails but at least, someone from the ship could have told us more in details as to what to expect for the day. Once we were on the bus, we had to find out from the driver where he was taking us next! The 5 Star Island tour was pathetic and a waste of money. It began with a shopping tour, then to Megan beach, which was practically a local public beach and looked so unimpressive that not too many people on our bus bothered to swim! Then another drive up the mountain to an overlook deck behind a shop for you to take pictures. That was all for the tour of St. Thomas!
We simply paid for the boat ride to St. John..."St. John's on your own" was the name of the excursion. From the dock we took a cab to Truck Bay! Breathtaking beach. Again, a small fee was required for admittance, but that kept peddlers away. You could rent chairs and snorkeling equipment. Changing rooms and showers were available and nicely kept. Closest thing to heaven I have ever experienced! Highly recommend!
The St. John tour was very nice, and Chris, our guide was very informative. It is clear that he loves his home and loves to share it's beauty.
I do wish, however, that we had done the St. John Snorkel excursion, as the water is lovely, and on the land tour, you make a very brief stop at a beach.
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