St. Thomas St. John Tour Excursion Reviews
Beautiful beaches. Tour okay. When dropped off at beach to snorkel, told we were returning in 1.5 hours. Excursion description was 2.5. By the time you waited in line for equipment, get to beach, get in the water and snorkel, it left little time to enjoy. Our tour felt misled and disappointed. Too rushed. Went to National Park Visitors Center at ferry dock. Rushed again.
We had never been to St. John and heard that it was really pretty and unspoiled, so we choose this excursion from the cruise line. We had a good trip to St. John on a good sized boat. The trip was fairly rough, so if you are prone to motion sickness, be prepared. On arriving at the island, we boarded open air busses and had a good tour of the island with a little time for shopping, if desired. The tour wets your appetite to spend more time on St. John. The trip back was on the same boat. I would recommend this shore excursion.
we booked a St. Thomas Tour on the ship ... reasonalbe price. Took us to the mountain top (very fast internet in the souvenir store, where you have an hour). Beautiful views of the green-blue ocean. Then over to the other mountain to the skyride. Great experience. It is US so I could download movies off my Amazon prime account for the rest of the cruise ... and use the US cell
Our party of 7 took the transfer from Charlotte Amalie harbor to Cruz Bay on St. John. This is a 40 minute trip if it is not too rough. It was rough and those on the port side got soaked, but we made it in 40 minutes. There were open busses waiting to take us to Trunk Bay, charge $6.00. after about a 15 minute trip, we arrived at Trunk Bay, charge $4.00. Fins, snorkels, etc. for rent. change space with showers available. There is an underwater trail which I first visited over 50 years ago. And, I had a mango colada, which was the best drinks of its kind on the entire trip. The beach is glorious. After about 3 hours, we loaded back into the bus, charge $6.00, and returned to Cruz Bay. On the way we got a look at Caneel Bay, where we once lived, now charging $20.00 to park, sign, and $15.00 for a rum and coke, hearsay.. The trip back took 40 minutes, we were offered rum punch and the staff sold tee shirts. It was too late to go into town but some of the stores near the dock in walking distance of the ship were not open. I wanted to buy perfume. No luck. Jewel was the only ship in port on that day.
The beaches on St. John were beautiful. Knowing what I know now the next time I go to St. Thomas. I will go over to St. John's and stay at the beaches there. They were far less crowded Trunk Bay. For example, look to be 30 to 40 people, compared to Megan's bay on St. Thomas was very crowded with about 2000 people
We did the St. John on your own tour. You get on a ferry right by the cruise ship, it takes you to St. John. It was ok, but hard to hear the narration & not nice seating, bit bumpy ride. It was fine.
The ferry was terrific, staff nice and informative. Transports to the beach were open air, driver polite. Ride is pretty scary, large drop-offs, lots of hills and curves. The National Park Guide who tells you about snorkeling here, protecting coral, etc. is pretty efficient in getting you to the beach. The beach itself is magnificent. Snorkel trail fun to do. The problem is that we barely had an hour here. Don't worry about what is at the snack bar or how much to rent a chair because if you want to take a couple of pictures, snorkel for a half hour, and have time to change your clothes, you will not have time for anything else. Literally. I would love to go back but not as a part of this excursion.
After your tour you are left with little to do. Had we gotten off at the beach it would have been a better day. Difficult to get to St. Johns on your own.
We took the much hailed tour of St John's national park. What a disappointment. The ferry ride over was lovely and we got to see great houses etc. The bus for the tour was open air (and many of us had thought it was supposed to be air conditioned). We were crowded into the bus and it was a really hot day. So this was not very nice. The guide had a set patter which was not very interesting. The tour consisted only of driving through a forest and stopping at six places to get out (difficult with all the people) and take pictures of a beach. Just like cathedrals in Europe, after two or three, you never want to see any more. The final stop was at an old rum factory (read ruins) and we were dropped off with nary an explanation for 10 minutes. Overall, I would give this a pass
Decent tour, we went upon Mother in law's suggestion. The boat ride was nice and it included a nice historical and geographical narration. Not much to see on St. John, but there were a lot of chickens running around and we saw a wild donkey. My son loved that. Back on St. Thomas there is just basic crappy shopping, but there are better prices around in the Caribbean, such as St. Martin.
a great tour boat trip to st john and a lovely bus tour around the island
Our driver / tour guide was excellent, tour vehicle comfortable and the sights completely amazing. I'm ready to move!
We'd been to St Thomas as well (note that since this is US, you could use your cell phones). We'd heard that the island had beautiful beaches and wanted to enjoy one. Since we were leaving the island, we chose to book through Royal Caribbean. We called RC and asked if there was a beach near the drop-off point and were told yes. We booked the excursion that includes a 30 minute tour of the coastline. Most of the people were dropped off and then we were taken on the coastline tour. This wasn't worth it - it did give us an idea of which beach to go to, but that's it. The boat operator did tell us that there was a beach within a 20 minute walk over a hill, but it was hot and we didn't want to do that. We set out to find the beach near the harbor. Basically there wasn't one. We found a beach area between the marina and restaurants, but no one was on it and it didn't seem to be for bathers. We talked to an expat who said that we shouldn't swim there due what the boaters dump there. She advised us to go to Trunk Bay, so we walked back to find a cab. At that point we had 2 problems: 1. When we docked, there was a cab waiting to take us to where we wanted to go. There were cabs between where we docked and where we were, but our driver was waiting for the other tourist boat that just docked, trying to get more business, so we waited awhile before leaving. 2. We'd only brought $40 in cash, which seemed plenty at the time since a beach was nearby and we would only buy drinks and maybe postcards. It's $6 pp one way plus $4 pp to get into the national park. We did have enough money, but not much. Fortunately, I'd packed water and trail mix so we were good. There was an excursion that includes the entrance fee - I'd consider that one next time. The beach was a national park - it had showers and decent bathrooms. There was also a shop that we didn't check out. The beach was beautiful, but that's all here was - no chairs or umbrellas and not much shade. There is vegetation that bumps up against the beach - several people were camped out in openings in the vegetation. We walked all the way to the end and found an area that was shady. We used our spring floats and got in the water. We were there for a short amount of time since we wanted to make sure we got back on time. We couldn't have stayed much later, as the park was closing as we were leaving.
The ride to St. John aboard The Island Girl was very smooth. The tour guide David, was very knowledgeable and entertaining. He shared a lot of personal experiences about living in St. Thomas. The tour guide in St. Johns was also knowledgeable - but not much to see on the island.
We enjoyed this tour very much.
Really enjoyed the excursion to St. John, with about 1.5-2 hours to relax and enjoy Trunk Bay. Only complaint is that the stay on St. Thomas is so short that we had to choose between exploring St. Thomas or going on the St. John excursion.
His was the best tour really interesting
We should have booked only one tour
St John is well worth visiting..the beaches are empty and the prettiest anywhere. We would have liked more time in town to shop, but other than that, the tour was great.
St. Thomas: We booked the land excursion tour of St. Johns thru NCL. 45 minute ferry ride to St. Johns which was quite rough the day we went. We toured the entire island and it was BEAUTIFUL. Pristine white sand beaches, not congested and quite. Definitely a place we will visit for a week or so in the future. Only lacks a GOLF COURSE, otherwise it is perfect.
We boarded a boat and went to St. Johns . Once on shore we werte put on a bus and went to the beach. The waters and beaches in St. john were picturesque. The water was either blue or turquoise
and absolutely pristine. The US protects these beaches .
not much to see snorkeling but a pleasure to swim and take in the sun
St. John was very nice Island to visit. Beautiful beaches. But could have had a little bit more of time on the excursion. Did not get a chance to see much of St.Thomas except the port. Would recommend staying at St.Thomas for a few nights outside of cruise though. Very safe and family friendly.
Best port for us - took a independent tour which was good.
The only port that had multiple ships in port with ours. Glad we went early in the season. St Thomas can host 6 ships a day...
We got off the ship and went to the taxi station and observed. We grabbed and open air 'van' for a 2-3 hour tour of the sights. It was a decent tour and hit the highlights. He dropped us off at the be each at the end and we spent the rest of the time just relaxing.
St John was incredible. The water was warm and clear. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable. This was a trip highlight. Was ironically one of the least expensive excursions available too!
I took a ferry ride from st thomas to St Johns. The historical tour was excellent-saw the ruins of an old sugarmill plantation. The beach views were BREATHTAKING!!!! Just beautiful.
Took about a one hr ferry ride to St. Johns. The ride over was very rough (take something for sea sickness if you are sensitive to motion). Once we got there, I was ready to get off of the ferry. We had to remain on the boat if we were taking a tour of the island by boat. The actual tour was fairly short, but the ride was calm this time. They showed us a view of numerous beaches. We then got off of the ferry boat and took cab to Trunk Bay (the visit to Trunk bay was not actually a part of the excursion). There was a cab charge of about 6.00 per person each way and a 4.00 per person charge for the beach. If we would have known, we probably could have just purchased a ferry ride to St. John's and then took a cab to the beach for less $.