St. Thomas Beach Break Excursion Reviews
We went on the Magen's Bay beach excursion. It was a beautiful beach, clean with warm, calm water. There were washroom facilities, change rooms and a restaurant and bar. You could rent lounge chairs for $10. Lots of Palm trees and picnic tables gave some shade. We went in the afternoon and it was a relaxing way to spend 2-1/2 hours. My only complaint was it could have been longer. It is a very hilly, winding road to get there.
I took the Magen's Beach excursion and it was the biggest waste of time and money…I left a detailed description on the NCL website as a review - and it's disappeared (no surprise) from that website. First of all, we were picked up at 12:30 so we missed the (beautiful) morning at the beach. Our transport was open air tram and the rude and belligerent driver pushed 5 people per bench in the car I was in (my friends who were in a different car said there were only 4 people per bench in their car). So we were pushed together like sardines in the heat and the driver took us to the beach about 10 minutes late for unknown reasons. We get to the beach - which is supposed to be one of the most beautiful beaches…not in my book - and we have to get in line to rent lounge chairs, then drag them to a free spot on the beach which took about 20 minutes. Once we had our spot and could relax, it was fine, but then we had to do the same to return our chair. All in all, we only had about an hour and a half on the beach and had to pay $14 to rent two chairs. In speaking to other cruisers, we found out that we could have taken a taxi from the pier to the same beach at 10 am and been able to enjoy the beach for hours more - for less money than this excursion. Save your money and take a taxi from the pier. Or take a taxi to Sapphire Beach, which someone recommended after the fact.
St. Thomas is amazing, it was the tour that brought this port rating down. I could have caught a cab to the beach (Magen's Bay) cheaper and stayed for longer.
Found a private beach where it was just my partner and me. forgot the beach name, a woman's name it was.
We have been here several times. It has beautiful beaches and great snorkeling. We did the Coral World Ocean Park excursion, which included a beach. It starts with a short bus ride to the park and a narrator. I like tours like this because you get to see some of the island and locals. The park itself is very nice, kind of like a mini Sea World, with stingray feedings, big turtles, feeding sharks, etc. This is where the helmet underwater excursion takes place and you can actual go below water and watch them. We will do the helmet excursion next time. After spending an hour at the Coral World Park, we walked the few feet to the beach (I think Cokey Beach). It was a small beach but there were local vendors for chairs and food. We paid $5 each chair. My husband had his own snorkeling gear and said the water was very clear. The water seemed very easy to float in. I enjoyed the water and got a good tan. We stayed on the beach for an hour and then headed back to our bus to take us back to the ship. Coral World Ocean Park has a place to eat, shops, and nice bathrooms. We changed on the ship, had lunch and got back off the ship to walk around. We liked this excursion and port.
Beach was a bit crowded, but fun.
The beach getaway was fun. Be prepared to wade in waist deep water to get to shore. A waterproof bag is a good idea because most had to hold towels, cameras, wallets above their heads. The beach isn't the prettiest but there were 2 eating places. The one we were directed to have great fish tacos at $10/plate. Kids liked the smoothies. It rained for awhile so we just kicked back under a weathered shelter and enjoyed the view. Overall, I would recommend this tour. Next time I would go back to St. John and enjoy it's underdeveloped splendor.
Snorkled here after Coral World Tour - Kids had great time feeding fish dog biscuits in the reefs.
Beautiful island! We are thinking of going for a holiday! We went on an excursion and then shopped. Wish we had more time here although, we know it was a long day. Beautiful view of the ships in the port owned by residents. So hot and sunny. Loved everything about it.
For shoppers, St. Thomas offers the best shoppingof all of the ports of call we stopped at. We did not shop at any of the stores off the pier as the offerings were not different than the other islands.
Downtown St. Thomas is worth exploring, there is lots of shopping, lots of restaurants and the opportunity to learn about the culture of the island.
The beach excursion to Megan's Bay on the ship costs $35 US, per person, for a stop at rakes point and drive to the beach. The local transportation, available at the pier, will take you there for $4 US, per person. There is no stop at Drake's Point but there is lots of beautiful scenery to photo on the way there.
The cruise part basically consisted of picking up passengers from other ships. There was live music and cold drinks were available. The beach break was at Honeymoon beach for about 1.5 hours. The water and beach was very nice and not too crowded. Chairs were available to rent, and food carts were present for burgers etc.
This was a lovely tour of scenic points, a botanical garden, and a 2 hour beach break which was relaxing and delightful to walk,
Small beach only a $2-$3 ride away from our ships spot...but there are two docks.
All the St John excursions were booked with the cruise line. I had researched briefly on google what to do to get to St John without cruise line assistance. We took a taxi from cruise ship to Red Hook--about 30-35 minute drive and cost $11.00 per person plus tip each way. Then we purchased a round trip water ferry ticket from Red Hook to St John--cost $28.00 for two people. Runs on the top of every hour. It was 15 minutes by Ferry to St John. Then we caught a taxi at ferry port to Trunk Bay--cost $6.00 per person plus tip each way. It is a US National Park Beach, so there is a $4.00 per person adult admission price. There are restrooms and clean water showers. Beach is only open until 4:30 PM each day. There were refreshments available to purchase. You can also rent chairs. I do not think we ended up spending a whole lot more than the cruise line passengers excursions.
Trunk Bay was amazing!!! Crystal Clear water, white powder soft sand beaches, and a guided snorkeling path. I had my own equipment, however, I think there was equipment available to rent. The temperature in St. John was cooler than St John. It is also far less crowded. We actually caught up with the cruise line passenger excursion. However, since we went independently, we were able to spend more time at the beach :))
Excellent choice and very cheap. Don't book it on the ship.
We took a taxi (driver stayed with us) to Megan's Beach. Hands down the most beautiful site we had ever seen. Great beach for swimming. Rentals for snorkeling, paddle boarding, etc. Mountains right beside beach on both sides. Great bar with drinks (oh my, ONE is enough) especially since you'll be there bright and early. It also had snacks and great fruit slushes with real fruit for the kids.
We did the shopping/Magans Bay Beach trip. Not worth the $. Shopping was in downtown straw market area. Shopping next to ship much better. Magans Bay pretty and calm water. You can take an open air taxi with 15-20 ppl to beach much cheaper.
Magen's Bay beach break. Beautiful beach, no complaints.
We got shopping, informational tour of the island & beach time -all for $30 PP, great time!!!!
Well organized, also at the Sapphire Beach itself, where we were at the resort. Loungers were reserved for us at prime location, with a food service if desired.
Magden's Bay is as beautiful as they say one of the most 10 most beautiful beaches in the world not to be missed
To explain the "4" rating further -- we had no problems with the boat or the crew. Both were great. But the snorkeling stop at Buck Island was rather disappointing in terms of items spotted. The crew did their best, free diving to unearth non-toxic sea urchins and other critters for us to look at, but we've noted that there just don't seem to be many fish to see here from a past excursion with similar results. This 3-hour tour left time to shop in Havensight, but not enough time to go downtown (which we prefer). You'll see many of the same shops downtown as you do at Havensight, but you get the added bonus of cool architecture, interesting little alleys, and a more lively vibe.
Great tour guide, terrific stops.
Nice Island tour but beach was so crowded that we had no lounge chair available.
Poor snorkel location with very few fish. This was at one time a great location but the reef was destroyed by a hurricane a few years ago.
Walked to Butterfly Farm. Interesting talk on the life cycle of Butterflies. Saw Butterflies flying around. Two landed on my head. Saw bird show. Recommend for people that go in the future.
Great shopping, and if you really work it, you can pick up some great deals. But be careful. At the same time, be aware that if you are careful, there are other companies that can beat the "preferred" deals that Carnival pushes. Just watch what you are doing. Also great excursions. A great time can be had here.