Catamaran sail and snorkel was nice. A great alternative to going to St. John time and time again. We were there on Christmas day, and were the only ship in town, so not much else to do.
We were also disappointed that Royal only ports in Crown Bay(as opposed to Havensight), so we were not walking distance to the town, and the shops at the port were minimal.
My family had never been to St. John's Island, so we went snorkeling at Trunk Bay. We heard that this beach was especially beautiful, and it didn't disappoint us. The trip involved taking a ferry to St. John Island and transferring to the beach by jitney. Once at the beach we were given snorkeling equipment and some "minimal instruction." There was no real supervision. We were told that there was a heavy current, so, "be careful!" We were instructed to swim along a marked underwater trail, reading underwater plaques and noting fish and corals along the way. Although my family had a fun afternoon, prior snorkeling excursions utilized a guide who pointed out (and named) fish and coral formations. This made for a more meaningful experience and safer too!
Great experience - spent the day snorkeling in different places - took boat right up to the beach in some locations. Had wonderful lunch in Cruz Bay in St. John! Great experience - would highly recommend and well worth it as we set our own schedule and pace!
Took the Castaway Girl 3 catamaran out to Buck Island to snorkel the wreck and reef there. Had a great time with the snorkeling. Saw lots of fish, a turtle, lots of coral as well. Crew on the cat were great. Very friendly and safety conscious. Towards the end of our time at Buck Island a stiff breeze came up and the crew asked us to stop and get on board. Sailed back to St. Thomas had lots of rum punch and listened to great music. To rough to dance. I especially like that the catamaran was rated for 80 people and they let only 40 passengers on board. The boat did not feel crowded at all. Great trip.
Individual raft-type boats with outboard motors driven by us. Drove to a snorkel location, did some snorkeling, then drove the boats back. My 8 yr old grandson and his mother did this. They caught air! Definitely had a fun time.
Snorkeled to turtle island (both sides of it). Snorkeled many times, but this one was awesome. Saw many large sea turtles and sting rays. Also, saw a ship wreck. If you like the water, you need to Snorkel or scuba in St. Thomas.
We took a pirate ship out to turtle bay to snorkel and see the turtles, it was amazing, boat crew was funny, informative and very very friendly. We were then taken to Honeymoon cove for lunch which was delicious and then a rum punch trip back to the ship.
I was expecting champagne glasses (plastic would have been fine), possibly with toasts, something celebratory. What we got was a champagne punch served in a plastic cup with lots of ice. I expected a tour of a harbor, but what we got was a trip around a barren-looking island, with no commentary. What I expected was a cruise, but the catamaran simply bobbed in the water with its sail up. It would have been a fine excursion is its title had reflected the actual experience. On the positive side, the crew were really great. We talked with one crew member, who told us much about St. Thomas. Couldn't this have been said to everyone, with perhaps a discussion? Also, the catamaran was fabulous.
I went snorkeling, the excursion was called Buck Island sail and snorkel, I saw sea turtles, coral reefs brimming with life and a shipwreck. the staff on the boat were fun, helpful and knowledgeable and the excursion was a great deal. On the way back to the island they gave use painkillers (drink) which became my new favorite drink. All in all it was a fantastic experience, it was the highlight of my trip.
We took a comfortable ferry from St. Thomas to St. John and then a van to Trunk Bay. The island is beautiful. The water was a bit rough though and there was not much to see along the snorkel trail. We enjoyed the excursion anyway
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