Excursion St Thomas
We booked the NCL Twice as Nice Snorkeling. We were on a caterraman, that we boarded right off the ship early. They took us to Buck Island. The ride was pretty rough as the day was windy. We have been on quite a few snorkeling trips by far this was not a good trip. I was not feeling to well from the 45 minute ride in the rough water, I was on the verge of sea sicknesses. Our first stop was to see the turtles, we did see some, the second stop I did not get off to snorkel, on the way back they gave free rum punch , sodas, and snacks. The young lady talked a lot about the sea life and protecting the environment, she talked pretty fast, my thoughts was lets get on and snorkel.
We booked with Castaway shipwreck and snorkel. The crew was great and knowledgeable however, because it was a guided snorkel, the water was crowded and you kept getting kicked and bumped into. The water also wasn't clear enough to see very well. The sail back to the ship was terrific though. The only reason i don't recommend this tour is simply because it was 30 minutes in the water of mostly trying to get out of the way of others. My face was in the water about 10 of the minutes. I found it very frustrating.
We went on our own to Sapphire Beach and are glad we did. Just be ready for the rip off taxis that charge you per person to get where you want to go after they take on lots of other people. In our case, we were driving around for 25 minutes before the clown even headed over to Sapphire Beach.
The beach is nice and shaded and there is enough to do for members of the group that do not want to snorkel.
Excellent snorkeling on the Turtle Bay Catamaran excursion. The boat had lots of room, was very comfortable. One of the guides took us to an area where most of the sea turtles were and we saw a couple on the ocean floor eating. We saw lots of colorful fish and had plenty of time to explore. On the way back they served rum punch or soft drinks. Also chips and salsa. Played music and everyone onboard had a great time. Excellent excursion. I would highly recommend.
Did a snorkeling with Castaway Girl catamaran. Excellent crew, good snorkeling, very nice boat. We went to 2 sites to snorkel and we saw a sting ray, turtles, squid, shark, and fish. Great excursion. Plus you just walk to the end of the pier and the catamaran is right there by the ship.
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.
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