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About St. Thomas

If you cruise regularly to the Caribbean, chances are you'll end up in St. Thomas. Its popularity as one of the world's most heavily trafficked cruise ports is well-earned. The island offers something for just about everyone and has the infrastructure that can accommodate a huge daily population influx. In addition to a duty-free shopping scene that's virtually unparalleled, other on-the-beaten-track sites include the world-famous beach at Magens Bay.

In September 2017, the Virgin Islands -- along with many other islands in the Caribbean -- were rocked by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. While St. Thomas worked to quickly recovered its most popular tourist destinations, some have sadly closed their doors indefinitely -- including the SkyRide to Paradise Point. Beloved restaurants like Cuzzin's shut down. However, new restaurants and attractions have popped up in their place, solidifying the island's commitment to welcome visitors.

Nearly every ship sailing an Eastern Caribbean itinerary includes St. Thomas as a port of call, as do many Southern Caribbean voyages. You'll even see St. Thomas on Panama Canal and South American itineraries (when a Florida port such as Fort Lauderdale or Miami serves as a port of embarkation or debarkation). It's not uncommon, particularly during the Caribbean's winter high season, to see six ships or more docked or anchored in a day -- and that can mean an extra 20,000 people mixing into a population hovering in the mid-50,000s.

Believe it or not, it's easy to find some respite from the inevitable crowds by exploring St. Thomas' quieter, more undiscovered side -- a lovely historic district, trips to Water Island (the "fourth" and youngest, U.S. Virgin Island), beaches all over the island and fabulous restaurants in Frenchtown. It's also an easy jaunt via 20-minute ferry to tranquil St. John from the town of Red Hook. Even this town has local character (this is where expat residents of St. Thomas spend their time) that's a far cry from Charlotte Amalie's shopping mall vibe. Just taking transportation to the eastern end of the island will give you emotional distance from the hectic pier.

Even if it's your first time on St. Thomas, don't be afraid to explore. Although locals drive on the left side of the road, the island has an American familiarity that makes it a perfect introduction to the Caribbean style of life. Attractions, beaches, shopping, golf, water sports -- the island offers a wide variety of activities, with new ones added every year. Even if it's your tenth trip, you're bound to find something fun to do, even if that just means discovering a new beach.


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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to St. Thomas

    Leaving:
    Tampa
    Visiting:
    Puerto Plata, St. Thomas ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    12 Night Cruise to St. Thomas Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Tampa
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Puerto Plata
    • Day 5
      St. Thomas
    • Day 6
      Antigua
    • Day 7
      Barbados
    • Day 8
      St. Lucia
    • Day 9
      St. Kitts (Port Zante)
    • Day 10
      San Juan
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Tampa
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Jade - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Venues are spread evenly throughout the ship, limiting congestion

    Cons

    Standard cabins are a bit on the small side

    Bottom Line

    Recent refurbishments have the ship looking and feeling like new

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    Norwegian Jade Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    Launched in 2006, Norwegian Jade isn't Norwegian Cruise Line's newest vessel, but via the

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    margaretandy67
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Superb size of ship and excellent staff; Singapore Phuket Malaysia
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    jf33180
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Poor Management decisions Stay away from NCL
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to St. Thomas

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Puerto Plata, St. Thomas ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to St. Thomas Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
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      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Puerto Plata
    • Day 4
      St. Thomas
    • Day 5
      Tortola
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Great Stirrup Cay
    • Day 8
      Miami
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    Norwegian Joy - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Great selection of dining venues, plus fun activities like go-karts, laser tag and a VR arcade.

    Cons

    Most dining venues and activities cost extra; and everything requires reservations.

    Bottom Line

    A fun ship that has plenty to keep you busy.

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    Norwegian Joy Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value3.5

    Norwegian Joy is packed with engaging activities and spaces, and while there's no doubt it has ...

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    BirdTravels
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    BirdTravels to Alaska on the Norwegian Joy
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    Sail Date Nov 2019
    AVOID!! Total Money Grab!!!
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    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
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    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to St. Thomas

    Leaving:
    Port Canaveral
    Visiting:
    Puerto Plata, St. Thomas ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to St. Thomas Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
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      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
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      Cruising
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      Puerto Plata
    • Day 4
      St. Thomas
    • Day 5
      Tortola
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Great Stirrup Cay
    • Day 8
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
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    Norwegian Escape - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Exceptional dining, entertainment, bar and club options abound

    Cons

    A la carte fees and cover charges add up quickly

    Bottom Line

    There's something for everyone on Escape, but you might pay extra for it

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    Norwegian Escape Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value4.0

    There's nothing subtle about Norwegian Escape, which you'll notice before you even board the cr...

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    drsalch
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Oh, the brussel sprouts!
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    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Something for all...
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    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to St. Thomas

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Curacao, Aruba ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    11 Night Cruise to St. Thomas Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Curacao
    • Day 5
      Aruba
    • Day 6
      Bonaire
    • Day 7
      St. Lucia
    • Day 8
      St. Kitts (Port Zante)
    • Day 9
      St. Thomas
    • Day 10
      Puerto Plata
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Miami
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    Norwegian Joy - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Great selection of dining venues, plus fun activities like go-karts, laser tag and a VR arcade.

    Cons

    Most dining venues and activities cost extra; and everything requires reservations.

    Bottom Line

    A fun ship that has plenty to keep you busy.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Joy Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value3.5

    Norwegian Joy is packed with engaging activities and spaces, and while there's no doubt it has ...

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    Toastboy
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Overall I'm impressed with the ship, and amazed by the crew.
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    Sail Date Mar 2020
    We were in a safe bubble
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 13 Night
    Cruise to St. Thomas

    Leaving:
    Tampa
    Visiting:
    Puerto Plata, St. Thomas ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    13 Night Cruise to St. Thomas Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Tampa
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Puerto Plata
    • Day 5
      St. Thomas
    • Day 6
      Antigua
    • Day 7
      Barbados
    • Day 8
      St. Lucia
    • Day 9
      St. Kitts (Port Zante)
    • Day 10
      Tortola
    • Day 11
      San Juan
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Tampa
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Jade - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Venues are spread evenly throughout the ship, limiting congestion

    Cons

    Standard cabins are a bit on the small side

    Bottom Line

    Recent refurbishments have the ship looking and feeling like new

    Reviews

    Norwegian Jade Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    Launched in 2006, Norwegian Jade isn't Norwegian Cruise Line's newest vessel, but via the

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    Ron4850
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Asia Norwegian Jade 6th February 2020
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    leslied2
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    One of my least favorite cruise ships of 9 - food and logistics not good
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 11 Night
    Cruise to St. Thomas

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Puerto Plata, San Juan ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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