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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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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to St. Thomas

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    San Juan, St. Thomas ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    MSC Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to St. Thomas Route (MSC Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      San Juan
    • Day 4
      San Juan
    • Day 4
      St. Thomas
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Nassau
    • Day 7
      Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve
    • Day 8
      Miami
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    MSC Seaside - MSC Cruises

    Pros

    Ample outdoor space draws passengers outside to enjoy the ship's Caribbean surroundings

    Cons

    With so many areas dedicated to the outdoors, interior public areas can feel crowded during inclement weather

    Bottom Line

    This bright, elegant and technologically advanced ship is great for North Americans

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    MSC Seaside Reviews

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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    MSC Seaside is lively and fun, incorporating jaw-dropping entertainment, lots of outdoor spaces...

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    Sail Date Mar 2020
    We love Seaside
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    jesunrise
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    YATCH CLUB CRUISE PARADISE
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to St. Thomas

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Labadee, San Juan ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    7 Night Cruise to St. Thomas Route (Royal Caribbean International)
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      Miami
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      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Labadee
    • Day 4
      San Juan
    • Day 5
      St. Thomas
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Perfect Day at CocoCay
    • Day 8
      Miami
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    Symphony of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    The range of activities, restaurants and lounges make it a highly customizable ship

    Cons

    If you choose to indulge in specialty dining, you'll pay a premium

    Bottom Line

    Royal Caribbean has taken the best features of its most popular ship class and improved upon them

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    Symphony of the Seas Reviews

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    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
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    Royal Caribbean might have built the world's largest cruise ship -- once again -- but the size ...

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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    A Tale of 2 Cruises
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    34 ChiTown Cruisers had an Amazing Time!!!
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    • 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:
    San Juan
    Visiting:
    St. Thomas, St. Maarten ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to St. Thomas Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
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      San Juan
    • Day 2
      St. Thomas
    • Day 3
      St. Maarten
    • Day 4
      St. Kitts (Port Zante)
    • Day 5
      St. Lucia
    • Day 6
      Barbados
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      San Juan
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    Carnival Fascination - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    Smaller ship that does not require lots of walking to get from place to place

    Cons

    Limited dining variety and onboard activities

    Bottom Line

    Comfortable, well-maintained ship perfect as a base for port-intensive cruises

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    Carnival Fascination Reviews

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    3.5/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    A sailing on Carnival Fascination is the quintessential "choose this cruise for the itinerary, ...

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    GLSailor
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    A mixed bag of good and bad
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Grand Suite/Extended balcony worth every penny
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    • Select Dining
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    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
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    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to St. Thomas

    Leaving:
    San Juan
    Visiting:
    St. Thomas, St. Kitts ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    7 Night Cruise to St. Thomas Route (Royal Caribbean International)
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      San Juan
    • Day 2
      St. Thomas
    • Day 3
      St. Kitts (Port Zante)
    • Day 4
      Antigua
    • Day 5
      Barbados
    • Day 6
      St. Lucia
    • Day 7
      St. Maarten
    • Day 8
      San Juan
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    Freedom of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    A dizzying number of onboard activities and top-notch entertainment ensure you'll never be bored.

    Cons

    The ship's central Royal Promenade is a bit like a shopping mall, and sales pitches are at every turn.

    Bottom Line

    Despite its age, the ship still shines, and there's something for every age group.

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    Freedom of the Seas Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Freedom of the Seas launched in May 2006 as the world's biggest cruise ship, measuring 155,000 ...

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    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Experience
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Awesome Time with Family & Friends!
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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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.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to St. Thomas

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    St. Maarten, St. Thomas ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    7 Night Cruise to St. Thomas Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      St. Maarten
    • Day 5
      St. Thomas
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Perfect Day at CocoCay
    • Day 8
      Miami
    Ship Details

    Symphony of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    The range of activities, restaurants and lounges make it a highly customizable ship

    Cons

    If you choose to indulge in specialty dining, you'll pay a premium

    Bottom Line

    Royal Caribbean has taken the best features of its most popular ship class and improved upon them

    Reviews

    Symphony of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Royal Caribbean might have built the world's largest cruise ship -- once again -- but the size ...

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    Kosh III
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    It's ok
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Amazing Time
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      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.