St John Champagne Catamaran Sail and Snorkel, did not dock at beach upon arrival at St John location so had to either swim to the beach or take Dinghy. Few fish in the snorkel area and on the way back had choice of rum and coke, rum punch, miller lite or pabst blue ribbon beer. Oh did have a piece of cheese small piece of bread for snack. Easily one of the poorest excursions ever taken especially for the money.... would never recommend.
We have been on this many times and really enjoy Trunk Bay, but I would suggest extending the time as we only had approximately 1 - 1 1/2 hours for snorkeling on a 4 hour tour. Suggestion: charge a little more and extend the time.
We did the catamaran/snorkel at St. John (Honeymoon Beach) w/open bar and had a fantastic time. This excursion was booked last minute due to the one the day before being cancelled and we were so glad we booked this. Best time ever.
This was the Champagne Catamaran Snorkel/Sail. You take a big (4 row) open safari jeep to the dock. You board a large wile catamaran,,,with a bar, bathroom, tables with seats. We had bad weather so we went to St, James instead. Some people snorkeled. They served champagne, fresh baked bread, assorted cheeses. The Captain and the Crew were wonderful. So entertaining. So worth it.
We've done this excursion on the Champagne Cat several times before. Once again, we had a great day...these guys do a fantastic job all the way around. Very safety-conscious, yet fun-loving trio of guys. We saw plenty of fish at Honeymoon Bay. The dock is about a 20-minute ride from the ship, and the excursion includes an open-air shuttle ride.
Buck Island Catamaran and snorkel...great crew and scenic trip...sea state not too rough for the trip, but rough enough so that we didn't see too much underwater. Weather factor and no reflection on the crew.
“St. John National Park Catamaran Sail & Snorkel” (4.5 hours)
Long ride in open-air “jitney” over bumpy roads on St. Thomas to board catamaran. Really enjoyed the “sail” and time on Honeymoon Beach on St. John. Transferred to beach via dinghy. (A possible problem for mobility impaired as it was “rocking and rolling” as we climbed into the dinghy from the ship’s ladder.) Beach was beautiful and some spread out towels while others rented beach lounge chairs. Saw snorkelers from this same company, the “St. John Champagne Cat,” but our tour off the “Star” wasn’t provided snorkel gear and we were discouraged from snorkeling with our own masks and snorkels. Catamaran crew didn’t want to discuss the reason. We had been told earlier when we arrived on the “Star” that the tour would no longer include snorkeling. Not sure why but no partial refund offered. Notice that the excursion description on the Viking web site still says “Sail & Snorkel” so you may want to check whether this was only a temporary situation.
Crew very attentive, professional about safety (snorkeling) comfortable boat, good equipment. Very safe and fun experience. We sailed to Honeymoon Beach great location, beautiful beach. Drinks and snacks great. Could have been more snacks available.
Snorkeled and sailed on the Castaway Girl III, with captain Jolene and crew. Best excursion of the cruise by far. Professional, organized, plenty of fish and turtles to see at the snorkel site. Great time sailing back to port with rum punch and champagne.
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