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    Celebrity Summit

    by cjg1 Updated Dec 17, 2013

    Our most recent visit to St. Thomas was in November 2013. We arrived in port via the Celebity Summit. This was out last port of the voyage before heading back to San Juan the following day.

    I always enjoy cruising and am glad whenever we can return to this particular port.

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    Cruise ships

    by Dabs Updated Feb 17, 2013

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    St. Thomas is one of the major cruise ports in the Caribbean as it's part of both Eastern and Southern Caribbean routes so there can be 6 or more ships docked at one time. The Caribbean Princess was one of 4 ships docked on the day we visited , we used a different dock than the other 3 ships who were closer to the shopping area. Princess docks at Crown Bay and most other ships dock in Havensight. If you are docked in Crown Bay, I suppose you could walk between the two but it's a far enough distance where you'd probably want to take a taxi.

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    Renting a car

    by Dabs Updated Jan 19, 2011

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    We didn't rent a car but if you do, be aware that even though it's a US territory, they drive on the left. Even more confusing is that most of their cars are imported from the US so the steering wheel is on the left unlike cars in the UK or Australia where the steering wheel is on the right which probably takes a bit of getting used to.

    There is a lot of traffic in and around the cruise ports and traffic jams seem to be fairly common, even the taxi drivers don't seem to be able to get around the jam between the two cruise ship docks.

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    Taxis

    by Dabs Updated Jan 19, 2011

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    We had scheduled a snorkeling excursion independent of the cruise line with VI Ecotours, they told us to get a taxi to "the snorkeling place". Once we got off the ship, they pointed us to where the taxi are queued up, there's a man who organizes multiple passengers into a taxi as the taxi prices here are per person and not a set price for a destination so they try to get as many people as possible into one taxi which are mostly vans.

    The price per person to the snorkeling place was $10, from the snorkeling place we hitched a ride with a couple on our tour to Sapphire Beach. When we were ready to go back, there was a taxi waiting at the beach and it was $11 per person to get back to the ship. To get to Red Hook for the ferry to St. John it was $11 per person. Ask before you get underway, the prices seem to be set for each destination.

    Unlike other islands, St. Thomas taxi drivers don't seem to do island tours so book your excursions on the ship or before you leave home unless you just want to go shopping or to the beach.

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    Caribbean Princess

    by cjg1 Updated Aug 3, 2010

    My wife Liz and I hopped aboard the The Caribbean Princess for a nine day Caribbean Cruise out of Brooklyn along with my Mother and her fiancee Hal. The Cruise Ports includes stops at: Bermuda, San Juan, St. Thomas and Grand Turk. I was a nice nine day cruise with beautiful weather except for San Juan and a great ship.

    Princess likes to give the big ship feeling without it being overwhelming which is hard to do when the ship can accommodate 3,070 passengers. Princess managed to give us a relaxing cruise where we didn't feel rushed. The ship was very nice with 4 pools, several restaurants, a spa, various lounges and clubs, shopping and more. The Piazza area was their version of a centrum through the middle of the ship with retail , dining rooms, clubs and bars surrounding the area. The staff aboard were very nice and attentive. I enjoyed that this line attracts an "older crowd", less children and less of the party puking variety twenty somethings that other cruise lines tend to cater to.

    We chose this cruise in particular due to the time of year and my Mother's work schedule. Since we have Elite status on this cruise line we enjoyed priority boarding and access to special lounges, free laundry services, free internet, discount coupons, free wine tastings, special captain's events and a 10% discount on shop purchases aboard the ship.

    The shows and entertainment were great fun and we enjoyed the Movies Under the Stars. The food in the dining room is not as good as Royal Caribbean in our opinion but there were several nights that "Wowed" me. We did like that there were plenty of quick food options such as burgers, hot dogs, pizzas, sandwiches and pastries that were not from the buffet. The drink selection and prices were very good and we enjoyed the variety of themed lounges as well as pool bars.

    This was a great cruise and we were very happy to sail Princess. We look forward to our next cruise with them which we have already booked while on board.

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    Emerald Princess

    by cjg1 Updated Aug 3, 2010

    Liz and I hopped aboard the Emerald Princess for a Caribbean Cruise out of Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades). The Cruise Ports includes stops at: Princes Cays, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Grand Turk and St. Thomas. I was a nice seven day cruise with beautiful weather and a great ship.

    Princess likes to give the big ship feeling without it being overwhelming which is hard to do when the ship can accommodate 3,070 passengers. Princess managed to give us a relaxing cruise where we didn't feel rushed. The ship was very nice with 4 pools, several restaurants, a spa, various lounges and clubs, shopping and more. The Piazza area was their version of a centrum through the middle of the ship with retail , dining rooms, clubs and bars surrounding the area. The staff aboard were very nice and attentive. I enjoyed that this line attracts an "older crowd", less children and less of the party puking variety twenty somethings that other cruise lines tend to cater to.

    We chose this cruise in particular due to their port choices and were happy at the smooth embarkation and disembarkation process. Checking onto the ship was also a breeze with our rooms being ready immediately and our luggage arriving quickly.

    The shows and entertainment were great fun and we enjoyed the Movies Under the Stars. The food in the dining room is not as good as Royal Caribbean but there were several nights that "Wowed" me. We did like that there were plenty of quick food options such as burgers, hit dogs, pizzas, sandwiches and pastries that were not from the buffet. The drink selection and prices were very good and we enjoyed the variety of themed lounges as well as pool bars.

    This was a great cruise and we were very happy to sail Princess. We look forward to our next cruise with them which we have already booked.

    Voila...here's the ship Liz next to the ship
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    Walking

    by cjg1 Updated Aug 3, 2010

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    I always find that when exploring walking is the best way to see everything. As long as the weather isn't sweltering hot it is quite enjoyable to walk around Charlotte Amelie. We enjoyed walking along the water and in and out of side street shops. With the construction issues on the roads its actually quicker to walk than take a taxi.

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    Take a Taxi

    by cjg1 Updated Aug 3, 2010

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    For just $4 a person you can have a taxi from the Main Street of Charlotte Amalie shopping to the pier. Most taxi's carry multiple people and look like a mini van or bus. It's an easy and cheap way to get around if you decide not to walk.

    Taxi anyone?

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  • bring a Garmin AND avoid avis rent-a-car

    by billvau Updated Jul 20, 2010

    I found our Garmin GPS was a life-saver. St. Thomas is difficult to drive, with very few road
    signs and windy and hill roads. I was surprised that it worked in St. Thomas with the factory
    pre-installed maps. Even several residents of St. Thomas were surprised to find that we had
    a GPS that would actually work there. Apparently they didn't know of any that would operate
    on their island.

    Avis- ---- where do I begin ;)

    We had a confirmed car and when we arrived at the desk the lady there told us
    they didn't have our car. Her whole attitude was one of complete indifference.
    She didn't offer us any explanation but said she would have another car, which was
    too small, for us in 10 minutes. After one hour they produced a car. There were four
    parties waiting at her desk for cars, and she never gave a word of explanation about
    our status. When our car arrived, I inspected it and found it had scrapes down on side of
    the vehicle. I went back inside to make sure it was noted on our paperwork. She grunted "it's documented"
    and pointed at the paperwork.

    We returned it with a full tank of gas, and then the staff showed their only enthusiasm. They asked for
    our gas receipt. We couldn't find it at first and then they explained there is a $19.95 charge if you return
    the vehicle full of gas but without a receipt. Amazing.

    Meanwhile, the Budget Car Rental next to Avis appeared to be moving people in and out smoothly. I
    will never use that Avis again and hope that is not indicative of their normal business practices at other
    Avis locations.

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    West Indian Ship Dock(Havensight)

    by cjg1 Updated Jul 13, 2010

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    Many cruise ships dock at the West Indian Ship Dock such as Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Holland America, etc. When we were docked here (Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas)here there were three cruise ships at this dock and three others at Crown Bay. It's a bust port of call. This dock is right by shopping and food and is a short 15 minute walk to the heart of town.

    **They have free shuttle buses that take you to the mall if you don't feel like walking. It's a short 5 minute ride.**

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    Crown Bay Marina

    by cjg1 Updated Jul 13, 2010

    The Crown Bay Marina is where Princess Cruise Ships usually dock. It is one of the further docks from the heart of town but there are plenty of taxis available to get you to the beaches and shops. Most taxi's are $4 a person into Charlotte Amalie from the marina.

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  • STT AIRPORT

    by sabsi Written Dec 9, 2008

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    We enjoyed arriving at Charlotte Amalie's Cyril E King Airport. It was the first time we touched ground on Caribbean soil. It was the first spot where we experienced the Caribbean heat. And it was the first airport that welcomed me with rum and live reggae, even before the baggage carousel!

    However, on the way back this was a different story. After having spend a quiet time on the BVI the mess of St. Thomas drove us crazy before even reaching the airport. From there it only got worse! All machines to the US seem to leave STT around the same time which makes the small airport crowded and hectic.

    Firstly we queued for at least an hour at the check inn (there was only one counter for all Continental passengers!), had to fill out the US customs form for the 2nd time that day and found out when checking in that you have to bring your luggage through customs before getting on the plane. So we queued again. This time for even longer to get through customs but thankfully in the airconditioned terminal. Afterwards you queue a third time in order to get rid of your luggage at the X-Ray machines. And then - you guessed it - there's the 4th and last queue: the one in front of the security gate. It took us hours to get to our gate. We were close to a nervous breakdown and ready to leave! What a nightmare!

    They should give out the free rums when leaving the islands, not when arriving I think ;)

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    Rent a Car

    by agapotravel Written Aug 2, 2008

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    Driving in St. Thomas is an adventure. You drive on the left side with a left-hand steering wheel. It honestly doesn't take long to adjust. The biggest adjustment for us was getting used to the steep hills, sharp curves, and narrow roads. When you hear a horn blow (which you will quite often), be alert! It usually means someone is coming up/down the hill, and they are using part of your lane.

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    Sail Around

    by grandmaR Updated Sep 20, 2007

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    On the way back to the airport after our charter, we passed these boats sailing in the harbor. We were told it was the America's Cup boats practicing. At the time I thought this was kind of wishful thinking as it was 2004 and at that moment the America's Cup was in New Zealand (see the second URL)

    But apparently I was wrong about that, because in the last Louis Vitton Cup, there was a Virgin Islands challenger.

    In addition to chartering a sailboat, though, you can also charter or rent a power boat to go explore the islands or go fishing.

    Sailboats racing in Charlotte Amalie harbor 1997 Boats anchored in harbor 2005 Harbor from the ferry Harbor from the boat Looking down on the harbor
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    Taxis

    by grandmaR Updated Nov 4, 2006

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    Road traffic on St. Thomas (and indeed all the Virgin Islands) drives on the left instead of the right, but with lefthand drive cars.

    Many visitors, especially those coming by ship, use the local taxis. Taxis in the USVI are not like the taxis most American or European cities. The most popular are vans, open air safaris vehicles (converted trucks; truck beds are customized with bench seating in an open-air covered area) and SUVs/cars such as you see lined up beside the ship.

    Taxis on St. Thomas are not metered; rates are per person and per destination. As an example of how the fares work: From Havensight crossroads (near the cruise ship docks) to Charlotte Amalie would be $6 for one person and $5 EACH for two or more people. Because of this, many cabs will wait until they are full before they will leave. This makes sense for them. Why take two people for $5 each if you can take 10 people for $5 each? If you want to go before they get filled up, you will pay more.

    Rules are set by the VI Taxicab Division. According to their rules: Licensed taxi vehicles are labeled with: a taxi placard or dome light on the roof, license plates that indicate Taxi status, On Duty/Off Duty sign in the window of the vehicle and a sign, usually on the fender, indicating passenger capacity. The drivers personal identification/taxi license should be on the vehicles dash board.

    If you take a gypsy cab (without identification), you do so at your own risk.

    The taxi that we took to Coki Beach had a rate card (third picture), but you should still ask about the rate for your party and your amount of luggage ( flat rate of $2 per bag - for items greater than 30"x20" up to $4 per item), plus waiting time (Waiting charges: $1.00 per minute. First five minutes free.) before you get into the cab.

    You can also book a cab by the hour or for Sightseeing Tours: 2 hours - One passenger $50; two or more passengers $25 per person. 3 hours - One passenger $60; two or more passengers $30 per person.

    Looking from the ship down on line of taxis Lined up waiting at Havensight Rate list From the front seat of the taxi Taxi in front of store
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