St. Thomas Transportation

  • Transportation
    by cjg1
  • Transportation
    by cjg1
  • Transportation
    by cjg1

St. Thomas Transportation

  • Celebrity Summit

    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

    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...

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  • Buses and Vans are lined up in front of...

    There are plenty of buses and taxi's availableas soon as you leave the Ship. A detailed list of Taxi & Bus services can be found at the website posted.

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  • Renting a car

    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...

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  • Taxis

    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...

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  • Caribbean Princess

    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...

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  • Emerald Princess

    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...

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  • Walking

    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

    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.

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

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

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  • West Indian Ship Dock(Havensight)

    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...

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  • Crown Bay Marina

    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

    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...

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  • Flying to St. Thomas

    We flew into San Juan and then took a short 16 minute flight to St. Thomas. We flew with American Airlines. The Virgin Islands are really a short trip from the east coast.

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  • Rent a Car

    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...

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  • Sail Around

    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...

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  • Taxis

    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;...

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  • Private Car while in St. Thomas

    If you ever find yourself in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and you need a private car do yourself a favor and call "Ms. Verna". I was fortunate to experience her warm personality while I was in St. Thomas for the day; she was our driver from Megans Bay back to the ship.She is a local, knows the island very well, and very friendly.

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  • Two if By Sea

    Many people come to St. Thomas by boat. Most of them come by cruise ship . Boats are Big in the VI. If you are NOT there on a cruise ship, you might want to make a note of how many cruise ships will be in (using the website below) on each day you are there so that you can go into town on a day with less ships in port. Some days there are more than...

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  • Cruise on in with the Carnival

    During our cruise of the Caribbean, we were lucky enough to go to St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands.We were on the Carnival Victory, which was a really nice cruise ship. We enjoyed the company of several other cruisers from CruiseCritic.com and enjoyed St. Thomas, although most of our time on the islands was actually spent in St. John.

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  • Bus

    Country Buses travel between town and Red Hook every hour. They start running at 5.30am from town and end at 8.30pm from Red Hook. There are buses that travel past the airport toward Bordeaux. City buses travel between the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital bus stop to town starting at 6.15am until 10.15pm. The first bus from the Airport to town is at...

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  • Taxi's

    Taxi service is abundant on St. Thomas. Taxis are readily available at the airport, cruise ship dock, large resorts and from popular attractions and beaches. Taxis charge per person and by destination. There are no metered taxis. This is how we got around the island.

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  • Bicycles, Motorcycles

    There are a few shops that rent scooters, most are located across the street from the main cruise ship dock in Havensight. Motorcycle rentals are not popular but a few of the scooter rental shops do have them. Bicycles are available more for sport than transportation and using them to get around the island would really only be feasible for a...

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  • Car Rentals

    Renting a car will allow you to see the island at your own pace. Rental Agencies are located at the airport, walking distance from the main cruise ship dock and at large resorts. There are several agencies to choose from. Renting a car is highly recommended if you plan to spend several days on the island. Having your own transportation will make...

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  • Taxies, taxies, taxies and ferryboats

    Cabs abound on St. Thomas and on St. John. They are not your usual-looking taxies but are usually either vans or open-air covered trucks. The open-air covered cabs are an adventure, especially the ones with no seatbelts; you just hold on and enjoy the ride uphill and down. The views are great out of these and if you have a nice enough driver he or...

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  • Taxis

    There is so much taxis on the Island that you will never wait more than 5 seconds... The rates are fixed and it is cheaper that renting a car. But careful, some taxi driver charges more than the fixed fees. Take the insland tourist magazine; they include the rates for most of the points you would go to.

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  • Bus

    Another option is the Bus, that is not really a bus, but a Safari type of truck. It cost $1 and it goes around the island. The only problem is that the bus goes one way, so depending on where you want to go, it may take a big tour in the island until you get there.

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  • Taxi

    Taxi is another option you have, howver I have to warn you that this is very expensive!! They charge per person and not per ride and also they charge for the luggage: small $2, medium $3, large $4. From Red Hook to Sapphire, a two minute ride would cost us $3 per person, plus tip. We decided to go walking, since it was only 10 min walking...

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  • Rent a car!!

    If you are staying for a while there, I would recommend to rent a car.At first, we rented at Budget. The service and price is as any Budget in US. The car was old, but driveable. While there, we found a cheaper rental: Discount Rental Car.The cheap is not always the best. The car did not have power steering, had mechanical problems, the spare tire...

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  • Cruise the Caribbean on the...

    St. Thomas is frequently a port-of-call for cruises...it is a fantastic port!I particularly like the Celebrity cruiseline. They have a much deserved reputation for fine dining, marvelous service, excellent entertainment...an all-around great cruise line. We've taken 3 cruises and will definitely return again to Calebrity!

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  • Taxis

    Beyond a doubt the best transport for a cruiseship passssenger is a taxi. Every place we went we found cabs readily available to custom-made tours of the islands, usually for less than the single-passenger charge for shore excursions. Avoid the crowded busses of shipmates - grab your own cab!

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  • Buses

    A great way to get arund Charlotte Amalie is the bus system...or you can just walk fro mthe pier to town!

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  • Take a Safari

    Take the safari buses to get to where ever you are going...$1us per person to anywhere on the route vs. an expensive taxi that you have to pay person.

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  • Local Directions

    Most people know that you drive on the left in St. Thomas. It takes some getting used to, especially at corners. However if you want to drive somewhere and ask for directions, expect some strange responses. My wife was at a hardware store and was told that East End might have what we were looking for. Assumption: East End Hardware. Directions were...

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