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Charlotte Amalie Saint Thomas US Virgin Islands Cruise Port Guide


The most popular Cruise Port in the Virgin Islands is St. Thomas. Charlotte Amalie, the capital of the Virgin Islands, welcomes visitors to its shores. Cruise ships call on St. Thomas at the West Indian Company Dock in Havensight, at anchorage in the Charlotte Amalie harbor and at the Crown Bay dock in Subbase.

The main cruise ship dock in St.Thomas is Havensight, which is about a 5 to 10 minute taxi ride from downtown Charlotte Amalie. 6$ per person.

From Crown Bay it’s half-hour walk or a $5-per-person taxi ride.

You will be surprised to see quite a few iguanas lying out on the rocks next to the piers.

If you are tendered you will dropped off in the heart of Charlotte Amalie

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Many visitors explore Charlotte Amalie to shop rather than to look at history. The proximity of the historic buildings to the stores, however, makes it easy to enjoy both. To really embrace the historical sights you must look beyond the shops, vendors, and people. Try to picture the past; complete with forts, plantations, warehouses and pirates, among the many other images of St. Thomas' History. Exploring Charlotte Amalie is a rewarding experience and easily done on foot (wear comfortable shoes).

Take a ride on Skyline Drive and enjoy a breathtaking view of St. Thomas Harbor. Then travel to Mountain Top, the highest point on St. Thomas, and see spectacular views of Magens Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Check out Coral World Marine Park, where you can touch sea stars at the touch pool or explore the mystery of life in a mangrove lagoon off the Coastal Trail.

Sit back and enjoy a relaxing half-day sail to Buck Island aboard a large sailing yacht, then snorkel in Turtle Cove.

Tours Excursions Transportation:

Getting around any of the Virgin Islands is fairly easy. All of the islands have bus service and/or a regulated taxi service. You can "bargain" for most things on the islands, but the taxi and bus rates are regulated. Taxi rates are charged per person one way.

The local Taxi Association drivers offer a basic two-hour island tour for $25 per person for two or more people.

Rental car: With more than two large ships in port, the city per se has very heavy traffic and almost no parking during the daytime. Motor travel then may best be done by taxi. Outside the city, a rental may be worthwhile. Although a United States territory, everybody drives on the left side of the road. Caution must be exercised, especially at intersections, and generally around the island because the roads are somewhat narrow and wind a lot as they transit hills and mountains, with occasional washouts.

It pays to compare your cruise line tours here

Nearby Places:

If you want a real treat for a beach then walk over to Crown Bay Marina right beside the cruise ship dock and take the ferry over to Water Island. This is a short ferry ride five to ten minutes. Honeymoon beach is a short walk from the ferry dock on Water Island. It rivals any beach on the islands and won't be crowded or overrun with other cruisers.

Shopping and Food

St. Thomas is the bargain-shopping bazaar of the Caribbean. There are over 400 shops along the Main Street area in Charlotte Amalie and some 50 more in Havensight Mall.



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English is the official language but you may also find Spanish being spoken.

Opening Hours and Holidays:

Shopping hours Mon-Sat 0900-1700. When cruise ships are in port, some larger shops open on Sunday in general only in the morning.

1 Jan New Year's Day.
6 Jan Three Kings' Day. 
Jan Martin Luther King Day. 
Feb Presidents' Day.
Holy Thursday. 
Good Friday. 
Easter Monday. 
May Memorial Day.
3 Jul Emancipation Day.
4 Jul Independence Day.
Jul Hurricane Supplication Day.
Sep Labor Day.
Oct Columbus Day.
Oct Virgin Islands Thanksgiving Day.
1 Nov D Hamilton Jackson Day/Liberty Day.
11 Nov Veterans' Day.
Nov US Thanksgiving Day.
25 Dec Christmas Day.

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