Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
The best of the Caribbean can be found in the U.S. Virgin Islands, a trio of tropical destinations with white-sand beaches, top snorkeling opportunities, and pristine water in endless shades of blue. Made up of the main islands of St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas, the USVI have a little something for everyone, including underwater national parks, sweet local rum, picturesque hiking trails, and stunning beaches.
On cruises to the U.S. Virgin Islands, you’ll dive into oceans teeming with fish, lounge on idyllic beaches under the welcome shade of a palm tree, squeeze in some shopping at local artisan markets and stores, and embark on a Caribbean cruise vacation you won’t soon forget.
The U.S. Virgin Islands are home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. You’ll also find exotic national parks, epic shopping, and adventurous activities. Here are some of the things to see and do in the U.S. Virgin Islands that you won’t want to miss during your cruise there.
The U.S. Virgin Islands are home to picturesque bays that are lined by beaches. Many of those beaches cozy up to mangrove trees, providing an exotic setting that will put you into full-on vacation mode. The U.S.V.I’s beaches will also lull you into relaxation with their golden and white sands.
Off the shores of the beaches of the U.S. Virgin Islands are excellent snorkeling and scuba diving. The U.S. Virgin Islands is even home to an underwater museum you can snorkel through! Plus, you’ll find dive sites for all skill levels, and clear visibility thanks to tranquil, aquamarine water.
St. Thomas has some of the best duty-free shopping in the world. Charlotte Amalie is lined with boutiques and souvenir shops. On the island of St. John, browse through the shops in Cruz Bay to find some local artisan crafts. After you shop, grab a drink at one of the laid back beach bars.
Cruises that visit the U.S. Virgin Islands pull into port in St. Thomas. From there, you can explore other islands in the archipelago that are just a boat excursion away. In addition, cruises that visit St. Thomas also often visit the British Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, and other Eastern Caribbean islands.
One of the best ways of getting around during a cruise to the U.S. Virgin Islands is on a shore excursion. Whether you’re looking for exciting adventures like ziplining, city tours with shopping breaks, or snorkeling excursions by secluded beaches, we can take you there.
Our ships pull into port in St. Thomas, but you’ll be just a shore excursion away from the lush beauty of St. John. Most of the island of St. John is a national park and it provides a peaceful, nature-filled day away from the busy port town and beaches of St. Thomas.
Choose one of the shore excursions that drops you off for some free time basking in the sunshine at Magens Bay, which is often considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Then take advantage of the optional town drop-off in Charlotte Amalie to do some shopping.
Learn more about the underwater world of the U.S. Virgin Islands without getting wet at Coral World Ocean Park in St. Thomas. You can tour the Caribbean Reef Encounter aquarium on land and board a semi-submersible water vehicle for views of the sea through windows beneath the surface.
You’ll often find the U.S. Virgin Island cruise port of call on Eastern Caribbean itineraries. Southern Caribbean cruise itineraries also frequently sail to St. Thomas.
The cruise port of call isn’t in an easy walking distance to Charlotte Amalie and the majority of St. Thomas’ other main sights. Figure out how you’ll be leaving the harbor during your U.S. Virgin Island visit before you arrive. We recommend booking one of the shore excursions for a hassle-free day in port. You’ll be whisked away for island exploration right from the ship and will have a guarantee of being back to the ship in time before it departs for the next port of call.
When packing for your trip that includes a U.S. Virgins Islands cruise port of call, be sure to bring your swimsuit and sunscreen. Bring breezy fabrics that will keep you cool in the warm island sunshine, and will quickly dry if you get splashed with a wave or suddenly find yourself in a brief tropical rain shower.