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St. Thomas & St. John

Shore Excursions

Brief description and prices of St. Thomas/St. John shore excursions offered aboard Holland America Line ships. Information is deemed accurate but not guaranteed and is current as of March 1998.

See 'n' Sail Tour
Duration: 3 1/2 hours
Price: $ 49.00

This tour features a catamaran sail on the return to the ship. You will start by traveling via open-air safari buses to the scenic highlights high above the town of Charlotte Amalie. Your first stop will be the island's most famous natural treasure, Magens Bay, viewed from the overlook known as Sir Francis Drake's Seat. The ride continues along Mahogany Run and other stops include the views of Sapphire Bay, St. John and the distant British Virgin Islands. Arriving at the east end of St. Thomas, you will board the luxurious 76-foot catamaran, Spirit of St. Christopher, for a relaxing sail back to the downtown harbor. An optional 30-minute swimming stop will be included for those guests wanting to cool off in the warm aqua waters. Rum punch and fruit punch will be served aboard the Spirit of St. Christopher.

St. John 5-Star Tour
Duration: 4 hours
Price: $ 49.00

As you cruise through the U.S. Virgin Islands to St. John, you're sure to appreciate the comforts, craftsmanship and elegance found aboard the Leylon Sneed. This replica of a Chesapeake Bay Oyster buoy boat offers a trip of relaxation and discovery as it makes its way to the protected paradise of St. John. Throughout the tour, one of the crew members will provide a narration explaining many of the Virgin Islands' points of interest that can be seen only from the water. At St. John, the vessel hugs the north coast, passing many of its exquisite National Park Service beaches. An anchorage will be made at the beach offering the best wind and weather conditions of the day.

While at the beach, a variety of activities are available for young and old alike. For the experienced snorkeler, excellent snorkeling can be enjoyed off the side of the boat. The beginner will be ferried ashore in a dingy, and once there, one of the crew members will provide help and guidance for those who would like to learn how to snorkel. Beachcombing and sunbathing are also popular activities while at anchor. For those guests who wish to stay on board, a 25-minute historical film on the Virgin Islands will be shown. Returning to the cruise ship, a complimentary rum or fruit punch will be served, and you'll hear further narrative about the wonders of the tropical paradise around you.

SNUBA Adventure & St.John 5-Star Tour
Duration: 4 hours
Price: $ 84.00

Enjoy the St. John 5-Star Tour cruising aboard the Leylon Sneed and experience the thrill of SNUBA! All of the elegance and sightseeing pleasures of the St. John 5-Star Tour are yours while cruising to St. John and famous Trunk Bay, where you will join certified instructors who will provide the guidance for learning the basics of SNUBA. An innovative underwater breathing device, SNUBA offers the opportunity of underwater exploration for extended periods of time by breathing compressed air through a 20-foot hose that is connected to a tank floating on the surface of the water. SNUBA offers all of the thrills of scuba diving without the cumbersome equipment and time-consuming training. Trunk Bay offers an excellent site to participate in this exciting new sport with thriving coral gardens and abundant fish, not to mention the exquisite beach with its white sands and graceful palms. Afterward, a relaxing cruise will take you back to the cruise ship at Charlote Amalie.

St. John Annaberg Island Tour
Duration: 4 1/2 hours
Price: $ 34.00

Explore the "American Paradise" of St. John and discover a tropical paradise preserved by a National Park. You will ride aboard open-air safari buses from downtown Cruz Bay and travel through unspoiled beauty. You will visit an 18th-Century sugarcane plantation and learn of an industry that helped develop the island chain. A ride through the hills follows and you'll revel in the landscapes and ocean views. As you pass the Rockefeller estates at Caneel Bay, you will have time to relax at Trunk Bay, considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Trunk Bay offers the opportunity to swim, sunbathe and relax in the shade of the palm trees while sipping complimentary tropical drinks. The tour returns to Cruz Bay, where you will board the ferry bound for St. Thomas, where a safari bus will take you back to the ship at Charlotte Amalie.

Please Note: This excursion departs during the service call at St. John.

St. John Trunk Bay Beach Tour
Duration: 4 1/2 hours
Price: $ 34.00

Experience one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world by traveling to the preserved paradise of St. John and visiting Trunk Bay. This stretch of golden sand draws visitors from all over the world and has been designated a National Park. Bring a beach towel for sunbathing on the beach or perhaps enjoy the shade of palm trees while gazing over the beautiful Caribbean blue waters. Be sure to bring swimwear to enjoy a refreshing dip in the blue water. When weather permits, snorkeling equipment (masks and snorkels) and snorkeling instructions are provided. Complimentary tropical drinks are provided. After your stay at Trunk Bay, you will go on a sightseeing journey by open-air safari bus back to downtown Cruz Bay, where you will board the ferry bound for St. Thomas. A safari bus will take you back to the ship at Charlotte Amalie.

Please Note: This excursion departs during the service call at St. John.

Best of St. Thomas Island Drive
Duration: 4 1/2 hours
Price: $ 29.00

The beauty of St. Thomas unfolds before you while traveling aboard open-air safari buses along Skyline Drive with its spectacular overlooks of St. John, the British Virgin Islands, and the historical harbor of Charlotte Amalie below. You will then visit Mountain Top, which boasts an incredible view of Magens Bay beach. A short distance away is the St. Peter Great House, formerly a private hideaway of the rich and famous. You'll be able to stroll through the lovely gardens, view classic Caribbean architecture and native stonework and take in the panoramic view of the surounding Virgin Islands from the observation deck, situated 1,000 feet above the ocean. From this beautiful spot you can relax and enjoy a complimentary rum or fruit punch. Afterward, you'll be driven to picturesque Charlotte Amalie, where you may choose to return to the ship or stay in town and shop. Those guests who remain in town are then responsible for their own way back to the ship.

St. Thomas Bike Adventure
Duration: 3 1/4 hours
Price: $ 64.00

Your mountain-biking excursion begins at the cruise ship pier where you will be picked up by taxi/van. Here you will meet your guide and be taken, via a scenic island route, to a secluded yet ruggedly beautiful part of the island. You will then be issued your Trek 830 21-speed mountain bike and helmet. After a safey briefing and route overview, you will begin your guided bicycle tour, enjoying a predominantly downhill course which ends at one of St. Thomas' famous beaches. Here you will have the opportunity to take a quick swim in the ocean and have a complimentary beverage before returning via taxi/van to your ship. During the tour you will be followed by a chase vehicle. Should you tire during the ride, your guide will be happy to load your bicycle on the trailer and give you a ride.

St. Thomas Kayaking Adventure
Duration: 3 1/2 hours
Price: $ 59.00

Your kayak tour will begin at the mouth of the marine sanctuary at Holmberg's Marina, where you will then head south into the sanctuary. You will learn about the ecology of the mangrove and its significance in the lagoon ecosystem, bird habitats and fish spawning areas. Crossing the main lagoon while meandering among mangrove islands, your guide will point out the varieties of different fish and birds, depending on what they see that day. Approximately 45 minutes later, you will arrive at Bovani Point for one hour of snorkeling, rock climbing or walking along the coral beach. While snorkeling you may see juvenile barracuda, snapper, stingray, lobster and baby sharks, as well as several other varieties of small reef fish. The tour will return to the dock going around Bovani Cay. Please wear swimwear and bring sunscreen.

St. Thomas Beginning Scuba Adventure
Duration: 3 hours
Price: $ 55.00

This beginner's scuba adventure is simple, fun and easy. Designed for the non-diver as an introduction to scuba, this is a standardized program. You will be transported by safari bus to Coki Point Beach, well-known for its abundant fish, large varieties of hard and soft corals, sponges, and reef creatures. You'll select equipment from the dive shop before continuing to the beach for a lesson on scuba basics and practice in waist-deep water. The dive instructor will demonstrate how to breathe underwater. After assuring that all gear is properly adjusted, the divemaster will guide the group below the water's surface.

Please Note: Scuba equipment and instruction are provided and it is recommended that passengers wear swim attire and bring a beach towel. Participation on this tour requires completion of waiver-release forms to be distributed by the tour operator.

St. Thomas Certified Dive
Duration: 3 hours
Price: $ 55.00

This one-tank dive is conducted from the east end of the island at Coki Point Beach. Dive depths range from 35 feet to 55 feet and offer safe diving with little or no surge or current, and outstanding visibility. PADI Divemaster/Instructors will accompany divers and point out unique marine life. Large coral formations and multitudes of colorful tropical fish can be observed. Certified divers must bring their "C" card to the dive. All scuba gear and transportation is included.

Please Note: It is recommended that passengers wear swim attire and bring a beach towel. Participation on this tour requires completion of waiver-release forms to be distributed by the tour operator.

St. Thomas Snorkel Tour
Duration: 3 hours
Price: $ 27.00

This excursion begins with a scenic ride in an open-air safari bus through the beautiful green hills of St. Thomas. Enjoy the "down island" view of the British Virgin Islands as you near Coki Point Beach. Upon arrival, you'll be given the opportunity to join the instructors for a snorkel lesson or dive in and begin hand-feeding the many colorful species of reef fish that make this site their home. After your snorkel, relax on the beach and soak up some of that famous St. Thomas sun. This tour operates in conjunction with the Beginning Scuba Adventure and Certified Scuba.

Please Note: Snorkel equipment and instruction are provided and it is recommended that passengers wear swim attire and bring a beach towel. Participation on this tour requires completion of waiver-release forms to be distributed by the tour operator.

Virgin Islands Seaplane Exploration
Duration: 1 1/2 hours (40 minute flight)
Price: $ 99.00

You will step onto a Twin Otter seaplane that will sweep you up from the harbor of Charlotte Amalie for a spectacular exploration of the United States and British Virgin Islands. View the islands from a perspective seldom seen as your pilot provides a narrative about the history and background of this intriguing chain of islands. Trace the channels of water sailed by generations of seafarers while enjoying views of private coves and unspoiled beaches adorned with stretching palms. Hear tales of early sailors and modern-day moguls, who have made these islands their home, as the length and breadth of the island chain unfolds. This specially modified aircraft provides the best in flightseeing, with enlarged windows for expanded viewing areas and headsets for each seat. To help chart your course, a complimentary guidebook, which contains maps and descriptions of each of the islands, is provided.

St. Thomas Historic Sights & Highlights
Duration: 3 hours
Price: $ 44.00

This tour takes you to one of the most charming historic districts in the Caribbean. You will visit by air-conditioned van one of the oldest synagogues in the Western Hemisphere, located in Charlotte Amalie; see as well, Fort Christian. Also visited is Blackbeard's Tower and the 99 Steps of Government. Your guide will tell you about the history of the West Indies, its inhabitants and how St. Thomas became the most important port in the Caribbean. A free drink is included and pictures can be taken at Paradise Point, the most scenic overlook in St. Thomas.

Atlantis Submarine at Buck Island
Duration: 2 hours (45 minute dive)
Price: $ 79.00

Tour the breathtaking world beneath the waves in the comfort of your private submarine. A short ferry transfer ride across the picturesque harbor takes you over the submerged sub. You can marvel at the sealife through 30-inch viewing windows.

Special Recommendation: 400 ASA to 1000 ASA film speed is recommended for picture taking on the Atlantis submarine (no flash necessary).

Please Note: Children 4 years old and under are not permitted.

St. Thomas Helicopter Adventure
Duration: 1 hour (17-20 minute flight)
Price: $ 74.00

Experience the thrill of helicopter flying! You will see all of the glorious beaches along the south side of St. Thomas -- Morningstar, Limetree, Bolongo and Scott, to name a few. Then you'll pass over Current Cut, passing Great St.James en route to the scenic island of St. John. Cruz Bay, as well as Caneel Bay, are seen from a soaring new perspective. The splendid north shore of St. Thomas beckons as you whisk past the remote out islands of Lovango, Mingo, and Thatch Cay. You will see Coki Point, Coral World and beautiful Magens Bay just before soaring over historic Drake's Seat and Louisenhoj Castle as you begin your descent over Charlotte Amalie.

Kon Tiki Party Cruise
Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Price: $ 34.00

Join the Kon Tiki party barge for a lively trip across the water. Step to the rhythms of Caribbean music as your cruise makes its way through the hustle and bustle of Charlotte Amalie harbor. Sip from the endless flow of rum punch as you take in the sights and enjoy the festivities on board. A short stop will be made for those who would like to refresh themselves with a swim before continuing the ride amid the tropical beauty of the Virgin Isands. Changing rooms are available on board.

Charlotte Amalie Shopping Spree & Paradise Point Vista
Duraion: Variable Length
Price: $ 16.00

Your open-safari bus will stop at one of the hottest shopping spots in the Caribbean -- downtown Charlotte Amalie. A coupon book full of discounts is provided to help guide the way to recommended stores while searching streets and alleyways of old renovated warehouses that now offer designer boutiques and jewelry shops. A stop will be made at St. Thomas' scenic Paradise Point to relax and enjoy a complimentary tropical drink. A complimentary shell necklace will be given to you as a token of your visit. Shuttles are available for returning to the ship throughout the day.

For those passengers wishing to explore St. John and St. Thomas on their own, please see the Shore Excursion Office for more details.

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