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shirley 38
01-04-2003, 09:39 AM
This will be our second cruise. We were on the cuise last year April 6th.

We are dong the eastern again because of weather.
Anyone else going at this time. shirley38 and john59

The last Cruise, somebody posted about getting together and swapping home town postcards. That was neat

MinnieCruiser
01-04-2003, 11:13 AM
We'll be there for our first Disney cruise! Myself, DH, DD10 and DD8. After all these months waiting, can't believe the time is finally drawing near.

AprilN
01-04-2003, 11:41 AM
We'll be there too! My DH and I will be aboard for our first Disney cruise as well - actually, our first cruise ever! We chose the eastern because we live in CA, so Mexico didn't sound especially exotic. :p

I can't believe it's so close, and my DH is so excited to go snorkeling! See you all soon.

April

john59
01-04-2003, 12:15 PM
:bounce:

I want to go fishing in St Martin's.

I have been on the computer all day, trying to find out, how to rent a small boat down there.

I am not interested in a Sport Fishing Charter. Any ideas out there.

My DW, shirley 38 started this thread.

john59

Annette
01-05-2003, 09:28 AM
hubby 45 yr old, me 40 somthing, sons 15 and 13 an daughter 9. This is our first Disney, one on Carnival with kids and one on Holland America with hubby only.

Anyone else concerned over shy old children enjoying themselves?

Anyone ever rented a dingy to go to the beaches in St. Johns? Sounds fun but would like more info than just the cost.

Can wait.:Pinkbounc

upnorth
01-05-2003, 11:43 AM
First timers from Alberta - husband, girl - 13, girl - 9 and boy - 6 - we were all booked for the exact same cruise last year and our son broke his leg skiiing - so had to cancel everything! So won't believe that we are actually going until we are on that flight south.

Annette
01-06-2003, 08:54 AM
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wnissen
01-06-2003, 11:09 AM
Originally posted by Annette

Anyone ever rented a dingy to go to the beaches in St. Johns? Sounds fun but would like more info than just the cost.

Hi,

I am really excited about renting a boat as well. Here is what I have figured out so far. Forgive me if I go into too much detail, I'm going to put this on a web page eventually so I wanted to include every detail. The only place I could find to rent small boats is Noah's Little Arks, which is on Cruz Bay, the main town in St. John. Their web page, such as it is, is:
http://www.bookitvi.com/nla.htm

You can also rent their boats through Low-key Watersports.

http://www.divelowkey.com/watersports.htm

One of the messages I read said to look for the owner "he is typically outside of the Beach Bar all day long - look for the little Rottweiler." I guess that is the island life, eh?

Almost all the messages I found in the USVI Online forum:
http://www.caribline.com/cgi-bin/agnes.cgi?CaribbeanAgnes+CaribbeanAgnesHTML
were very positive toward Noahs. Many people said it was the highlight of their trip and they wished they could have done it for longer. The few less than glowing comments indicated that in rough seas it could be somewhat difficult to navigate, and that you had to swim from where the boat was moored to the beach. The only negative comment I read was from someone who felt that the dinghy renters were careless, dropping anchor into the coral and stinking up the place like people on Jet-Skis used to before they were banned. That just strengthened my resolve to be a responsible boater.

The boat is a Caribe C12 or C14. You can read a little bit about the C12 here:

http://www.internet.ve/caribe/comparison_table.htm
http://www.inflatableboats.com/default.asp

Note that the "beam in", the measurement of the inside width of the C12, is just 2' 8", not very wide. For reference, an airline seat is only 1' 6". The C14 is 6 inches wider, so two people could probably sit together. One of the messages I read indicated the boat is more stable if someone sits in front. Also, the boat is quite heavy, so I would not expect to be able to carry it about on the beach. You will have to moor it by tying it to one of the many provided Park Service moorings, or use the anchor. If you drag it up on the beach, the tide might come in and then you might have some fun swimming after the boat. Be careful not to drop anchor onto plant life or coral. There are some rules from the Park Service:

http://www.nps.gov/viis/rules.htm
There are places that rent snorkel equipment at Cruz Bay and at Trunk Bay.

This place is at Cruz Bay and opens at 8AM daily. I think there are other, cheaper places.
http://www.divestjohn.com/diving/snorkel.html

It looks like the 15hp motor will let you go around 10-15 knots, so it will take a little time to get to the snorkel sites. Apparently there are marked channels in some places which you must follow. I'm not a boater, so I hope these are not too complicated. Everything I've read says that Trunk Bay is beautiful, but by 9AM is very crowded with cruise ship day trippers. The map (er, actually it's a 'chart') Noah's gives you covers from Cruz Bay along the north coast all the way out to Leinster Bay. I'm especially interested in the little islands just off the coast.

See this park service map for an idea of the distances:
http://www.nps.gov/viis/ppmaps/viismap1%2Epdf

For the fastest trip in the morning, you want to take a taxi from the cruise drop off point to Red Hook, the easternmost port on St. Thomas. From what I have read, it will cost around US$14/person and take 15 minutes. Then hop on the ferry from Red Hook to Cruz Bay. This leaves at 7:30AM, 8:00AM, and then hourly.
http://www.usvi.net/usvi/ferry.htm#RHSJ
$3/person, $1 for kids.
If you want you can go direct from Charlotte Amelie to Cruz Bay for $7/person, but you won't arrive till 9:45, which is pretty late. Maybe do a shorter afternoon of snorkeling?

Hope this helps,
Walt

AprilN
01-06-2003, 11:29 AM
By the way, the very exuberant Walt (wnissen) is my husband, who is obviously extremely excited about snorkeling on St. John. :p

Less than 7 weeks to go! Woo-hoo!

April

Annette
01-06-2003, 12:32 PM
I wonder how long it would take to get to Truck Bay and the others in the dingy. We don't have long on St. Thomas to begin with.

I can not believe it, less than 7 weeks. Can not wait especially to leave all this snow.

wnissen
01-06-2003, 01:54 PM
I am not sure how long it would take. Assume you go full throttle at 15 mph, it is roungly 6.5 miles to Waterlemon Cay, the farthest point, if you follow the coast, a little more if you stay in the ferry lane which is easier to navigate, so it would take half an hour. One message I read in the archives of the usvi-info.com board said it took an hour to get there, so that is probably more realistic given traffic, getting used to the boat, etc. Trunk Bay is about three miles, so that would be a much more doable jaunt for a morning trip. Apparently the prevailing winds are to the east, so you will go faster coming back than going out.

My lovely wife doesn't know this, but I'm really leaning towards the larger, 30HP boat. Wheee! We'll just have to be careful not to flip it, which apparently is possible if you go into wakes too fast and aren't careful. :eek:

Walt

john59
01-07-2003, 06:20 PM
:)

Just a bump.

But, learning some pretty good stuff.

john59

:D

Annette
01-08-2003, 06:16 PM
bump

Does this mean it will not be a full ship? Other sailing dates have pages and pages of responses. Not that it would not be nice not to have a full ship I just was hoping tor see who else might be on the ship.

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