Going to St. John - Trunk Bay on your own?

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  1. SC Disney Fan

    SC Disney Fan Earning My Ears

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    You will LOVE Trunk Bay. We've been 3 times on cruises. We are looking to spend a week there soon. I agree it is the most beautiful beach!
     
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  3. caribbeandreaming

    caribbeandreaming Mouseketeer

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    Does anyone remember the approximate round trip travel time?
     
  4. Slappy32

    Slappy32 Mouseketeer

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    From Charlotte Amalie to Red Hook - 20 mins.
    Wait for Ferry Boat - Varies - Departs on the hour.
    Ferry Boat from Red Hook to Cruz Bay - 25 mins
    Taxi from Cruz Bay to Trunk Bay - 15 mins

    We left the Fantasy at 7:40am and were on Trunk Bay before 9:00am.
     
  5. caribbeandreaming

    caribbeandreaming Mouseketeer

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    Thank you! We are still trying to decide what to do... I really want to go over to St. John, but we're only in port from 7:45-3:45. Such a tough decision since we've never been to St. Thomas either!
     
  6. Tonka's Skipper

    Tonka's Skipper DIS Veteran

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    Something to keep in the backs of your minds............if you go on your own and are delayed, the vessel may not wait for you..........you will then be responsible to get to the next port.

    If you go with the Disney excursion.............if your late, the vessel will wait until they have to sail to make the next port on time, but Disney will pay to get you to the next port.


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  7. Slappy32

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    This is all true. We definitely headed back to the ship with plenty of time to spare. We didn't wait for the last possible ferry to start back. That said, you will save money and be able to do what you want if you do it on your own. We were able to spend 4-5 hours on the beach at Trunk bay by doing our our excursion.
     
  8. crbruce_us

    crbruce_us AKV and BLT are our vacation homes!

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    I'm interested in going to Trunk Bay on our own too. We took the excursion to Trunk Bay last time (we have also taken the St John's Tour on a previous cruise) and so much of the day is wasted just sitting around waiting for Disney to transfer you. I would rather have the time on the beach. Thanks for all the information.
     
  9. Beesmom

    Beesmom Earning My Ears

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    Lol if you see anyone out of their clothes on St. John, report it to a park ranger and watch the ticketing. :rotfl:

    Matter of fact if you wear your swimsuit without a coverup in town that's a ticketing too. VI culture is conservative.

    Also: If you want to take the hike from behind the National Park Office (which is near the Ferry dock) to Salomon beach , this trail (lind point) is well-marked and easy. I did it last year in my Tevas. It took about 30 minutes. Just don't load yourself down with stuff - a towel and some water and maybe a snack or two (and someone carry the sunscreen and Off!).

    I hope you do this, Jodie! That's what we do some years and it's well worth it!

    -Sandy
     
  10. Slappy32

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    Here is an alternative to the ferry. It is 2.5 more expensive, but may be more flexible for some groups. I have not used this service but another thread on this board has.

    http://www.watertaxi-vi.com
     
  11. GBBTomorrow

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    Would you (or anybody) tell me more about this hike? My family is leaning toward this option, but I am starting to waver in worrying over getting back to the ship on time. We would try for the 8:00 ferry; is there time to enjoy this hike and take the 1:00 ferry back to Red Hook to get to Havensight on time? I don't want to be a nervous wreck all day, but of the options in this port, this seems most appealing to us. We love National Parks and are up for the hike.
     
  12. Slappy32

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    I know there are people that have done the hike. I even think there is an official excursion for it. Keep in mind that St. John is mountainous and the hiking can be strenuous with steep uphills and downhills.
     
  13. GBBTomorrow

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    We are home from the June 15 Fantasy, and our most memorable experience was our trip to St. John, which we did on our own (me 43, DH 43, dd 17, ds 13, dd 10).

    The ship did not let us out in time to make the 8:00 Red Hook ferry, but we made the 9:00 with ease and everything was fine. We took a cab to Red Hook, then the ferry to Cruz Bay. Prices for both were exactly as reported here on the DIs, and there were no surprises or problems. From the ferry dock, we walked over to the national park office and took the Lind Point trail to Salomon's Beach. It was a rainy day, so the trail was wet and a little bit slippery for my 10 yr-old, but nothing too bad. Funny thing is that I stopped to look at some plants, and my son said, "hey, look at the iguana!" My right foot was about two inches from a HUGE iguana! I am glad I didn't step on it, and wonder how many others we passed that we didn't see. They really blend in!

    We took the upper trail to the beach, and the view of Cruz Bay from the overlook was well worth the little extra effort. It was uphill, but no worse than where we live in Upstate South Carolina. I'd say comparable to walking in my neighborhood, but more rocky. The trail is about a mile or so to the beach.

    When we got to the beach, it took our breath away. It was unbelievably beautiful, with white sand and the clearest water I have ever seen, shallow a great distance out from shore like a swimming pool. We swam and saw pretty fish. We could see the excursion boats by the next beach around the bend, but the five of us had this beach all to ourselves. I will never forget it, and I am already trying to figure out how to get back.

    We took the lower trail back, which was very easy and quick. The trail is well-marked with signs and in good condition. We took the 1:00 ferry back to Red Hook and a cab back to the ship. I am glad we did not push it to take the 2:00 ferry. We would have made it, but I would have been anxious and it would not have been worth that stress for one more hour at the beach. The traffic does stop coming back into the cruise port, and if we had been close to 3:45 all aboard time, I would have been nervous sitting there. We could see the ship by the time the traffic got bad, so theoretically we could have gotten out and run, but I am glad that we returned in an unhurried manner.

    It was a rainy day, but I would still do it again. While we were at the beach it stopped raining and misted a little. The bad rain came as we were returning to the ship, so it did not really affect us at all. We were swimming anyway, so the little bit of drizzle here and there was no big deal. We just put our things under a palm tree with the camera in a plastic bag we brought, and everything was fine. It was even private enough to go behind a tree to change out of bathing suits before walking back

    Some things to bring along:
    We had bottled water, a box of granola bars, bug spray, sunscreen, and brush/baby powder for removing sand. We used all of these things. We also brought towels from the ship.

    It was a fantastic experience over all. Let me know if you have any questions.
     
  14. I❤MICKEY

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    I have been planning to book the St. John Island Tour. My DS will be 5 and almost 3 at the time of sailing. This is one of the few St. John options for children under 5. It is also important to us to visit the visitor's center for the national park which is offered during this tour. That being said I would be interested in hearing what you've been told about the tour that turned you off. I've posted a few questions in the the Eastern Caribbean thread about this tour but never received much response. Thank you in advance.
     
  15. Castillo Mom

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    Trunk Bay is absolutely gorgeous! I would love to go back to St. John for a week's vacation one of these days.

    We didn't have any issues with taking a taxi to catch the ferry, very easy process.
     
  16. Silverfox97

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    Me too!!!!

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  17. caribbeandreaming

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    Here is the thread about the St. John Island Tour...

    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3084370

    The main reason we didn't do the tour is because we did a Bernard's Tour in St. Maarten the day before, and didn't want to make our DS do one 2 days in a row. It wasn't anything against the tour though - just personal preference. We ended up not going over to St. John at all, and I definitely regret that. We were so tired from our St. Maarten day and then pirate night that we didn't move very early on our St. Thomas day. By the time we got off the ship, it wouldn't have been worth the money to go over to St. John and be back by 3:45. We talked to a few people who went and said it was absolutely amazing.
     
  18. ajjcarlin

    ajjcarlin Earning My Ears

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    We traveled to St. John on our own with 14mth old, 8 and 12 yr. old. They loved it, so did me and husband. We prearranged our taxi with Islander Taxi, so he was waiting at port gate with a sign with our name on it. It was super easy, and we never felt stressed about time. We went to Trunk bay, it was the most beautiful beach, we got there before the Disney excursion so there was plenty of shade to claim. There was also a beautiful reef to snorkel, a stingray swam around us at the beach it was amazing! Took 1:00 ferry back to St. Thomas, then had time to shop by port. Will definitely do this again when we go back.
     
  19. princesspeaony

    princesspeaony Have Champagne, will travel!

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    Thanks so much for the details, friends!
    I know we can't take food off the ship, and with such a short time, I'm hesitant to take the time to look for food on St. J, but is there anywhere enroute to Salamon, or in Cruz bay that we could grab some quick picnic goodies to take along?
    Appreciate it!!
     
  20. mommy_grrl

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    Its been a few years, but the deli in Cruz bay (right on the waterfront) had yummy sandwiches and wraps (they were huge), salads, etc. We bought a picnic lunch and took it with us that day to Honeymoon bay.
     
  21. Kerrio929

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    Will you have a car? Sorry I didn't read the rest of the thread. If you do, there is a little grocery store called Starfish market just outside of town that you could grab stuff at.
     

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