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

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  1. princesspeaony

    princesspeaony Have Champagne, will travel!

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    No car. Taxiing to trunk, or possibly hiking to Salamon if we feel up to it. Anything at the red hook dock, if we end up waiting an hour?
     
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  3. julieamedeiros

    julieamedeiros Can't wait to go back!

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    We did this last year with the ship excursion. We want to do it on our own this year to gain some more island time.

    Has anyone taking the 2pm ferry back to red hook from cruz bay?

    Just wondering how tight it was to get back to the ship for 3:45pm.

    Thanks!
     
  4. A's Princess

    A's Princess Mouseketeer

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    Also interested in more replies regarding the 2pm ferry. We really want to maximize our time on St. John and need to figure it out by 1/19/14. Thanks!
     
  5. Bree

    Bree DIS Veteran

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    There is a lot of info on Cruise Critic about getting to St. John. Many recommend leaving at least 3 hours before all aboard time. Traffic can be a nightmare there.
     
  6. Slappy32

    Slappy32 Mouseketeer

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    Not trying to start a flame war, but as long as your food is safely tucked away in your bag and not visible, you can bring your own snacks. As far as following the rules, let your own conscience be your guide.
     
  7. Slappy32

    Slappy32 Mouseketeer

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    We have been in September twice, and traffic has not been an issue, but that is the low, low, low season. Your mileage may vary. You will definitely want to gauge your return time based on the number of other ships in port.
     
  8. gometros

    gometros <font color=teal>WDWWDS Chief Weapons Inspector an

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    We caught the 1:00 ferry for a 3:30 departure and that was plenty of time.
     
  9. julieamedeiros

    julieamedeiros Can't wait to go back!

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    We just got back from our New Years Eve cruise on the Fantasy....it was fantastic!

    We did do St John on our own. We got off the ship a little late due to some over sleepers (it was New Years Eve the night before) and got stuck in a unknown parade going on. So we missed the 9am ferry going over and took the 10am one.

    coming back we made the 2pm ferry and got back to the ship in plenty of time for our 3:45 all aboard. I think we arrived to the ship right before 3pm.
     
  10. goeva

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    I sent Alvin an email to ask for same arrangement. I asked the price for this year and a little detail what's included and what's not so I can ask others to join. He refused to answer me unless I already have 15-20 people want use his service. I explained to him that I can't ask others to join unless he provides me with price and the details. Here is the response I got:

    "You need to have a group of 15 to 20 people or more for us to even start to talk about any deal.
    If you can get at least 15 to 20 people interested in joining on we can talk then. Alvin"
     
  11. princesspeaony

    princesspeaony Have Champagne, will travel!

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    I must say, I was not overly thrilled with Alvin's customer service/demeanor either. The StJ portion was more than I expected, which wasn't enough to make a stink over, but a little irritating nonetheless. I did send a follow up email to ask about it, and it was never answered.Next year, I will look for a different vendor, and am also considering Cinnamon, simply because the food on Trunk was pretty dismal, and cost us over $125 for me, DH and the 10 and 4 yo. Kinda steep for burgers and dogs. Looks like Cinnamon has a restaurant...
     
  12. KLK622

    KLK622 Mouseketeer

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    We have used this company when vacationing in St. John (on one of our week long trips) and they were super prompt and reliable....I would highly recommend this route if you want to quickly get to and from St. John.

    We love St John and spend a week there every other year, so when our cruise stopped in STT this year we wanted to get to St John but didn't necessarily need to go to Trunk Bay...so we booked this day sailing trip: http://www.simplicitycharters.com

    They were amazing and I would highly recommend them..we got a nice full day on the boat with some beach time in St. John. They also made an amazing lunch. It wasn't cheap, but it is very worth it.
     
  13. Funky Chicken

    Funky Chicken misses the Citrus Swirl at Sunshine Tree Terrace!

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    We loved St. John and Trunk Bay. Took the Disney Excursion this past April.
    What we didn't love was the ferry ride from the port around the South side of St. Thomas to Cruz Bay. We had a VERY rough 45 minute trip-so rough that those sitting outside on the main level were completely soaked. I am not talking sea spray-I am talking clothes dripping wet. The trip back was only slightly better because we were going with the current and wind. I am sure this sounds silly to some of you, but it was completely unnerving to endure the trip over and know that you had to go back that way-it added a lot of stress to what should have been a carefree day.
    I would consider the taxi to Red Hook and the shorter/apparently calmer ferry ride over. Yes, I would rather not risk the ship leaving without us but I think you can be smart about that.
     

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