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A Day in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands: Your Cruise Guide

St. Thomas (Charlotte Amalie), US Virgin Islands (USVI)

Setting Sail into the Morning Light

As the first rays of dawn hit the Caribbean waters, your ship sails into the beautiful port of St. Thomas. Arrival times are usually between 8:00 and 10:00 am. The sight of the emerald hillsides contrasting with the deep blue ocean is breathtaking, hinting at the fantastic day that lies ahead.

Stepping off the ship, you're met by a blend of lively island vibes and serene beach paradise. The harbor at Havensight, or occasionally Crown Bay, is bustling with activity. Here, you will find numerous facilities like shops, restaurants, and the famous Skyride to Paradise Point, offering panoramic views of the island.

Immersion in Culture: St. Thomas Exploration

Once you’ve settled into the vibrant island rhythm, it's time to explore the rich culture and history of St. Thomas. One way to start your journey is by visiting Charlotte Amalie, the capital city, known for its Danish colonial architecture, narrow streets, and historical landmarks such as Fort Christian and Blackbeard’s Castle.

Immerse yourself in the bustling local life by visiting the open-air market on Veterans Drive. Here, you'll see locals selling fresh produce, homemade goods, and even traditional island spices.

The Beachgoer’s Paradise

For beach lovers, St. Thomas is a veritable paradise with some of the world's most stunning shorelines. Magens Bay, just a short taxi ride from the harbor, is famed for its heart-shaped design and crystal-clear waters, perfect for swimming or snorkeling.

Coki Point Beach and Sapphire Beach are other outstanding choices, both offering gorgeous views, sparkling waters, and a variety of water sports to indulge in.

Adventures in St. Thomas: Unleashing the Explorer Within

St. Thomas brims with adventures for those seeking more than just leisure. A kayak tour through the St. Thomas Mangrove Lagoon offers the chance to explore unique marine ecosystems. Alternatively, you could take a snorkeling tour to see the vibrant underwater world at Coral World Ocean Park.

For thrill-seekers, there are exciting options like ziplining at Tree Limin' Extreme or sailing to the neighboring island of St. John for more exploration and hiking trails.

Taste of the Islands: Local Cuisine

The culinary scene in St. Thomas is a delightful mix of local flavors, fresh seafood, and tropical fruits. Delight in traditional dishes like 'Fungi' - a cornmeal dish often served with fish, or 'Callaloo' - a leafy green stew.

Don't miss out on savoring local seafood, especially the conch fritters, a local favorite. For drinks, nothing beats a refreshing Bushwacker, a creamy, chocolate-flavored cocktail popular in the Virgin Islands.

The Final Chapter: Souvenirs and Parting

As the day winds down, ensure to take a piece of St. Thomas back with you. The shops at the harbor or in Charlotte Amalie offer an array of local crafts, jewelry, rum, spices, and much more.

Returning to the ship, the Caribbean sunset provides a fitting end to a remarkable day. As the cruise ship sets sail for the next destination, you leave with a heart full of the vibrant spirit and unforgettable beauty of St. Thomas.

St. Thomas (Charlotte Amalie) from Miami Cruise Schedule

A cruise that begins in Miami and stops in the St. Thomas (Charlotte Amalie) would enchant even the most seasoned tourist with its natural splendor. Cruises to the St. Thomas (Charlotte Amalie) are ideal for those who fantasize about lovely beaches dotted with palm trees and crystal-clear waters.

Carnival Cruise Line Eastern Caribbean 8-day route

8-day Eastern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

Carnival Magic, Carnival Cruise Line

Date: November 30, 2024

Ports of Call: Miami, Amber Cove, San Juan, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Miami; View Itinerary

Norwegian Cruise Line Eastern Caribbean 7-day route

7-day Eastern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

Norwegian Encore, Norwegian Cruise Line

Date: January 19, 2025

Ports of Call: Miami, Puerto Plata, St. Thomas, Tortola, Great Stirrup Cay, Miami; View Itinerary

Carnival Cruise Line Eastern Caribbean 8-day route

8-day Eastern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

Carnival Magic, Carnival Cruise Line

Date: February 22, 2025

Ports of Call: Miami, Amber Cove, San Juan, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Miami; View Itinerary

Norwegian Cruise Line Eastern Caribbean 9-day route

9-day Eastern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

Norwegian Sky, Norwegian Cruise Line

Date: August 12, 2024

Ports of Call: Miami, Puerto Plata, St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Maarten, San Juan, Great Stirrup Cay, Miami; View Itinerary

Royal Caribbean Eastern Caribbean 7-day route

7-day Eastern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

Icon of the Seas, Royal Caribbean

Date: January 11, 2025

Ports of Call: Miami, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, CocoCay, Miami; View Itinerary

Norwegian Cruise Line Eastern Caribbean 7-day route

7-day Eastern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Cruise Line

Date: August 11, 2024

Ports of Call: Miami, Puerto Plata, St. Thomas, Tortola, Great Stirrup Cay, Miami; View Itinerary

Norwegian Cruise Line Eastern Caribbean 7-day route

7-day Eastern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

Norwegian Encore, Norwegian Cruise Line

Date: February 2, 2025

Ports of Call: Miami, Puerto Plata, St. Thomas, Tortola, Great Stirrup Cay, Miami; View Itinerary

Royal Caribbean Eastern Caribbean 7-day route

7-day Eastern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

Icon of the Seas, Royal Caribbean

Date: February 8, 2025

Ports of Call: Miami, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, CocoCay, Miami; View Itinerary

Royal Caribbean Eastern Caribbean 7-day route

7-day Eastern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

Icon of the Seas, Royal Caribbean

Date: April 19, 2025

Ports of Call: Miami, St. Kitts, St. Thomas, CocoCay, Miami; View Itinerary

Norwegian Cruise Line Southern Caribbean 12-day route

12-day Southern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Cruise Line

Date: March 31, 2025

Ports of Call: Miami, Puerto Plata, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, San Juan, Great Stirrup Cay, Miami; View Itinerary

Royal Caribbean Eastern Caribbean 7-day route

7-day Eastern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

Icon of the Seas, Royal Caribbean

Date: October 5, 2024

Ports of Call: Miami, St. Kitts, St. Thomas, CocoCay, Miami; View Itinerary

Royal Caribbean Eastern Caribbean 7-day route

7-day Eastern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

Icon of the Seas, Royal Caribbean

Date: June 29, 2024

Ports of Call: Miami, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, CocoCay, Miami; View Itinerary

Carnival Cruise Line Eastern Caribbean 7-day route

7-day Eastern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

Carnival Celebration, Carnival Cruise Line

Date: December 8, 2024

Ports of Call: Miami, Amber Cove, San Juan, St. Thomas, Miami; View Itinerary

Carnival Cruise Line Eastern Caribbean 7-day route

7-day Eastern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

Carnival Celebration, Carnival Cruise Line

Date: September 22, 2024

Ports of Call: Miami, Amber Cove, San Juan, St. Thomas, Miami; View Itinerary

Carnival Cruise Line Eastern Caribbean 7-day route

7-day Eastern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

Carnival Celebration, Carnival Cruise Line

Date: June 23, 2024

Ports of Call: Miami, Amber Cove, San Juan, St. Thomas, Miami; View Itinerary

Carnival Cruise Line Eastern Caribbean 7-day route

7-day Eastern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

Carnival Celebration, Carnival Cruise Line

Date: July 28, 2024

Ports of Call: Miami, Amber Cove, San Juan, St. Thomas, Miami; View Itinerary

Norwegian Cruise Line Eastern Caribbean 7-day route

7-day Eastern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

Norwegian Encore, Norwegian Cruise Line

Date: December 15, 2024

Ports of Call: Miami, Puerto Plata, St. Thomas, Tortola, Great Stirrup Cay, Miami; View Itinerary

Carnival Cruise Line Eastern Caribbean 8-day route

8-day Eastern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

Carnival Magic, Carnival Cruise Line

Date: November 2, 2024

Ports of Call: Miami, Amber Cove, San Juan, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Miami; View Itinerary

Royal Caribbean Eastern Caribbean 7-day route

7-day Eastern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

Icon of the Seas, Royal Caribbean

Date: December 14, 2024

Ports of Call: Miami, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, CocoCay, Miami; View Itinerary

Norwegian Cruise Line Eastern Caribbean 7-day route

7-day Eastern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

Norwegian Encore, Norwegian Cruise Line

Date: January 26, 2025

Ports of Call: Miami, Puerto Plata, St. Thomas, Tortola, Great Stirrup Cay, Miami; View Itinerary

Royal Caribbean Eastern Caribbean 7-day route

7-day Eastern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

Icon of the Seas, Royal Caribbean

Date: November 16, 2024

Ports of Call: Miami, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, CocoCay, Miami; View Itinerary

Carnival Cruise Line Eastern Caribbean 8-day route

8-day Eastern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

Carnival Magic, Carnival Cruise Line

Date: August 24, 2024

Ports of Call: Miami, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, San Juan, Amber Cove, Miami; View Itinerary

Norwegian Cruise Line Eastern Caribbean 14-day route

14-day Eastern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Cruise Line

Date: January 3, 2025

Ports of Call: Miami, Great Stirrup Cay, Catalina Island, Curacao, Aruba, Bridgetown, Antigua, St. Kitts, St. Thomas, Tortola, Puerto Plata, Miami; View Itinerary

Norwegian Cruise Line Eastern Caribbean 7-day route

7-day Eastern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Cruise Line

Date: July 21, 2024

Ports of Call: Miami, Puerto Plata, St. Thomas, Tortola, Great Stirrup Cay, Miami; View Itinerary

Norwegian Cruise Line Eastern Caribbean 11-day route

11-day Eastern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Cruise Line

Date: December 1, 2024

Ports of Call: Miami, Puerto Plata, San Juan, St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, Tortola, Great Stirrup Cay, Miami; View Itinerary

Carnival Cruise Line Eastern Caribbean 8-day route

8-day Eastern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

Carnival Magic, Carnival Cruise Line

Date: June 1, 2024

Ports of Call: Miami, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, San Juan, Amber Cove, Miami; View Itinerary

Carnival Cruise Line Eastern Caribbean 8-day route

8-day Eastern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

Carnival Magic, Carnival Cruise Line

Date: January 25, 2025

Ports of Call: Miami, Amber Cove, San Juan, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Miami; View Itinerary

Norwegian Cruise Line Eastern Caribbean 7-day route

7-day Eastern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

Norwegian Encore, Norwegian Cruise Line

Date: March 16, 2025

Ports of Call: Miami, Puerto Plata, St. Thomas, Tortola, Great Stirrup Cay, Miami; View Itinerary

Royal Caribbean Eastern Caribbean 7-day route

7-day Eastern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

Icon of the Seas, Royal Caribbean

Date: August 24, 2024

Ports of Call: Miami, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, CocoCay, Miami; View Itinerary

Carnival Cruise Line Eastern Caribbean 7-day route

7-day Eastern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

Carnival Celebration, Carnival Cruise Line

Date: November 3, 2024

Ports of Call: Miami, Amber Cove, San Juan, St. Thomas, Miami; View Itinerary