Destination – A Glimpse at St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands

This was our first of three ports of call on the Norwegian Escape eastern Caribbean 7 night cruise.

St Thomas early morning

St. Thomas early morning

 

St. Thomas Havensight cruise port

St Thomas Havensight cruise port

St. Thomas Havensight cruise port

 

The view from our Starboard side balcony was directly of the Havensight port in St. Thomas. From here we could also see the cable car that would take you to the top of the hill for a view. Apparently the view and a restaurant are very good, but that is all that is up there and it costs $21 USD for as many ups and downs as you want.

MSC Divina arriving in St Thomas

MSC Divina arriving in St Thomas

 

We arrived at 7.30am and made our way ashore around 9am after breakfast. A few other ships also arrived after us, MSC Divina is arriving and docks right behind us.

Air conditioned ride on St Thomas USVI

Air conditioned ride on St. Thomas USVI

 

At first, we were considering going up for the view on the cable car but then a local gentleman said not to bother and rather sold us on a tour. We paid $25 USD for this tour along with 7 others and spent the next 2 and a half hours getting a glimpse of St. Thomas.

We left the port and made our way through town and up to a lookout.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas US Virgin Islands

St Thomas US Virgin Islands

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas US Virgin Islands

 

This was our view from the top of the hill looking down over the town of Charlotte Amalie and the port.

From here we continued to another lookout this time to the other side, the Atlantic side and a view down to Magens Bay.

Magens Bay St. Thomas USVI

Lockout over Magens Bay St Thomas USVI

Lockout over Magens Bay St. Thomas USVI

 

Next we had a quick stop in at Magens Bay beach which costs $5 per adult over 13 years!! The beach looks nice from our quick glimpse, I can’t comment any more having not got out of the van, it is listed as one of the worlds most beautiful beaches though.

Welcome to Magens Bay beach St Thomas

Welcome to Magens Bay beach St. Thomas

 

Magens Bay beach on St Thomas USVI

Magens Bay beach on St Thomas USVI

 

Our tour continued along the high road with great views past the Mahogany Rum golf course where the likes of Tiger Woods and Bill Clinton played. (a bit of trivia)

Mahogany Run Golf Course USVI

The view down to Mahogany Run Golf Course USVI

The view down to Mahogany Run Golf Course USVI

 

Next up was a quick stop down at Coki beach, with clear blue warm waters and LOTS of people…

Coki beach on St. Thomas USVI

Coki beach on St Thomas USVI

Coki beach on St Thomas USVI

 

Coki beach on USVI near to Coral World

Coki beach on USVI near to Coral World

 

Near to Coki beach is where you’ll find ‘Coral World’, another tourist destination.

Our tour ended for us in the town of Charlotte Amalie where we walked around the market, before heading into the old town area. The driver would have taken us back to the ship.

The markets in Charlotte Amalie

The markets in Charlotte Amalie

The markets in Charlotte Amalie

 

Old town area of St. Thomas USVI

Side roads in the old town area of St Thomas USVI

Side roads in the old town area of St. Thomas USVI

 

The old town area is quite nice with the buildings very close making really nice alleys to walk down. We stopped in a cafe for a coffee and a few drinks before heading back to the ship.

St Thomas and Charlotte Amalie USVI

St Thomas and Charlotte Amalie USVI

 

Typical USVI transport

Typical USVI transport

 

The town here was rather busy with us tourists and Charlotte Amalie has been taken over by gem stores trying to sell you the best cheapest (expensive) diamonds… So sad.

Shopping streets on St Thomas USVI

Shopping streets on St. Thomas USVI

 

Walking to or from the ship to Charlotte Amalie

Walking to and from the ship to Charlotte Amalie

Walking to or from the ship to Charlotte Amalie

 

The walk back to the ship is very nice and not difficult at all, with a nice pathway to get you home safely. Also allows for a nice view of the ship.

walk from Havensight port to Charlotte Amalie

Walk from Havensight port to Charlotte Amalie

 

The view of Charlotte Amalie in USVI from the ship

Charlotte Amalie in USVI

Charlotte Amalie in USVI

 

This is a very nice port of call and one that we would like to visit again.

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