Here’s Day Seven in a series of blog from our friend Jackie about her recent Regal Princess experience! Enjoy!
Regal Princess- Book Ship Excursion Tours to Enjoy St. Thomas
However, the couple hadn’t done their homework. They expected to step off the ship and walk to a nearby beach, much as they had done when we stopped at Princess Cays and took tenders to the island. That’s not the way it is on St. Thomas.
Sure, the island is home to one of the world’s best beaches – Magens Bay, as selected by National Geographic magazine. But Magens Bay is about a half-hour away from the ship dock. Another lovely beach, Trunk Bay on St. John, is about a 30-minute ferry ride away.
Docking is easy at St. Thomas. The Regal Princess docks near the long walk where passengers can stroll to meeting places for shore excursions or can spend time in the countless shops. Little else is available within easy walking distance.
Unless you want to spend your time in shopping hell where the ship docks, it’s best to peruse the shore excursions before you even begin your cruise. Taxis and shuttles are available at the dock but it is wiser to book a shore excursion with Regal Princess.
Since our ship was in St. Thomas from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., there was plenty of time to enjoy one of the many excursions offered by the Regal Princess.
Wealth of St. Thomas shore excursions
During our day in St. Thomas, the Regal Princess offered snorkeling and diving, a day at Magens Bay, seeing sea creatures at Coral World Marine Park, touring Blackbeard’s Castle, and driving to Mountain Top – a totally rebuilt mecca on top of a mountain which is said to be the birthplace of the famous banana daiquiri. Plus much more.
St. Thomas has always been a favorite cruise ship stop. The weather is close to perfect with year-round temperatures ranging from 73 to 89, depending on sea breezes.
Although Christopher Columbus landed here in 1493, he wasn’t impressed and didn’t even stake a claim. Spain’s loss was pirate’s gain and the island soon became a haven for notorious buccaneers. Blackbeard wasn’t the only pirate to seek refuge on St. Thomas. Bluebeard was a frequent visitor too. Today, tourists have replaced pirates.
Story and photos by Jackie Sheckler Finch.