St Thomas Port of Call
Hawknest Bay © Reinhard Link
Perhaps the most bustling town in the US Virgin Islands, Charlotte Amalie on the island of St. Thomas is arguably the most popular cruise port in the Caribbean. The cruise port combines the convenience of being on US territory (no passport for US citizens) with a decidedly Danish culture and atmosphere.
Among vying attractions, the vibrant and scenic town of Charlotte Amalie is the most alluring. The European-styled city, coloured with the pastels of the Caribbean, is set against deep green hills and a rich and deep bay.
Cruise ships come to St. Thomas via two ports: the more often used Havensight or the newly built Crown Bay Centre. Havensight is next to Charlotte Amalie city centre and Crown Bay is just to the west. When berths are full passengers are tendered into the port docks. Both ports have all conceivable passenger amenities, although Havensight is the larger and has a bit more on offer.
Tel: +1 (340) 774 8784
Tourist information is available from the entrance of Havensight cruise terminal
Taxis wait at both cruise terminals for the short drive into Charlotte Amalie or to other island destinations. Within Charlotte most of the town is easily walkable. A ferry from Charlotte connects to other nearby islands as does a bus service that runs to Red Hook on St Thomas.
Charlotte Amalie is a beautiful city to wander about just for its Danish ambiance. For a great view of the city hike to Black Beard's Castle, said to be the pirate's old lookout. Fort Christian is also a beautiful and historically interesting building and museum. For even better perspective of the city, ride the St Thomas Tramway up the tall hill. Out of the city, Coral World, a large marine park with and underwater observatory, is well worth a visit. To soak up beach time nothing beats Magens Bay.
Dinghy's Beach Bar and Grill - scenic spot for drinks and light meals.
Heidi's Honeymoon Grill Restaurant - great fresh seafood on the beach.
Paradise Point - top of the tram ride, with the best island view.
Havensight has an enormous shopping centre that will take some time to peruse. In Charlotte Amalie great boutique stores are best found along its Main Street also called Dronningens Gade. Cheaper souvenirs are best sought at Vendors Plaza near Fort Christian. US residents get extra duty-free allowances.
Jewellery or rum
Take a bus to Red Hook
Ride a boat to Honeymoon Beach
Visit nearby beaches on the island of St John
Charter a yacht for sunset cruise
Golf at Mahogany Run Golf Course