We will be docking into St. Thomas are there other nice beaches at St. Thomas if you do not go to Trunk Bay which I have been reading is a very nice beach. When I talked to my TA about going to Trunk Bay she was somewhat against it because you do not book directly through with Carnival and was scarred if some of our group ventured to Trunk Bay and not get back in time for the pullin off of the ship. Does anyone have any thoughts regarding this. It seem like we may have enough time to do this we are docked from 8-6. Do not know if we will be getting off the ship right at 8 though so do not kow if we will have enough time to go to Trunk Bay can someone share their thoughts with me regarding this
We had more than enough time to go to trunk bay on our own. We stayed 3 hours at the bay and still returned with enough time to go back on board, drop off our beach stuff, change and go back out and get about an hour of shopping in.
As long as you leave the beach by 2 or 3 oclock and pay attention to the ferry schedule (it departs ever hour and at times every half hour) you should be fine. Just be sure to tell the bus driver (unless you take a taxi but there is really no need) you need to go to the cruise ship port and they will tell you if they will go by there or not.
I don't know why your TA would say such a ridiculous thing. Carnival offers several excursions over to St John. One of them is the St John Trunk Bay Snorkel excursion. You can look at it on Carnival's website under Shore Excursions-Eastern Caribbean-St Thomas.
A taxi from Havensight to the Red Hook Ferry will probably run you atleast $10 per person each way. The ferry is $5 per person each way. Then you would have to get from the ferry area in St John to Trunk Bay/Trunk Bay back to Ferry, and pay for your gear snorkel gear.
It has been a long time since we did this but....
We took a relatively inexpensive tour of St. John through the cruise line. This tour passed by Trunk Bay. So we just got off the bus, spent the day there and hopped back on one of the buses that frequent the area back to the ferry. At the time it seemed like something that happens all the time. It cost us about half of what the snorkle tour did. Don't know if that is still an option now.