We're hitting these three ports on the Carnival Miracle this March. We've already been to St. Thomas, so we were considering hitting St. Croix or St. John. Has anyone done this, and if so, how difficult is it/how long does it take to get to the other islands? Is there anything you would recommend doing/seeing at St. John or St. Croix?
We also were hoping for some recommendations for things to do/see in San Juan and Tortola. We don't really want to take any cruise line-affiliated shore excursions this time around, just because they've seemed to be so incredibly disorganized in the past and by the time you're done, you often don't have time to explore on your own.
Any info would be appreciated. Thanks!
Booked on NCL Breakaway, Feb. 2014
Carnival Conquest, Feb. 2012
NCL Gem, Sept. 2011
NCL Jewel, Feb. 2011
NCL Dawn, Sept. 2010
NCL Spirit, Feb. 2010
NCL Gem, March 2009
RCCL Explorer of the Seas, Feb. 2008
Carnival Miracle, May 2007
Carnival Conquest, April 2006
Caribbean Princess, Feb. 2005
San Juan-Old San Juan or the Bacardi Factory tour. St. Thomas-Trunk Bay on St. John. Take the ferry from Red Hook or Charolette Amalie to St. John then a cab to Trunk Bay. The ferry ride takes about 20 minutes from Red Hook, the cab ride takes about 10 minutes. The cab fare to Red Hook is $11/per person each way, and takes between 15-45 minutes depending on traffic. The ferry is $6 or $6.50 per person each eay, and the cab fare was $4/per person each way. Tortola-we did a couple of excellent sail/snorkels near Norman Island. Plus we asked one of the local drivers to take us on a tour of the island. He took us to a restaurant that overlooked where the Caribbean met the Atlantic, it was awesome. He took us to a beach that was on the west side of the island that was beautiful and by the bar where Jimmy Buffet wrote Cheeseburger in Paradise. It was a great tour and a beautiful island. Have a wonderful cruise!