St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
St Thomas is one of the most popular cruise ports in the Caribbean.
Where You're Docked
There are two main cruise ship piers: Havensight (West Indies Dock) on the east side and Crown Bay on the west side. In the center is the capital of Charlotte Amalie. On extremely busy days, ships may anchor and tender right into Charlotte Amalie. Port authority cruise schedules here http://www.viport.com/seaports/vessels.html or http://www.vinow.com/general_usvi/cruiseship/ship_schedule.php
Money and Tipping
The taxi association has a stranglehold on transport of tourists with fixed rates per person. If you don't want to pay their inflated rates, hop on the safari dollar buses used by the locals. Wait for one at a bus stop and ignore the tourist taxi drivers. Pay the driver when you exit $1 for short distances and $2 for longer distances. There are public buses but they are very infrequent. More info http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g147404-s303/St-Thomas:Caribbean:Public.Transportation.html and http://www.vinow.com/stthomas/getting_around_stt/
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Been Here Before
Take a ferry to Water Island from Crown Bay or from Charlotte Amalie to Cruz Bay on the neighboring island of St John. http://www.vinow.com/general_usvi/interisland_ferry
Shopping & Restaurants
Both terminals have adjacent shopping centers which open when cruise ships are in. Havensight has a much larger shopping area and there is a supermarket and Kmart down the road. For dining options in Havensight, there is a Hooters across the road and a Senor Frogs at the end of the pier. Downtown east of Emancipation Gardens is Vendors Market with outdoor stalls selling t-shirts and souvenirs. In Crown Bay, there is a small gourmet supermarket in the adjacent marina and a larger one towards the main road into town. A little to the north is a shopping plaza with some restaurants and a KFC.
Post offices can be found on Veterans Drive west of Charlotte Amalie, northwest corner of Emancipation Gardens (5046 Norre Gade) and in Havensight (building 7 next to Port of Call Mall). On weekends, offices are typically open Sat mornings only and closed Sundays.
Internet cafes can be found close to both cruise terminals, serving mainly the ship's crew. Cafes and restaurants may provide free wifi for customers.
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