St. Thomas Island Overview

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Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 2 Hours
Activity Level ? Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided Not Included
Recommended Dress Comfortable clothing and sensible walking shoes are recommended. Sunglasses and sunscreen are suggested.
Restrictions Minimum age to participate is 2 years old. Guests will need to be able to step up into and off the transportation and walk on paved gravel and packed dirt surfaces, several on inclines, at the photo stops. Collapsible wheelchairs and walkers can be accommodated with advance notice; however, please note that the guest must be accompanied by someone who can assist with loading and unloading the wheelchair or walker.

Skyline Drive & Island Overview Shore Trip

This is a two-hour orientation tour of St. Thomas, with stops at some of the island's highlights and exciting views of the island itself.

St. Thomas is a mountainous island with one long ridge of hills running east and west through the center of the island, with smaller ridges branching off. The island is thirteen miles long by four miles wide, encompassing a little over 31 square miles. The highest point is Crown Mountain at 1,556 feet.

St. Thomas has a history that dates back to 1500 B.C. and the Ciboney people. They were replaced by the Arawaks and then the Caribes, long before Christopher Columbus first saw the island in 1493 on his second voyage to the "New World." Unfortunately, almost all signs of the pre-Columbus days have been lost to time.

Most of the structures and ruins that remain date from the 16th and 17th century and include Blackbeard's Castle (Skytsborg), Fort Christian and Bluebeard's Castle (Tower Fort). During your scenic orientation drive, you will be able to see them on nearby hilltops.

Riding along the crest of St. Thomas on "Skyline Drive," visitors are treated to vistas of Charlotte Amalie town, harbor as well as Hassel and Water Islands to the south; the Atlantic Ocean, Magens Bay, and Inner and Outer Brass and Hans Lollick islands to the north; and the chain of cays leading to St. John and the British Virgins to the east.

On this St. Thomas excursion, your driver/guide will make stops at various scenic overlooks as traffic/safety allows. You will pass by Drake's Seat, believed to be the spot where Sir Francis Drake himself watched for enemy vessels. A stop will be made at Mountain Top, where you will take in the most amazing views from the balcony of the shopping arcade, and if you choose, purchase a "world-famous" banana daiquiri.

At the end of the two-hour driving orientation, you will have the option of being dropped off in downtown Charlotte Amalie to experience its world-famous shopping or be taken back to the cruise ship dock.

Please Note: Guests departing from downtown will be responsible for their transportation back to their destination. Depending on the number of guests participating, tour will be conducted in vans or open-air safari buses.

4.5 Stars4.6 / 5  |  188 ReviewsReview This Tour
Not so much
May 19, 2023
The tour guide, Eston was great. The stops were mostly gift shops.
Reviewer: Sharon
2 Stars
5 ships in port
March 29, 2023
We were late on being able to leave the ship (due to clearance running late) but a call to the vendor put us at ease. She told us to look for the man in the coral shirt. Our guide was excellent and extremely knowledgeable.I give him 5 stars. The jitney had better shocks than our last experience. Stepping up into it is always a challenge for older people. The major problem is there were 5 ships in port with 30,000 cruisers combined. So by the time we got to Mountain top it was over crowded and impossible to purchase any thing. Plus there were a lot of stairs as we were parked in the upper parking lot. If you have never been to St Thomas it's a nice tour.
Reviewer: Kristi Davis
3 Stars
Very informative
March 27, 2023
The guide was very engaging and interesting. We enjoyed the sights and stories. This was a very enjoyable tour. The tour was well timed.
Reviewer: Mary Arseneau
5 Stars
St Thomas Island Overview
March 24, 2023
Great tour, beautiful overview of St Thomas.
Reviewer: Jeanette Ouellette
5 Stars
Good tour
March 17, 2023
I liked the tour very much.
Reviewer: Nancy Brink
4 Stars
Fun day
March 13, 2023
The island tour was interesting and our guide, Michael was very knowledgeable. We saw some great views and had some interesting stops and opportunities to purchase souvenirs, or get a picture with monkeys. The pickup and drop off were convenient and well organized.
Reviewer: Ginny
4 Stars