Discover the tax-free shopping Mecca of the Caribbean in Charlotte Amalie. While the island boasts some of the world’s most stellar beaches and snorkeling (Coki, Sapphire, Trunk Bay), the shopping is in a galaxy all its own. Designer shops line the harbor’s Main Street while many more stores cram the narrow streets well into the interior. Look for jewelry, watches, china, liquor, linens, tobacco, and delicious rum balls. Stop for a breather to enjoy a creative rum cocktail. Then, when hunger strikes, head over to Frenchtown for a fabulous meal in lush tropical splendor.
British Virgin Islands
Most Active or Strenuous
Minimal Activity Required
Discover the abundant undersea beauty of St. Thomas during this memorable half-day scuba diving experience.
After receiving your safety and diving instructions, you will embark your dive boat for the ride to the dive sites. Local weather conditions on the day of the dive will determine the best dive sites, which range from depths of 35-60 feet, offering outstanding visibility, and little to no surge or current.
Preferred local dive sites include the Buck Island Wildlife Refuge, wreck of the Cartanser Senor and Navy barges. The protected west cove offers year-round sheltered diving that is ideal for students and novices. The Cartanser Senor is a 190-foot inter-island freighter that sank in 1979, and rests in three pieces in 40 feet of water. The Navy barges, neighboring twin barges that are among five sunk after World War II, feature an abundance of intriguing marine life.
Regardless of your dive location, your PADI-certified dive master and guides will accompany you throughout the tour, and provide you with assistance in the water. The typical ratio is ten or fewer divers per instructor.
Please note: Guests will be required to sign a waiver in order to participate in this excursion. You must present your dive certification card and show proof that you have dived within the last two years. If you have not dived within the last two years, you may want to take a refresher course before your cruise or select Discover Scuba instead. Wet suit rental is $10. The standard flying after diving period is 12 hours. Junior certified divers must be at least 12 years of age, and accompanied by a parent or guardian. Wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a towel from the ship. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair. This tour may not be exclusive to RSSC guests.
Discover the tropical beauty of the Virgin Islands from a unique perspective during this exhilarating helicopter flight-seeing tour over St. Thomas.
Depart the pier for the scenic drive to the Air Center's private helipad in downtown Charlotte Amalie. Upon arrival, you will board your awaiting helicopter for your flight over St. Thomas' south coast. You will then cross over to the island of St. John, where you will fly over Cruz Bay and Caneel Bay.
You will then catch a glimpse of the British Virgin Islands before proceeding to St. Thomas' beautiful North Shore. Here, you will see Coki Point, Coral World and beautiful Magen's Bay before flying over the historic Drake's Seat and Louisenhoj Castle. You will then descend back over Charlotte Amalie Harbor before gently touching down back at the helipad.
Following your helicopter tour, you will re-board your mini-van for the return drive to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes 17 minutes of actual flight time. Due to safety, comfort, weight and balance limitations, guests weighing 250 lbs. or more will be charged an additional half fare to reserve extra space on board the helicopter.
The Discover Scuba diving tour will enable you to explore the underwater world with an experienced instructor. After receiving your safety and diving instructions, you will practice scuba diving in a small, pool-like body of water before embarking your dive boat. You will then depart the pier for the ride to the Buck Island Wildlife Refuge. This protected cove offers year-round sheltered diving, and is ideal for first-time scuba divers. Your PADI-certified dive master and guides will accompany you throughout the tour, and provide assistance in the water. No prior experience is necessary to participate on this tour.
Following this memorable scuba tour, you will be transferred back to the pier.
Please note: No prior experience is necessary to participate on this tour. This tour is only recommended for active guests that are in good physical condition, and are good swimmers. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair. Children must be at least 12 years old and accompanied by a parent in order to participate. Guests will be required to sign a waiver in order to participate in this excursion. Wet suit rental is $10. The standard flying after diving period is 12 hours. This is a scuba experience, not a certification class. There will be one instructor for every four participants. All required equipment will be provided. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a towel from the ship. This tour may not be exclusive to RSSC guests.
Join us for a wonderful tour of St. Thomas and take in some of the most breathtaking sights that the Caribbean has to offer.
From shipside, you will be driven along Skyline Drive, and treated to the magnificent views of St. John and The British Virgin Islands, Mahogany Run championship golf course and the pretty, historical harbor of Charlotte Amalie nestling below.
Mountain Top is next, which boasts the fabulous view of Magen's Bay Beach, rated one of the top ten beaches in the world by The National Geographic Society.
Just a short drive from Mountain Top you will visit The Estate of St. Peter Great House. The Estate was formerly a private hideaway of the super rich but now is open for visitors to stroll through its nature trail featuring hundreds of varieties of flowers, fauna and birds, view classic Caribbean architecture and native stonework, and photograph panoramic views of over twenty other Virgin Islands from an observation platform.
Descending the 1,000 feet from The Estate of St. Peter Great House, you will be driven to the busy picturesque town of Charlotte Amalie and have your choice of disembarking here for shopping or carrying on back to your ship.
Please note: The tour route may vary depending on traffic and where the ship is berthed, but all stops will be made. Children under the age of four will not be permitted on this tour.
Located on Estate Lovelund in northern St. Thomas, this is the US Virgin Islands premiere golfing destination. Designed by Tom and George Fazio, Mahogany Run Golf Course offers challenging holes - including the 3 holes of the spectacular cliff-hugging Devil's Triangle - and a breathtaking view of the British Virgin Islands to the east. Recent renovations at Mahogany Run Golf Course improved grass conditions and expanded greens, improving the course's status within golfing circles. The 18-hole course should provide a challenge for the avid golfer, but frequent informal tournaments and a laid back atmosphere make it a fun day outing for anyone. Be aware there is a dress code, which calls for collared shirts and modest cut shorts. Par: 70, 6,022 Yards
Experience the beauty of the Caribbean in style during this exclusive catamaran cruise to St. John.
Depart the pier for the drive to the catamaran dock. Upon arrival, you will embark your catamaran and proceed to glide through the pristine waters of the Caribbean while your captain and first mate cater to your every need.
You will visit Waterlemon Cay and Lovango Cove, which teem with abundant coral and colorful tropical fish, and are ideal spots for beginner or experienced snorkelers. If you opt for something different than the suggested itinerary, the captain will be happy to customize the experience to meet your specifications. After snorkeling, champagne, beer and rum drinks, and fruit and vegetable platters will be served. Soda and water are always available. Snorkeling gear and instructions are also included.
Please note: The distance between the pier and catamaran dock is approximately 30 minutes in each direction. Actual sites for snorkeling are subject to change based on ocean conditions at the time of the tour. Approximately 4 hours will be spent on the boat. Guests must be at least 21 years of age to be served alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages will be served only after water activities are completed. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and bring a towel from the ship. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair. This tour operates with a minimum of four and maximum of six guests.
The thrill of world championship yacht racing is yours to discover during this unique and exciting ocean adventure in St. Thomas.
You will be greeted by a member of the OnDeck Ocean Racing Team at the pier, and escorted to your high-performance racing yacht for an unforgettable yacht race. After a brief orientation, you will receive your team hat or canvas sailor's bag, and embark the yacht. A safety briefing and sailing instructions will ensure that you will have an opportunity to help trim the sails, grind the winches, tack, jibe, and take the helm of this magnificent yacht. After the sails are hoisted, the race will begin, and you will feel a sense of excitement and competitiveness as your yacht harnesses the power of the wind.
The cockpit area will provide plenty of additional seating, enabling less adventurous guests to sit back, relax and watch their team speed towards the finish line. After the race, you will proceed back to OnDeck headquarters to celebrate with an Island Rum Punch party and view photographs of the race. Race photos and OnDeck Racing Team gear will also be available for purchase.
Please note: No prior yachting experience is necessary, but guests must be at least 12 years old to participate on this tour. Guests must be at least 21 years of age to be served alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages will only be served after the water activities are completed. All guests will be required to wear soft-soled shoes (no black rubber soles). Guests are advised to wear sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. There are restrooms and dry storage areas on the yachts.
Cruise to neighboring St. John, the most naturally preserved of the U.S. Virgin Islands, where you may snorkel, sunbathe or simply relax at gorgeous Trunk Bay.
Depart directly from the pier, where you'll board a ferry boat and begin a narrated cruise along the spectacular southeastern shore of St. Thomas. You'll pass bay after bay, each one a jewel in its own right. Before long, you'll disembark in lovely Cruz Bay on nearby St. John, a magnificently pristine island, as 60% of it is protected national parkland.
After a leisurely drive through the verdant Virgin Islands National Park, with brief photo stops at Cruz Bay, Caneel Bay and Hawksnest Bay to capture the awe-inspiring scenery, you'll arrive at Trunk Bay. This stretch of soft, white sand is considered one of the world's most beautiful beaches, and no wonder. With a backdrop of coconut palms and flowering beach maho trees, the gently curving coastline and turquoise waters are mesmerizing.
Upon arrival you'll have a short, mandatory safety briefing and be given your snorkel equipment. After that, feel free to spend your time here doing whatever you please. Sunbathe on the beach. Relax in the shade. Enjoy a snack at the beach concession or of course, take advantage of the marvelous snorkeling opportunities here. Just off shore in crystal clear waters, is a 225-yard snorkeling trail. The trail is a wonderfully unusual attraction with numerous underwater signs guiding the way and describing the marine life that is commonly seen in Trunk Bay. More than 30 species of fish thrive in these waters, including yellowtail snapper, French angelfish and colorful parrotfish.
After approximately 2-hours enjoying all that Trunk Bay has to offer, you'll rejoin your coach and drive back to Cruz Bay where you'll re-board the ferry and cruise back to the pier in Charlotte Amalie.
Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests' discretion during the stops. There will be sandy and uneven surfaces to negotiate at Trunk Bay. Those who wish to snorkel should be good swimmers. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and pregnant women should consult with their doctor before snorkeling. Guests with any other medical conditions should check with their snorkel guide before entering the water. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. A swimsuit worn under a cover-up; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; towel; and flat, comfortable walking shoes or aqua socks are recommended. Those guests participating in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.
Experience the thrill of sailing and snorkeling in the Caribbean during this catamaran getaway to Buck Island.
Depart the pier aboard the fabulous 65-foot catamaran, Castaway Girl. The catamaran is very fast and stable, and features spacious sunbathing decks and a large comfortable cockpit for those who prefer a bit of shade. You will feel the warm breezes and gaze out at the crystal-clear Caribbean waters as you set sail for Shipwreck Cove, located on Buck Island.
Upon arrival, you will spend 1.5 hours snorkeling and exploring beautiful coral reefs filled with tropical fish, sea animals and turtles. The wartime shipwreck of the Cartanza C lies 25 feet below the surface, and is home to a wide variety of sea-life. Your crew and instructors will provide assistance in the water, and point out wondrous undersea marine life.
You will be served complimentary tropical fruit drinks and rum punch, along with snacks accompanied by lively music during the relaxing ride back to the pier and ship.
Please note: All snorkeling equipment, instruction, drinks and snacks are included in the tour. Guests must be at least 21 years of age to be served alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages will be served only after water activities are completed. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and bring a towel from the ship. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair.
Experience the picturesque beauty of Cas Cay in a unique new way during this kayaking and eco-tour at the St. Thomas Mangrove Wildlife Refuge and Marine Sanctuary.
Depart the pier for the scenic drive to the St. Thomas Mangrove Wildlife Refuge and Marine Sanctuary. Upon arrival, your guide will lead you on a kayaking, reef snorkeling and hiking journey thorough a 16-acre uninhabited island. Along the way, you will take in splendid views that include coral and shell beaches, cliffs, tidal pools and a blowhole.
Seated in two-person, easy-to-paddle kayaks, you will paddle through tranquil lagoons and protected mangroves while learning about the mangrove habitats, coral reefs, rare wildlife and fragile eco-systems. Keep an eye out for stingrays, octopus, starfish, conch, puffer fish, tropical sea birds, lizards, and iguanas in their natural habitat. This tour is highly educational, and is suitable for the entire family.
Following your visit, you will be transferred back to the pier.
Please Note: This tour is only recommended for active guests in good physical condition. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair. Gatorade, water, snacks, snorkeling and safety gear, and a dry bag are included. Paddling and snorkeling instructions are also provided; no experience is necessary to participate. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, waterproof shoes, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and bring a towel from the ship. The maximum weight to participate on this tour is 250 pounds.
Discover the treasures of the Caribbean Sea during this Sea Trek helmet dive at Coral World.
Depart the pier for the brief drive to Coral World, where you will commence your helmet-only Sea Trek dive on the floor of the Caribbean Sea. Your guide will lead you and nine other guests along a trail marked with a handrail, and located 12 to 18 feet below the surface. During this 25 to 30-minute Sea Trek experience, you will explore the coral reefs and observe their abundant marine life up-close. Your Sea Trek helmet will keep your face and hair dry, and provide air, weight and stability during your marine odyssey.
In addition to your Sea Trek, some time will be made available to discover the wonders of Coral World at your leisure before you are transferred back to the pier and ship.
Please note: All participants will be required to sign a liability waiver.
Guests with previous heart attacks and/or heart surgeries, as well as guests taking beta blockers or pregnant guests are not permitted on this tour. Transportation to and from Coral World, the Sea Trek and park fees are included in the cost of this tour. The Sea Trek will last approximately 25-30 minutes. Guests with limited mobility, guests who utilize a wheelchair, guests with back and/or neck problems, and guests weighing less than 80 pounds will not be permitted to participate on this tour. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and bring a towel from the ship. Prior diving experience is not required.
Enjoy the best of the Virgin Islands on this exclusive half-day sail from St. Thomas to the enchanted island of St. John on board a custom-designed catamaran. Experience the thrill and excitement of sailing the Caribbean before enjoying one of the lovely palm-fringed beaches of St. John.
Arriving in St. Thomas, your relaxing but fun-filled day begins with a short scenic ride to a quaint local marina where you will board your catamaran. At the marina dock, your friendly crew will greet you and acquaint you with the vessel before setting off. Sit back and relax as you glide along the eastern end of the island before setting a course for St. John, the most pristine of the U.S. Virgin Islands. A brisk sail across Pillsbury Sound brings the catamaran to its special mooring destination where you can swim or be transported via dinghy (conditions permitting) to beautiful Honeymoon Beach within the St. John National Park. There, you can snorkel, beach comb, or simply relax under the palms.
Back on board the catamaran, you will enjoy complimentary cheeses, freshly baked breads, fruits, and a variety of beverages. Complimentary champagne, beer and rum punch will be available after swimming and snorkeling, while water and soft drinks are available throughout the day.
Following your stay in St. John, you will make the downwind return sail to St. Thomas, delighting in the refreshing tropical breezes as you skim across the sea. Your transportation then awaits you at the marina to transfer you back to the ship.
Please note: Activities on this tour are mainly at the guests' discretion; however participants must be able to climb steps to embark and disembark the catamaran. Those wishing to go into the water from the catamaran must be able to negotiate a swim ladder. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants should be good physical condition and be good swimmers. Swimwear; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; towel; and flat shoes with a non-slip sole are recommended. All snorkeling gear will be provided. Those guests participating in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. Alcoholic beverages will not be served to anyone under 21 years-old. An alternate snorkel site may be used based on prevailing weather and sea conditions.