ST. THOMAS

ST. THOMAS CRUISE PORT INFO

Take a step on a global pathway. Comprised of diverse people and elements from around the globe, St. Thomas is welcoming you ashore. From the moment you glimpse this tiny palm fringed island, outlined with a brilliant azure Caribbean Sea, your mind will be captivated by the islands natural beauty. 

One very important detail when cruising into St. Thomas, the island has TWO ports of call; the West Indian Company dock, referred to as WICO and the Crown Bay dock located two miles west of Charlotte Amalie.

You may wish to reference the cruise ship schedule in preparation of your arrival.

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The WICO dock located in Havensight, is the original port of call for St. Thomas.

Situated within walking distance to Charlotte Amalie, the dock has all basic services and amenities; shopping, restaurants, car rental, USPS, ATM, and visitor information.

The one story outdoor shopping plaza includes Caribbean favorites such as:

  • Diamonds International

  • Colombian Emeralds

  • Boolchand's

  • H. Stern

  • Caribbean Surf Co - our favorite store!

If your quest is for higher end duty-free shopping you may wish to explore the nearby Yacht Haven Grande, offering labels such as:

  • Bulgari

  • Coach

  • Gucci

  • Salvatore Ferragamo

You can cover the one mile distance into Charlotte Amalie on foot (the walk can be very warm and noisy along the roadway) or catch a taxi for about $5 per person.

 
Photo Credit: A. Smrcina

Photo Credit: A. Smrcina

Beyond shopping, directly across from your WICO docked ship is the SKYRIDE to Paradise Point or the Pirates Treasure Shipwreck Museum. We always enjoy stopping in to Barefoot Buddha. The almond joy latte and sweet potato wrap will put a smile on your face.

Taxi’s will be waiting impatiently to whisk you away to a beach or shore excursion. Here’s a handy taxi rate chart.

Safari’s are the local multi carrier public transportation of the island and the Antilles EcoQuest mode of travel.

The newest addition to docking in St. Thomas is the Crown Bay Center, developed to berth the largest cruise ships in the world. Ship proximity to Charlotte Amalie is less convenient and while walking to town is possible, the journey is not enjoyable. The docking area is convenient if you wish to hop on a ferry to explore Water Island or partake in tourist trinket shopping. To explore more you will need to arrange transportation. This dock is a little more isolated from activities. Pre-travel planning will be advantageous.

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If you book a private Antilles EcoQuest we will be happy to greet you at your ship!

Be Aware: cruise ship passengers are required to have both the ship card and one photo ID to re-enter either pier.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Time Zone: St. Thomas and all U.S. Virgin Islands are on AST (Atlantic Standard Time) and do not participate in daylight savings time.

  • Duty Free Limits: U.S. residents are allowed: $1,600 per person; 5 liters of liquor (over 21 years); 5 cartons of cigarettes and 100 cigars (non-Cuban). Island made items and loose gemstones are exempt.

  • KEEP LEFT - vehicles operate on the left side of the road, in left driver side vehicles. Pedestrians take caution when crossing streets.

  • Drinking age on the island is 18 years of age.

  • Currency is U.S. American Dollar.

  • Electricity is standard American 120V.

  • Cell phone coverage is not a guarantee. AT&T has the most reliable service. Keep an eye on roaming charges.

  • Emergency Services Dial - 911 If there is an injured person care for them as best you can until help arrives, it could be awhile.

Photo Credit: A. Smrcina

Photo Credit: A. Smrcina

The narrow streets of Charlotte Amalie will quickly transform you back into an era of rich history.

View the islands past and present with an Antilles EcoQuest interpretive guide. Harmonize with the island vibes.

A full day Urban Explorer excursion includes a privately escorted aerial tour of St. Thomas on the SKYRIDE to Paradise Point.

A useful tool in your destination planning. IQCruising publishes accurate and useful information on all Caribbean ports of call.

Welcome ashore and enjoy our little island paradise!

 
 

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