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Old March 26th, 2013, 01:40 PM
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Question St. Thomas: which NCL sail/snorkel excursion is best?

My big sis and I will be on the Norwegian Gem in a couple of weeks, and the one port where we're going to book an official excursion is St. Thomas.

Three main goals:
1. avoiding sunburn
2. getting back to the ship on time
3. relaxing at a slow pace (this pretty much rules out the speedboat excursions)
Due to our fear of missing the boat (literally), we've decided to stick to the official NCL excursions. We're not into shopping or hiking, and we definitely want to spend as much time as possible in or near the water.

Our NCL short excursion candidates so far:

  • St. John Champagne Catamaran Sail & Snorkel
  • Turtle Cove Catamaran Sail & Snorkel
  • Captain Nautica Snorkel
  • St. John Beach Escape & Snorkel
  • Legendary Kon Tiki Beach & Sightseeing

The Castaway Girl Barefoot Sail & Snorkel looks fun but also looks like there's no shade whatsoever on the boat.

Would any of you who have done the excursions in the list above have time to offer some advice? Thank you so much.
Sissy #4
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Old March 27th, 2013, 12:13 AM
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We've been to St. Thomas a couple of times. Both times we went to Coki Beach. I went diving on a boat, with the Coki Beach Dive Club. Others did beach Discovery diving, or just snorkeled or enjoyed at the beach. It was very easy and relaxing.

After lunch we had the taxi/bus to pick us up and did an island tour, ending up at Paradise Point. Stayed there for an hour, before being picked up to get down to the port. No problem getting back to ship on time.

St Thomas is not very big. Lots of open air taxi/buses.
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