St Thomas arrival time?
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Usually a ship that is given a 9 AM arrival time is anchored - from some of our past experiences.
And yes, you will have to wait for the ship to clear and everyone to go through immigration - which shouldn't take long - BUT - there are always some people who ignore their letters (they think it doesn't apply to them) while others don't listen to the annoucements - and some who aren't even up yet. Only once since the new regulations went into effect did we have to wait for 2 hours before the ship cleared. The rules have changed now.
Now they a person a card that goes through immigration a card. You can leave the ship anytime after getting the card but you can't get back on until everyone has cleared immigration.
We learned the hard way that this is an issue on which you simply can't get good reliable info and if you have plans ashore that are time specific it is essential that you be early. All of your party needs to be ready to go when they do pass out the passes. Good luck! Only 51 days to go!!
Hint: St. T is a great place to mail postcards, since it is US postage. I usually stay up the night before writing notes and go directly to the post office downtown.