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Should we do the ships catamaran champagne sail?

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We will be in St. Thomas from 8-6. I was thinking about booking the St. John Champagne Catamaran Sail through Carnival. Is this a good call or are there better options for St. John? We spent the day in St. Thomas last time and while we enjoyed it we want to see St. John this time. :) Also, it doesn't begin until 11:15. Would we have time to do anything, besides shopping, in St. Thomas first? What time do those shops by the port open?

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A daysail is a nice option and you'd get a better deal by doing it on your own than through Carnival. We've sailed to St. John, anchored, and enjoyed the water and beaches of St. John this way.

Lots of daysail suggestions if you do a search on here or tripadvisor.

If you stick with the Carnival plan, you would have time to shop at the Havensight shops right near where the ship docks. Not sure what time the shops open but when the ships come in, I'm sure they'll open up!

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We've done a few ship excursions to St John and the Champagne sail was my favorite. It is more $$$ but very nice. You probably wont have too much time left over for exploring on your own. We have taken taxis and buses all over many islands but still are gun shy when boats are involved. Our boat broke down in Barbados and we almost missed the ship! :eek:

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We will be doing a cruise and will be in St Thomas from 10am to 7pm. My first thought was to do a day sail. Expensive but have heard some great reviews from people who have booked some excellent private excursions. I guess my issue is that if we did a full day sail we would not have any time to shop and pick up a few things. This leads me back to the champagne catamaran sail that rccl does. I normally do not do ship tours but in this case they do a 4 hour trip which would allow some shopping time. With 6 ships in port, I feel like I need a water trip to avoid the crowds. Any thoughts on this trip or something else I should consider?


Decisions, decisions!!

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