Charlotte Amalie

Great view from the Drake’s Seat
Blackbeard’s Castle
The Camille Pissarro Gallery

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Charlotte Amalie/St. Thomas

Discovering the Virgin Islands

A cruise to the U.S. Virgin Islands means entering the small constellation of St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John. If you travel with an MSC cruise ship, you will disembark at Charlotte Amalie, the capital with streets and places still bearing Danish names.


While you enjoy your holiday in the Antilles, you should take a pleasant stroll through the city and discover its gems. 

From Government Hill, head to Lille Tarne Gade, which means the street of the little tower in Danish: with its 99 steps, it is probably the most important stepped street of those built by the Danish from bricks used by European ships as ballast. 


At the top of the climb (actually, there are 103 steps!), you will find to have only reached the base of Blackbeard’s Castle, today a restaurant and an inn. Among the pirates to have lived here, it seems there was the terrible Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard, who inspected the bays of the island from the castle’s observation tower, which is over 300 years old. The view that opens from this spot explains the choice of the location. 


Another historical observation point is Drake's Seat, from which all of the Virgin Islands, both the US and the British, can be seen. From here, Sir Francis Drake would observe the progress of his fleet. At its feet lies Magens Bay, which was named one of the most beautiful bays in the world by National Geographic. In the bay, which sits at the back of the long bay, the water is almost always calm, the beaches are fully outfitted and refreshment bars are abundant. Here, or in other locales on the island, you can try the famous Banana Daiquiri, made exclusively using Cruzan Rum of the Virgin Islands


At Charlotte Amalie, there is also the Camille Pissarro Gallery, dedicated to the father of impressionism. The French painter was, in fact, born and raised in this city, and his childhood home has been transformed into a gallery.

Must see places in Charlotte Amalie

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Limited number of guides in languages different from English. Should your language be not available the tour will be performed in English.
  • CASTAWAY GIRL BAREFOOT SAIL & SNORKEL

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    STO09

    The highlight of your cruise will be experiencing the thrill of sailing on our fabulous 65’ Castaway Girl catamaran to Shipwreck Cove, Buck Island. The Castaway Girl is fast and very stable, having spacious sunbathing decks and a large comfortable cockpit for those of you preferring the shade, as you sail in the warm breezes and crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. Spend approximately 1½ hours at Shipwreck Cove, snorkeling and exploring beautiful coral reefs filled with tropical fish, sea animals and turtles. The wartime shipwreck of the “Catanza C” lies 25’ below the surface and is home to a wide variety of sea life. The friendly, experienced crew and instructors will provide all of the assistance that you need, as they snorkel with you, pointing out the wondrous sights to be seen below. Enjoy complimentary tropical fruit punch drinks, our famous Castaway Girl Painkiller Punch, along with other refreshments and snacks as you listen to some great music on your relaxing homeward sail back to your ship. Please Note: Snorkelers are divided into groups to suit their comfort level in the water. All snorkelers wear safety snorkel vests. Optional floating water noodles are available for guests.
    • Drink included

    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults$55.00Price per person

    • Children$55.00Price per person

  • GOLF AT MAHOGANY RUN

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    STO40

    Lovers of this originally Scottish sport would no doubt disagree that “golf is a good walk spoiled”, a comment commonly attributed to the American author Mark Twain, and the outstanding Mahogany Run course is an open invitation to play. To reach the prestigious course, you’ll first travel north of Charlotte Amalie by coach. Designed by Tom and George Fazio, the super-tight run even gives you a chance to rub shoulders with resident wildlife such as iguanas, mongoose, brown pelicans, snowy egrets and other birdlife. Along with others, mahogany trees naturally also form part of the backdrop. Stunning views of the water come into sight at holes 13, 14 and 15, a hellish trio with slippery greens and nasty roughs that fully justifies its name of the Devil’s Triangle. Don’t leave without taking a short break from gameplay at this magical spot to snap a few photos, then continue to finish the course with a final flourish. Your golfing outing then wraps up with your return to the ship. Please note: the price of the tour includes the green fee and use of a shared golf cart. Guests must be in good physical health and at least 10 years of age to take part. Guests wishing to drive and operate a golf cart must be at least 18 years of age and be in possession of a valid driver’s licence; a restriction of one driver and one passenger per cart applies. To avoid disappointment, guests are requested to observe the club’s strict dress code. For men, a shirt with a traditional or mock collar (at least 2.5 cm/1 in. in height); for women, a shirt with a collar. Guests wearing jeans, cut-off shorts, beach-/swimwear or tank tops will be denied entry to the club complex.
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      5:30 h

    • Adults$199.00Price per person

    • Children$179.00Price per person

  • KAYAK, HIKE & SNORKEL OF CAS CAY

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

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    Leave your ship in pursuit of adventure when you kayak, hike and snorkel your way around the tiny islet of Cas Cay, just off the south-eastern shore of St. Thomas. After the short drive to the St. Thomas Mangrove Wildlife Refuge & Marine Sanctuary and boarding your kayak, you’ll paddle past the mangrove lagoon’s numerous small islands with amazing views of the volcanic cliffs to enjoy as you go. Back on dry land again, you’ll then hike through the mangrove forest to reach a scenic beach with tidal pools, a rare geological blowhole and stupendous views of the Caribbean Sea, Buck Island and French Cap. Hermit Crab Races and a Pirate’s Treasure Hunt are ideal activities for the kids, while the clear waters of the coral-flanked mangrove lagoon make a perfect setting for snorkelling, regardless of your experience level. You’ll be rewarded with the thrill of swimming with the amazing underwater wildlife that occupies an old shipwreck, such as turtles, stingrays, starfish, conch and puffer fish. Your three-in-one tour then comes to a close with your return to the port and your ship. Please note: guests must be at least 6 years of age, no older than 85 years of age and weigh no more than 300 lbs to take part. The price of the tour includes snorkelling instruction and equipment, life jackets, dry bags, mesh bags, a light snack and free use of lockers and changing rooms. A gift shop is also available.
    • Snack included

    • Possibility of swimming

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$75.00Price per person

    • Children$72.00Price per person

  • PIRATE SCHOONER TO TURTLE COVE

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    STO30

    Start your Pirate Adventure aboard the classic schooner “Bones” and make-sail for Turtle Cove at Buck Island in search of plunder, turtles and fun! As we sail, explore the long gone “Capt Bones” in the dungeon below decks and search out our treasure chest & pirate stockade. Once anchored all swabbies are invited to take a nice long walk on our short plank for a “wee” dip in Turtle Cove. The friendly motley crew will also provide you with snorkel equipment for over an hour of snorkeling fun. See all the tropical fish, colorful living coral reefs and of course – curious turtles. Swim floats and underwater “windows” are also available so you can see the “Nemo”-esque metropolis of marine life below. On the fun sail back to St. Thomas become an honorary Captain and take a turn at the wheel. All water, sodas, beer, pirate grog (rum or juice) and snacks are free – get your personal “pirate” tattoo, eye-patch (children) and web-site photo – all included. So fetch up yer gear of swimsuits, towels and sunscreen and get ready for an exciting day aboard “Bones”! Notes: This is a great fun sailing experience. Suitable for all ages and snorkeling in a secluded bay only accessible by boat. Guests should be in good physical condition. Guests should be able to swim but not necessary to be experienced at snorkeling as all instruction is provided. Snorkel site may change due to weather/sea conditions.
    • Drink included

    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults$59.00Price per person

    • Children$59.00Price per person

  • TREE LIMIN’ ZIP LINING ADVENTURE

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    STO39

    Situated north of Charlotte Amalie in the island’s interior you’ll find St. Peter Mountain and the Zip Line Park that forms your destination on this enjoyable adventure tour. On arrival, the experienced guides – all ACCT-certified – will first assist you in putting on your gear ready for the drive to the summit on a 6-wheel-drive Pinzgauer, a military vehicle originally developed in the Austrian town of Graz. Once you’ve listened to a safety briefing, your adrenaline-fuelled ride will begin. No less than 6 zip lines and 2 sky bridges await you, taking you through the canopy and over a tropical landscape of astounding beauty. The final traverse is the only one of its kind in the Caribbean, a “yo-yo” line that permits travel in both directions. A chance to visit the gift shop completes your time at the mountain peak, after which you’ll return to the Zip Line Park. If you’re returning to Havensight, the tour ends with a visit to “Da Lime in Da Coconut”, a rum bar where you can put a discount coupon towards a tasty drink. Designer boutiques nearby may then tempt you to browse as you walk the short distance back to the ship. Alternatively, if your ship is berthed in Crown Bay, the tour ends at the Crown Bay Marina. Please note: guests must be at least 5 years of age and in good physical health to take part. A maximum height restriction of 198 cm/6 ft. 6 in. as well as maximum and minimum weight restrictions of 125 kg/275 lbs and 32 kg/70 lbs, respectively, apply. Guests can measure a maximum of 47 inches around the waist to take part in the tour. Guests are required to wear closed shoes and are further recommended to wear suitable outdoor apparel such as cargo shorts. The tour is considered to be unsuitable for guests with mobility problems.
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults$132.00Price per person

    • Children$119.00Price per person

  • TWO ISLAND POWER CAT

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    STO34

    The Two Island Power Cat Snorkeling Adventure shore excursion begins when you board a catamaran for a cruise to Turtle Cove, a secluded island that offers one of the best snorkeling locations in the Caribbean. Put on your snorkeling gear and you’re ready to take the plunge into the crystal clear water. As you float on the surface, watch curious turtles as they glide alongside you and see the variety of colorful tropical fish among the live corals. Your tour guide can help you identify much of the marine life you see. After leaving Turtle Cove, you’ll cruise to Mystery Cove for your second snorkeling experience. Here you’ll view underwater coral gardens teeming with such sea creatures as turtles, rays, octopuses, moray eels, and tropical fish both big and small. Upon leaving the cove, you’ll be treated to complimentary bottled water, sodas, beer, rum drinks and lively music on your return cruise. As you cruise back to the pier, enjoy the spectacular panorama of Charlotte Amalie Harbor, the emerald green island of St. Thomas and the surrounding cays against the backdrop of a beautiful blue sky. At the end of your snorkeling adventure, you’ll receive free temporary tattoos and web photos as souvenirs before returning to your ship. Please Note: This tour is suitable for all ages and snorkelling in a secluded bay only accessible by boat. Guests should be in good physical condition. Guests should be able to swim but not necessary to be experienced at snorkeling as all instruction is provided. Snorkel site may change due to weather/sea conditions.
    • Drink included

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults$62.00Price per person

    • Children$59.00Price per person

  • THE ULTIMATE ISLAND EXPERIENCE

    CITY TOUR

    STO16

    Everything you’d want to, and should, experience in St. Thomas all conveniently packed into one complete tour – a cornucopia of beaches, spectacular down island views, historical locations and ultimate shopping experiences encompassing all the best highlights of the U.S. Virgin Islands’ most popular island. This tour provides all the elements for a perfect day in paradise. Begin with a scenic ride along Skyline Drive offering breathtaking views of Charlotte Amalie Harbour, the Caribbean Sea, the British Virgin Islands and Magen’s Bay, rated by many travel magazines as one of the top ten beaches in the world. At Drake’s Seat, enjoy a great photo stop of these spectacular views before continuing down to the heart-shaped beach and crystalline waters at Magen’s Bay for two hours of sun, swimming and fun. Continue on to world famous Blackbeard’s Castle and the Kongens (King’s) Quarter (“the Williamsburg of the Caribbean”), and step back into the age of seafaring trade at the Danish West Indian port town of Charlotte Amalie. Learn stories from the island’s past of global traders, Caribbean pirates, the impacts of slavery, and life in a vibrant West Indian port city as you visit world class heritage sites and National Landmark Properties dating back to the late 1600’s. Visit several restored colonial manor houses, all set on approximately 5 acres of lush tropical grounds. As you pass the famous 99 steps, your tour includes the Caribbean World Amber Waterfall, a one-of-a-kind experience and site of the world’s tallest and largest amber waterfall. Comprised of over 12,000 amber stones from all over the world, see its cascading beauty from two storeys high. Then head on to Main Street to indulge your passion for the great recommended shopping in St. Thomas. When you're finished with your free time of shopping, head back to the ship via your pre-arranged return transportation. Please note: depending upon your personal touring and shopping time, this tour lasts as long as you like. Guests enjoy a self-guided walk through Blackbeard’s Castle & Historic District leading to the Downtown shopping district. If the ship docks, guests complete their tour via a return to the ship on a regularly scheduled harbour return by land or sea which departs from downtown. If the ship drops anchor, the return will be on tender boats (your visit to Blackbeard’s Castle ends in downtown Main Street, just steps away from the tender pier).
    • Possibility of swimming

    • Tasting included

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      5 h

    • Adults$59.00Price per person

    • Children$59.00Price per person

  • COLONIAL ST. THOMAS & SHOPPING

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    STO29

    Experience the spectacular beauty of St. Thomas, the charming historic district of the Kongens (King’s) Quarter – “the Williamsburg of the Caribbean”, and enjoy the famous Main Street duty-free shopping all in one tour. Begin with a picturesque ride along Skyline Drive offering breathtaking down island views of the Caribbean Sea, Magen’s Bay and Charlotte Amalie. Enjoy a great photo stop before continuing on to the world famous 17th century Blackbeard’s Castle, where you’ll step back into the age of the Caribbean pirates. Explore the surrounding Kongens Quarter, the former centre of Danish colonial enterprise and visit several National Landmark Properties and historical manor houses, Villa Notman, Britannia House, Crown House (once used by visiting Danish Royalty) Haagensen House, home of the Antique Print Gallery and Hotel 1829 - all listed in the National Register of Historic Places. See the world’s largest collection of life-sized pirate sculptures, crafted in copper and bronze. See lush tropical gardens, terraces and fountains, as well as St. Thomas’ unique and famous step street, known as the 99 steps. Finally, before entering the famous downtown shopping area, take in the one-of-a-kind view of the spectacular Amber Waterfall, cascading two storeys down and comprising more than 12,000 stones of amber. From there, it’s just a short walk to the recommended shopping area on Main Street, where you’ll find some of the greatest duty-free shopping in the Caribbean. When you're finished with your free time, head back to the ship via your pre-arranged return transportation. Please note: depending upon your personal touring and shopping time, this tour lasts as long as you like. Guests can enjoy a self-guided walk through Blackbeard’s Castle & the Historic District leading to the downtown shopping area. If the ship docks, guests complete their tour via a return to the ship on a regularly scheduled harbour return by land or sea which departs from downtown. If the ship drops anchor, the return will be on tender boats (your visit to Blackbeard’s Castle ends in downtown Main Street, just steps away from the tender pier).
    • Drink included

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3 h

    • Adults$52.00Price per person

    • Children$49.00Price per person

  • PEAKS, PANORAMAS, PIRATES & PLUNDER

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    STO33

    Enjoy the Best Highlights of St. Thomas from an open-air "safari bus", visiting several of the idyllic vantage points on the beautiful Virgin Island. From St. Thomas’ highest peak, gaze at Atlantic coastal views dotted with small islands and cays, overlooking heart-shaped Magen's Bay, St. John, the smallest of the Virgin Islands, as well as down island views & the distant British Virgin Islands. Then driving along the scenic artery of St. Thomas with its splendid panoramic views of St. Thomas, Downtown, the enchanting harbour surrounded by Hassle & Water Islands, lush hillsides, your ship at the dock and distant islands – even St. Croix & Puerto Rico can be seen on a clear day. Then it’s on to “The Williamsburg of the Caribbean” – world famous Blackbeard’s Castle and the surrounding historic Colonial Manor Houses, Terraced Gardens, Amber Waterfall and Downtown Shopping. When you're finished with your free time of shopping, head back to the ship via your pre-arranged return transportation. Please note: guests can enjoy a self-guided walk through Blackbeard’s Castle & the Historic District leading to the downtown shopping area. If the ship docks, guests complete their tour via a return to the ship on a regularly scheduled harbour return by land or sea which departs from Downtown. If the ship drops anchor, the return will be on tender boats (your visit to Blackbeard’s Castle ends in downtown Main Street, just steps away from the tender pier).
      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        3 h

      • Adults$52.00Price per person

      • Children$49.00Price per person

    • ST. JOHN ISLAND WITH ANNABERG RUINS

      CULTURE AND HISTORY

      STO06

      Spend a few hours off the ship on an unhurried tour that begins with a scenic boat ride along St. Thomas’ gorgeous south-eastern coastline, with views of Pilsbury Sound and Sir Francis Drake Channel to enjoy on the way. Upon arriving in the pretty port of Cruz Bay, as you then relax in the comfort of an open-air safari-style vehicle, the sightseeing route will give you a real feel for the island, with the friendly tour guide providing information on St. John's rich history, lush tropical foliage and indigenous wildlife. Look forward to catching glimpses of white-sand beaches and panoramic views of the British Virgin Islands as you travel to your next visits: the remains of the 18th-century Annaberg sugar plantation, whose stone ruins are now home to an abundance of greenery and flowers, and Whistling Cay. Stops will also be made at such scenic vantage points as Trunk Bay, the location of one of the most photographed beaches in the world, Hawksnest Bay and Caneel Bay, which overlooks the famous Rockefeller plantation. The final highlight of the tour is Bordeaux Mountain, the Virgin Islands’ highest summit at an elevation of 1,277 feet above sea level. The views are truly amazing and the stop is a great chance to take some photos to show friends and family at home. To cap off the tour, there will be time for you to do a little shopping in Cruz Bay before the boat takes you back to St. Thomas and your ship.
      • Limited seats

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4:30 h

      • Adults$59.00Price per person

      • Children$59.00Price per person

    • CORAL WORLD

      NATURAL WONDERS

      STO15

      Your tour will depart directly to Coral World, St. Thomas’ most unique attraction. The Observation Tower, which rises from the sea 100 feet offshore, is a three-story tower that transports you into an underwater wonderland. Here, in the open sea, the marvels of marine life will unfold before your eyes. Meet the juvenile nurse and other sharks in the 35ft long Shark Shallows. Join an aquarist by the Touch Pool and feel the unusual textures of sea cucumbers, starfish and other marine invertebrates. The Mangrove Lagoon offers a close-up look at the unusual and rich eco-system that forms a protective barrier between the land and the sea. You won’t want to miss the Marine Gardens and Caribbean Reef Encounter of living coral, fish and other marine life. These exhibits bring you enhanced up-close views of the breath-taking underwater world of living corals and other marine animals. An underwater communication system with speakers enables divers to communicate with the public from outside the bottom level of the Observation Tower or while in the tank in the Caribbean Reef Encounter. After spending your visit to Coral World, some of our island’s most spectacular views will be seen as you continue on our Island Tour. A stop will be made on Cassie Hill to view and photograph St. John and numerous British Virgin Islands dotted all over our sparkling Caribbean waters. From nearby Louisenhoj Castle you will see stunning views of the harbor, your cruise ship, the town of Charlotte Amalie, and on clear days, St. Croix. Please Note: Please expect walking for extended time at your own pace.
        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          3:30 h

        • Adults$49.00Price per person

        • Children$49.00Price per person

      • TORTOLA DOLPHIN ENCOUNTER

        NATURAL WONDERS

        STO37

        Prepare to tickle a tummy or two on this special interisland outing that will see you leave St. Thomas to head for Tortola – to play with one of the world’s most likeable marine mammals: dolphins. The 1-hour cruise will deliver plenty of gorgeous views .After completing immigration procedures on arrival, you’ll catch a safari taxi to the site of the Dolphin Discovery centre at Prospect Reef Port. The magical dolphin encounter is suitable for guests of all ages, so take your kids along for the experience. Once in the water, you’ll have a chance to pet, kiss and play with a dolphin during this family-friendly tour. You’ll then return to the boat for the return cruise to St. Thomas, with wonderful memories of an exceptional meet and greet to take home with you. Please note: the tour involves international travel between U.S. and British Territory. All guests must carry a valid passport; US birth certificates are not acceptable. All non-U.S. citizens must be in possession of both a valid passport and all necessary visa documents (including I-94) for entry to the United States and the British Virgin Islands; some nationalities require a special visa, with regard to which guests should consult with the Shore Excursions’ Office. The tour involves a 1-hour interisland boat transfer from the U.S. Virgin Islands to the British Virgin Islands. Guests must be at least 5 years of age to take part; children must be accompanied by a paying adult or legal guardian throughout the tour and under their constant supervision at all times. Pregnant women are not allowed to participate in this tour. Guests are recommended to wear a swimsuit and to bring a towel, high-factor sunscreen and cash/credit card for any additional purchases.
        • Limited seats

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          6:30 h

        • Adults$162.00Price per person

        • Children$149.00Price per person

      • TORTOLA DOLPHIN SWIM

        NATURAL WONDERS

        STO31

        Fulfill the dream of a lifetime!!! One that allows you to swim and interact with these amazing and intelligent aquatic mammals. Your international excursion begins with a one hour scenic inter-island boat ride from your cruise ship dock through the spectacular Sir Francis Drake Passage to the neighboring British Virgin Island of Tortola. Upon arrival you’ll go through immigration & have a short transfer via taxi safari to the Dolphin Discovery. Arrive at the lagoon and meet an experienced dolphin trainer for an educational briefing and orientation on your encounter and swim. After the introduction you are divided into groups and assigned to specific platforms, where you take turns entering the water and interacting with the dolphins. You may experience a number of dolphin interactions, these vary depending on the dolphins and their trainers. Professionally taken digital pictures of your thrilling experience are available for purchase. Please Note: Guests will travel internationally between the U.S. territory and British Territory. All guests must carry a valid PASSPORT. US birth certificates are not acceptable. All non U.S. guests must carry valid passport and all visa documents (including I-94) necessary to enter the United States and the British Virgin Islands – some nationalities may require a special visa, please consult with the Shore Excursion Office. This tour involves a one hour inter-island boat ride from the U.S. Virgin Islands to the British Virgin Islands. Minimum age to participate is 7 years old. Children between 7 to 12 years old must be accompanied in the lagoon by a participating parent or guardian. Children between 13 to 17 years old must be accompanied to the facility by a parent or guardian. Women who are pregnant may not participate in this tour. All guests must wear a flotation device while in the water. Wear a swimsuit and bring a towel.
        • Possibility of swimming

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          6 h

        • Adults$159.00Price per person

        • Children$145.00Price per person

      • ST. THOMAS ACCESSIBLE ISLAND TOUR

        SCENIC ROUTE

        STO23

        Take a splendid tour of St. Thomas in a custom vehicle that's fully equipped for limited mobility and wheelchair access, as well as anyone who wishes to enjoy the leisurely pace of this excursion. Board your custom vehicle and travel along scenic mountainous roads, as your guide shares local knowledge of the island's history, landmarks, and legends. Stop along the way at points of interest and enjoy ample time for photo opportunities. Travel up to Mountain Top, the highest point on the island, for a spectacular down island view and photo oportunity of the US and British Virgin Islands You will also pass Drake's Seat overlooking famous Magen’s Bay and the spectacular down island views, then continue to Mahogany Run for the panorama of this world-class golf course. Then enjoy the scenery along Skyline Drive with views of the Caribbean, through the historic downtown and back to the ship. Please Note: This tour is fully accessible. If a guest is confined to a scooter, the maximum weight limit is 600 lbs. Wheelchair bound guests who wish to participate should inform the Excursion Office 48 hours prior.
        • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          2:30 h

        • Adults$59.00Price per person

        • Children$59.00Price per person

      • ABI BEACH GETAWAY

        SEA & SUN

        STO38

        Take yourself off the ship for a few hours of pure relaxation in the sun and begin your excursion with a cruise along the picturesque coastline of St. Thomas on board either a catamaran or a schooner. You’ll be making your way to Abi Beach, accessible only by boat, which is situated on the site of a former 18th-century plantation. On arrival, you’ll be greeted with a complimentary rum punch and briefed on all on-site facilities and available activities, after which you can simply enjoy the pellucid water or lounge on your beach chair at your leisure. For a look at the fascinating underwater world, you can hire snorkel gear for a closer look at the protected reef and its diverse inhabitants. The Abi Beach Bar is just the spot for a refreshing drink and if hunger strikes, a selection of island-themed dishes is available for purchase at any time. You’ll have about 2 hours to spend at the beach before you re-board the catamaran or schooner for the return sail to Charlotte Amalie to the sound of lively local music. Please note: snorkel gear is available for hire and other beach activities as well as additional drinks and food are available at additional cost not covered by the price of the tour. The tour is considered to be unsuitable for guests with mobility problems. Guests are recommended to wear swimwear under comfortable clothing, high-factor sunscreen and to bring a towel.
        • Drink included

        • Possibility of swimming

        • Limited seats

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          3:30 h

        • Adults$69.00Price per person

        • Children$59.00Price per person

      • MAGNIFICENT MAGENS BAY BEACH GETAWAY & DOWNTOWN SHOPPING

        SEA & SUN

        STO24

        Paradise found!!! Magen’s Bay is recognized as one of the world’s top-rated beaches. Approximately 2 miles in length and nestled amongst beautiful tropical mountains, look in awe at the azure waters and powder white sand of this spectacular work of nature. Begin your adventure with a scenic drive by open-air safari bus along Skyline Drive up to Drake’s Seat – a breathtaking vantage point which offers commanding down island views of Magen’s Bay and the surrounding US and British Virgin Islands. Legend has it this is the site where Sir Francis Drake himself once viewed his fleet. Continue on to Magen’s Bay where you’ll enjoy sun and fun in the crystalline waters, white sandy beaches and palm fringed coastline of this magnificent heart-shaped beach. Following your time at the beach, all guests are dropped off Downtown for St. Thomas’ famous world-class duty-free shopping before returning to the ship. Please note: beach chairs are available at additional expense. If the ship docks, guests complete their tour via a return to the ship on a regularly scheduled harbour cruise which departs from downtown. If the ship drops anchor, the return will be on tender boats (your tour ends in downtown Main Street, just steps away from the tender pier).
        • Possibility of swimming

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          3:30 h

        • Adults$39.00Price per person

        • Children$35.00Price per person

      • ST. JOHN BEACH TOUR

        SEA & SUN

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        On leaving your ship, this laid-back sightseeing and beach tour begins with a drive along St. Thomas’ lovely south-eastern coastline, with views of Pilsbury Sound and Sir Francis Drake Channel to enjoy on the way. An island-hopping boat ride then takes you from St. Thomas to St. John and the charming town of Cruz Bay. After boarding an open-air safari-style vehicle, your journey takes you up and over the pretty hills of St. John with a quick stop or two to enjoy the spectacular views en route to Trunk Bay, where you can then spend 1.5 hours enjoying the beach. Snorkel equipment is provided at the beach, so gear up and slip into the inviting water to follow the specially marked underwater snorkel trail or simply lounge on the soft golden sands. The tour draws to a close with your return to Cruz Bay and the scenic sail back to St. Thomas. Please note: the price of the tour includes admission fees and snorkel equipment. Snacks are available for purchase at Trunk Bay. Snorkelling is subject to weather and sea conditions. Guests wishing to snorkel should be in good physical condition.
        • Possibility of swimming

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          4:30 h

        • Adults$69.00Price per person

        • Children$59.00Price per person

      • THE LEGENDARY KON TIKI HARBOUR & BEACH CRUISE

        SEA & SUN

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        Treat yourself to a memorable pleasure tour that will see you cruise through the harbour of Charlotte Amalie while sipping tropical fruit punch, listening to the infectious sounds of calypso music and enjoying great views of the beautiful port town. You can choose whether to seek out the cool of the open-sided yet shaded lower deck or to remain on the upper deck and work on your tan. Whatever you do, the amazing vistas of Yacht Haven Marina, Bluebeard's Castle, Blackbeard's Castle as well as the Governor's Mansion perched on the mountainside flanking the capital are sure to entertain you on the way. After passing Hassel and Water Islands, the Kon Tiki will then pause in these calm waters to submerge her 6 large, glass-bottomed viewers for you to see the abundance of multi-coloured wildlife that populates the coral reef, including various species of sponge and tropical fish. The beach leg of the tour then follows, where you can spend at least 45 minutes doing as you please. Enjoy the pristine stretch of white sand by doing a spot of beachcombing or go for a refreshing swim before you re-join the boat for you return trip and a further chance to let you hair down with barefoot dancing, amusing games and a limbo contest with prizes for the winners to keep you in the party mood. Please Note: You are recommended to bring towels, swimwear and sufficient quantities of high-factor sunscreen for your comfort and safety.
        • Drink included

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          3 h

        • Adults$52.00Price per person

        • Children$52.00Price per person

      • MAGIC ICE & SHOPPING

        SOMETHING SPECIAL

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        Prepare for an amazing climate contrast when you leave the ship and board your transport to be taken to the world’s biggest permanent ice exhibition, which is situated in Charlotte Amalie. While one moment light clothes, t-shirts and sandals are the order of the day, the next will see you don winter woollies (included in the tour) to brave the icy atmosphere of the Magic Ice gallery. The beautiful sculptures making up this magical, sparkly world are made entirely of crystal-clear ice, including a bar shaped like an old-fashioned pirate ship where a complimentary shot will be served in a special “Magic Ice” glass, which you can then keep as a memento. Large parts of the exhibition focus on the rich history of the Caribbean, giving you a glimpse of 18th-century lifestyle and the “Golden Age of Piracy”. In addition to representations of famous pirates, you will also find ice sculptures of notable Scandinavians from this era in history because St. Thomas and Norway were both under Danish rule at the time. To round off this ultra-cool tour, you can then spend some time warming up again with a spot of sightseeing and shopping in the downtown historical area, which is full of lovely old buildings, small malls and narrow streets supporting a large variety of duty-free and other shops offering genuine bargains.
        • Drink included

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          3:30 h

        • Adults$39.00Price per person

        • Children$35.00Price per person

      The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
      Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.

       

      Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

      USA

      The land of opportunity
      The land of opportunity

      The undeniable protagonists of the Caribbean Islands are their crystal-clear waters.

      Undertaking a voyage to the USA, which includes these magnificent, uncontaminated locations, is a unique experience. Miami, the Bahamas, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are the stops of this excellent MSC cruise. You embark in Miami, Florida. A large, multicultural metropolis that has seen a lot of Latin influence over the centuries, its most photographed and visited location is South Beach. Fashionable locales, elegant boutiques, characteristic cafés and historical buildings: here, the past, the present and the future blend in an unmistakable mix of rhythms and frenzy. In the Caribbean Sea, Charlotte Amalie, the capital of the US Virgin Islands, is an enchanting location of luxuriously green hills, small pure-white dwellings, a sea rich in colourful fish and breath-taking sunsets, similar to the Bahamas, an island chain consisting of about 700 islands of pink sand surrounded by transparent waters north of Cuba.

      San Juan, the populous capital of Puerto Rico, on the other hand, will enchant you with its skyscrapers and its old city encircled by magnificent buildings constructed during the colonial period.