Trip Log Day 5: Disney Fantasy – St Thomas & St John

Trip log, day five. St Thomas & St John, USVI.
7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise on Disney Fantasy – Itinerary A
 from Port Canaveral, FL
March 12, 2014

On Wednesday, the Disney Fantasy was the first cruise ship to arrive in St Thomas. We were on a tight schedule today, as we arranged our own group excursion to St John with a meeting time of 8:15 AM. This resulted in a early wakeup so we could go ashore soon after being cleared. Em got in some laps on deck 4 early and ran a few miles while watching the ship dock at daybreak.

Disney Fantasy Morning Position Day 5 St Thomas

We were followed into St Thomas by the Norwegian Getaway.

Followed By The Norwegian Getaway Into St Thomas

Once we had our bags packed, we hit up Cabanas for breakfast. I decided to fuel up with a protein-rich bagel omelet sandwich to get me through most of the day.

Cabanas Fuel Up Breakfast

To get from Cabanas to the gangway quickly, we broke our self imposed no elevator rule (although this was only going down), but this resulted in the discovering of Wall-e and Eve in the deck 1 elevator shaft.

Wall E & Eve Deck 1 Elevator Shaft Disney Fantasy

We met our driver from Islander Taxi, the same company we used last year for their island tour in St Thomas, just outside the port security gate and loaded in the open air shuttle for a 15 minute drive to the Red Hook ferry dock.

St John Ferry Service Ticket Booth

The ferry ride was another 15 minutes to St John where we then met our next arranged driver who transferred our group of 23 to Cinnamon Bay.

Cinnamon Bay Beach Virgin Islands National Park

A considerable amount of St John is designated as a US National Park (2/3 to be exact), of which Cinnamon Bay Beach included in the area.

Virgin Islands National Park Map Cinnamon BayCinnamon Bay Embedded Drift Wood

The beach was awesome and was much less crowded than last year at Trunk Bay.

Enjoying The View At Cinnamon Bay

We did a little bit of snorkeling, but did not see as much as we did at Trunk Bay which has a dedicated snorkeling trail.

Snorkel Selfie At Cinnamon BayI’ve been to Walt Disney World one to many times because at one point, I was worried that we would encounter Pirates in the Caribbean, but it just turned out to be a local captain wandering by Cinnamon Bay on the way to Maho Bay.

Pirates Of The Caribbean Cinnamon BayAfter a few hours (note: hours, because we arranged our own tour to St John, we had much more time to spend at the beach), we packed up and used the fresh water showers to clean up. While we were waiting for our group to congregate we met one of the campground’s permanent residents – rough life, right? Ev’rybody wants to be a cat!Stray Cat At Cinnamon BayWe loaded up and and took the short trip back to the ferry dock catching to 2 PM ferry from St John to Red Hook. Our driver back in St Thomas took us on a brief scenic tour through St Thomas before arriving back at Havensight. Once again, we were greeted by awaiting cold beverages!

Returning To The Disney Fantasy St Thomas

After boarding the Disney Fantasy, we dropped our bags off at the room and headed to the pool deck to grab a small snack to tide us over until dinner since we just had snacks instead of lunch in St John. Not to mention it was time to order the Paradise, the drink of the day!

Drink Of The Day Paradise

After the pool, it was time to go back to the stateroom to get cleaned up for dinner. We enjoyed the view of St Thomas as we sailed past the Carnival Glory.

Leaving St Thomas And The Carnival Glory

Who’s that? It’s the U.S. Coast Guard escorting the Disney Fantasy out of the harbor!

US Coast Guard Escort St Thomas

Tonight’s dinner was at Animator’s Palate with the always fun Animation Magic show. We got to try the new macaroni cheese and baked potato soup with a whopping 29 ingredients that replaced the buttered popcorn soup… Although, I enjoyed the hint of Tabasco Sauce, it did not win me over. I really missed the buttered popcorn soup which was themed much better to Animator’s Palate.

Animator's Palate

After dinner, Isabelle wanted to go back to the Oceaneer Lab so she could navigate the Disney Magic on the simulator and partake in the group activity she saw listed on the Personal Navigator (Day 5).

I began to work on the trip log when I noticed my internet usage meter was showing I had used ~940mb. Overnight, my usage jumped from 450 mb t0 750 mb, then it jumped again. Now, I’ve been monitoring my usage and after the second rather drastic jump, I decided to go see the dedicated Connect@Sea representative at Guest Services. I was skeptical that I had used that much, but did not rule it out either. I just wanted to inquire in order to prevent this amount of usage when the introductory pricing is no longer in effect. After a few minutes talking with the representative, it was determined there was a backend reporting issue that was easily resolved, and surprising I had used less data then I previously thought. I will go into a more detailed review of the new data plans once I get home, but for now I’d say keep an eye on your usage and if there is an unexplained jump, definitely inquire.

Connect@Sea Usage Meter Fixed

After back to back busy port days, we were all a bit tired and called it a night early.

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19 thoughts on “Trip Log Day 5: Disney Fantasy – St Thomas & St John

  1. Marion

    I really like the new data packages. I wish they were keeping the introductory pricing though. I got a 1GB package for a 3-nighter, and did not use it all, so I’ve been following your usage trials with interest On the Magic, I experienced some usage bumps, but it always corrected itself when refreshing the browser for me. I will say, it’s a much better way of managing connectivity than previous.

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  2. Chase

    We went to cinnamon bay years ago and loved it. We are hoping to replicate your visit when we hit st Thomas during our dis cruise in December. We are very interested in learning more on how you set this up. Thank you!

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  3. Erin

    Scott- We are going on the New Year’s Cruise this December. Our stops are St. Thomas and San Juan (and Castaway Cay, of course). Many of the St. Thomas/St. John excursions are for ages 5 and up; we have 3 girls- 8, 7, and 4. How often does Disney add to their port adventure options? Also, how did you find the private excursion you did in St. Thomas/St. John? Thanks so much.

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    1. Scott Sanders Post author

      For established ports of call, DCL does not really change up the Port Adventure offerings all that much. My wife discovered the private excursions via word of mouth and research on the internet.

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  4. Neil Kapur

    Is there any beaches close to where Disney Cruise Line docks. I am going to St. Thomas on Disney Cruise Line in January.

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  5. Stacie

    Are you guys cruising again in March of 2015? We are doing the Eastern Itinerary and trying to decide if we should stick around St Thomas or head over to St John. We’ve been to Magens Bay but parents, who are going this time, have not been to either place.

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  6. Pat

    Hi all, is this thread still active? I’m looking for info in what time the St John trunk bay snorkel excursion gets back to the Disney Fantasy ship? We want to go do a little sightseeing in Charlotte Amalie, or shop, or ride the tram up to the mountain top, but have no idea if we would have enough time to do anything except the excursion.????
    Thanks, Pat

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    1. Scott Sanders Post author

      Pat,
      I do not recall the specific time, but we have taken the DCL excursion to Trunk Bay. When we returned, we picked up a taxi at the pier to go downtown to do a little shopping and sightseeing. Just keep in mind traffic really gets bad in the afternoons so make sure you build in enough time to get back.

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      1. Pat

        Thanks so much, Scott. Do you happen to know if Disney offers the St John Trunk excursion at 2 different times like one in the morning and one in the afternoon so we could go shop an sightsee a little in the morning and then go snorkel?
        Do you know which taxi company is reliable for a quick trip into town and perhaps up to Mountain top? Speaking of mountain top, does the aerial tram take you up there? I’ve seen pictures that at Mountain Top there’s a giant run bottle in front of a shopping area I think?
        Thanks so much.

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