Disney Cruise Line Blog Podcast – Episode 11: Eastern Caribbean Ports of Call – St. Thomas (St. John) & Tortola

On this week’s podcast we are going to discuss talk about three Eastern Caribbean ports of call; St. Thomas, St. John and Tortola.

Show Notes

Trunk Cay At Trunk Bay St John, USVI

Overlooking Trunk Cay in St John, USVI

St Thomas Links

St John Links

Tortola

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10 thoughts on “Disney Cruise Line Blog Podcast – Episode 11: Eastern Caribbean Ports of Call – St. Thomas (St. John) & Tortola

  1. Lisa

    Your blog and podcast has been sooo helpful! We are doing the Eastern Thanksgiving cruise. Based on your feedback, we are going to do the taxi/ferry to Cinnamon Bay. I considered being dropped off at Trunk first, staying for an hour and a half, then taking a taxi to Cinnamon and staying for another hour and a half, but then decided against it when you mentioned this last cruise how packed Trunk was at 9:40am when you dropped a family off from your taxi. There will be 3 ships (12,286 passengers) in town that day (similar to how much was there when you were there – I checked!), so it’s probably not a good plan. I wanted to know what time you think would be the latest we could stay at Cinnamon before getting a taxi to head back to the 2pm ferry? I was thinking 1:15, but I wanted to get your opinion. The largest ship (Allure) will be docking at 10am and leaving at 7pm, so I don’t think I’ll be competing with those folks. Lastly, is there ever a line to get on the ferry, and the potential to miss it if all the seats are filled up? Thanks so much! And P.S… Isabelle is so adorable/articulate and intelligent!

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    1. Scott Sanders Post author

      Thanks Lisa. I would say being in a taxi and in route by 1:15 at the latest. I may suggest/warn that you may need to wait for a taxi to leave so I may be beneficial to plan to be in the taxi area at Cinnamon around 1PM since they like to get as many people as they can to make the trip worthwhile. Make sure you tell them you are tying to make the next ferry. Remember, I’ll always try to build in extra buffer when I can. I’d rather lose 15 minutes on the beach to make sure I get on the 2PM ferry. Otherwise you lose an hour waiting for the next one and will could be cutting it close pending traffic between Red Hook and Havensight.

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  2. Ruth L.

    Scott, love the podcasts (and agree with previous post that Isabelle is a great part of the podcasts)! We’re taking this same trip. Do you know if it’s possible to get your passport stamped in Tortola? My 15-year old son thinks it’s cool to get a free souvenir. 🙂

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  3. Lisa

    One more question Scott… What brand snorkel/mask do you use for Isabelle? I also have a 9 yrd daughter, so she’d need something small. If you have a link to a site of the snorkel you use, that would be great. Thanks!!

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    1. Scott Sanders Post author

      We purchased her snorkel gear from a local dive shop. They had a selection of children’s masks and we picked the one that fit her face the best. If you plan to do a lot of snorkeling, I’d consider finding dive shop somewhere to find a mask that fits her face. The one thing she has that is not traditional are her fins. Rather than traditional fins she uses U.S. Divers Childrens Neoprene swim fins. They have been great because the are easy to pack and we’ve never had “fin drama” because they are like rubber/plastic that could potentially create an irritation. We also purchased her a snorkel vest that was her size for times were are snorkeling on our own and they are not available. She is a good swimmer, but the vest is great for reducing fatigue during long snorkel days. One last item and one we each have for our masks. If you do end up getting your own mask consider a neoprene mask strap. They are extremely comfortable and once you get the strap adjusted the mask fits the same every time you put it on!

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  4. daycampadventures

    Just returned yesterday from the 3/11 sailing on the Fantasy. We have been to St. Thomas many times, so used your family’s tips to venture to St. John’s for the first time. Everything was spot on! We enjoyed a great day at Cinnamon Bay, a little time in Mongoose Junction, and made the ferry and back onto the ship with plenty of time to spare. (My kids thank you for the St. John’s Scoops recommendation!) 🙂 I would have been nervous to do this on our own, thanks SO much for your advice, we had a fantastic time!!

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    1. Scott Sanders Post author

      Glad to hear you enjoyed your adventure to St John! Anything you wish you knew before going that would be helpful to others or did we cover all the bases?

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