St. John, the smallest & most idyllic of the three United States Virgin Islands, is best known for its dozens of post card perfect white sand beaches, turquoise bays abounding in colourful corals & rainbows of tropical fish & endless vistas of green velvet hills. Only nine miles long (14.5 kilometres) and three miles (4.8 kilometres)wide, two thirds of the island is the Virgin Islands National Park, so its spectacular beaches & untouched forests will remain that way for generations to come and remain accessible to all. There are tours of the National Park by Jeep or safari bus and hikes on spectacular trails led by Park Rangers who enrich the experience with talks on the island's history and geology as well as its flora & fauna.
While it is only twenty minutes from St. Thomas by convenient hourly ferry, St. John is the peaceful, uncommercialised paradise of island fantasies. It has no high-rise buildings, cruise ship docks or airport. Visitors can obtain discounted air fares to St. Thomas.
Despite its unspoiled atmosphere, it offers every facility and amenity found at major resorts.
The ship is scheduled to anchor off Cruz Bay, St. John the smallest and commonly known as the ‘jewel’ of the U. S. Virgin Islands. Guests will be taken ashore via the ship's tenders. The town centre is within walking distance.
St-John is a duty-free port; there are some good buys in jewellry, porcelain, imported liquors, French perfumes, cosmetics and designer resort wear. Near by is a small shopping complex called ‘Mongoose Junction’ and features many unique island-made souvenirs to choose from. The local currency is the U.S. dollars and all major credit cards are accepted.
There are some small snack restaurants and bars that are open for light lunches and sandwiches which are very good all within walking distance.
One can charter boats from kayaks to ketches to catamarans by the day or week, with or without captain. Day excursions for sightseeing, picnicking, snorkelling, or scuba diving are offered on every variety of sail or motor craft. Sport fishing is an experience to be remembered.
Activities on land include hikes you can take on your own or with a National Park guide, horseback riding, donkey trail rides, rock climbing, exploring historic ruins and more.
Private arrangements for this port of call may be arranged by contacting ShoreConcierge@Silversea.com.