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beer
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Good Morning,

While I did not get to STX this year, I remember being there last year over early to mid March and talking to some local vendors/shop owners about how this was the last cruise ship day for the season. I think the next one was not going to come back until November 2012. I saw on the calendar here, while there may only be 1 or 2 a month, it looks like there will be at least some showing up year round. Is this something new for this year? I think years ago they might have had a couple during the summer months, but I can't remember seeing that for a while.

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Posted : July 6, 2013 10:06 am
Alana33
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I live in STT so not sure what happens in STX but around mid-May cruise ship arrivals drop off significantly compared to winter months as ships head off to European and Alaskan destinations.
They start returning for "high season" mid Nov. Until then it's the doldrums. I imagine STX has an even more significant drop.

Check out this link: https://www.vinow.com/general_usvi/cruiseship/ship_schedule.php?i=0&m=7&y=2013

You can check by individual island.

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Posted : July 6, 2013 10:42 am
beer
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Thank you Alana for the quick response. That is the schedule I was looking at. I probably worded my question/thoughts incorrectly as I did not really have any, lol, just an observation that I think is a good thing. I did go back and look at last years and it seems the locals were correct, although I know for a fact I was on C'stead in March and that ship is not showing up. The locals at the time said that was the last one until November. I guess I just wanted to point out or ask about thatI see there is at least 1 ship in every month this year. Yes, it is nothing compared to STT, but I guess any little bit can help. I guess if it turns out well maybe every year they will increase. I don't know, I guess I'm just babbling 🙂 I do know I much prefer staying on STX or STT in a condo compared to a cruise ship, but if they add more options that stop at both islands I might consider one of the SJU cruises that hit a lot of places. More options = better for travelers 🙂

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Posted : July 6, 2013 11:19 am
Alana33
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I don't know that they will stop at both STT and STX. Think the usual itinerary is 1 of the USVI islands, then move on to another location - Tortola, St. Maartin, etc, further down island.

Your best bet is to vacation in STT, then you have the options of taking saeplane to STX for a day, heading over by ferry to STJ and having easy access to BVI on different full day trips. You may want to contact the cruise ship lines to see if they have a PR, STX, STT run but doubt it.

Or call West Indian Company Dock and see if they know of any ships making both ports of call in VI.

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Posted : July 6, 2013 11:50 am
beer
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Oh there are some that hit both out of SJU. STT right after departure then STX on the way back. I actually almost did that this year but ended up just staying at Sapphire. Did not hit STX this trip as we had time constraints, but love taking the seaplane and staying a few days over there. I guess overall it is just neat to see it looks like a couple more options by cruise ship to hit STX, including the summer which I do not believe they did for several years.

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Posted : July 6, 2013 12:36 pm
Alana33
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Good to know as did not think you could get both STT and STX in on 1 cruise.

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Posted : July 6, 2013 1:49 pm
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I didn't think so either until I really looked into it after I already booked Sapphire, lol. It is Royal Caribbean and it looks like they have the same schedule for 2014, plus I was interested because I have never been to St Lucia and that looks pretty nice:

San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands; St. John's, Antigua; Fort De France, Martinique; Castries, St. Lucia; San Juan, Puerto Rico

Then again, it is hard to pass up a week at Sapphire ending with a few days at STX via seaplane 🙂

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Posted : July 6, 2013 2:52 pm
Alana33
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St Lucia is Beautiful! I did a cruise there a few yrs ago, did a 1/2 day sail, saw the Pitons and afterwards a tour with a trip to thier amazing butterfly gardens on the way back. The one in STT pales in comparison.

Never have been to Martinique but have heard it is quite beautiful as well. They only problem with cruises is being in port such a short time only allows you so little time but must say the food is always awesome.

Take a 2 week vacation! Do the week cruise and see if you can disembark in STT for your stay at Sapphire the next week. Best of both worlds!

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Posted : July 6, 2013 3:23 pm
beer
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I like the 2 week idea! 🙂 Now that would be perfect! Not sure I can pull it off time wise, but love the thought!

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Posted : July 6, 2013 3:42 pm
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