Looking for the Best things to See & Do in Eastern Caribbean - RCC Freedom Of The Seas

Hi there,

We are taking our 2nd cruise for our 19th wedding anniv on Freedom of the seas on July 13th 2014. We are trying to figure out what things we should see and what are the best & most economical excursions, We are stopping at St Thomas, Charlotte Amalie, Philipsburg, St. Maarten. Do we book once we get off the ship or through RCC? On our 1st cruise which was Sept 2013 to Nassau we went with cousins so this is our 1st trip on a ship alone (Hubby & I). 

Ive read alot about the Skyride in St Thomas and Paradise Point which we want to see this but have no clue about other good things to see. Would love some ideas from people that have actually been to Eastern Caribbean. Best beaches, How do we get around on the Island etc. 

Thanks and Happy Cruising


Tags: St Thomas Charlotte Amalie Philipsburg St. Maarten

7 Answers

Skyride to Paradise Point in St Thomas, close to the ship , beautiful view up top

Thank you, Do I book on my own or with Ship? Anything else ?

There are some good options in Ship Mate... some are relatively inexpensive. If you don't have the app, download it and check it out.

I would definitely recommend going up the gondola to see the view in St Thomas. Last time I was there, you could get tickets at the base for roughly $12. I don't think you could spend the whole day there, though. You can appreciate it in roughly an hour in my opinion.

I bought my ticket at the Sky ride location about a block away from the ship

View from the top of the skyride

Make sure to read the top tips from the Cruiseline.com community for the ports you are visiting:

St. Thomas - people like the beach at Magen's Bay: https://cruiseline.com/port/caribbean-eastern/charlotte-amalie-st-thomas

St. Maarten - Orient and Maho Beach (watching planes) are popular: https://cruiseline.com/port/caribbean-southern/philipsburg-st-maarten

Thank you for the ideas, I already have the shipmate on cell so will play with it a little more. Oh one more question, are there any places in these area's that require a passport to visit like when your in canada? We have someone without a passport traveling with us so I want to make sure so they are aware. Thanks


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