Are you on a cruise or planning a cruise that stops at Cruz Bay in St. John? If you are, you’re likely on a small ship with Seabourn, Silversea, Regent Seven Seas or SeaDream…
I was there recently aboard Seabourn Spirit and here’s what I did. The ship offered several island tour excursions but my friends and I decided to go more low-key. First of all, we had to take a tender from the ship to the small port. It’s a tiny port with barely room enough for a large yacht, let alone a 10,000 ton ship. Anyway, tenders are fun especially if you love being on the water like I do.
We took a taxi to the Caneel Bay resort, about 10 minutes away. Once there we enjoyed ourselves on their comfortable outdoor chairs and couches as we had drinks while watching the slow beach life. They even have wi-fi if you need to check the Market.
After drinks we had a nice leisurely buffet lunch which offered a large salad selection as well as fruit, hot dishes (such as Caribbean grilled chicken and mac & cheese) and hamburgers. And of course a large dessert collection. The 7 of us were quite happy. There was also an a la carte restaurant. Both with a sea view.
[FYI, the resort has a program whereby you can use ALL the resort facilities including all 7 beaches, kayaks, etc if you book it in advance. Called Caneel for a Day, it’s under $100 and includes lunch — a very good value in my opinion.]
We were also able to get a drive around the property and checked out their championship tennis courts (top ranked in the Caribbean), on-site donkeys, and rooms. The hotel was built in the late 50s by Lawrence Rockefeller as a Rock Resort and has their signature, eco-atmosphere and earthiness.
My friends took a taxi back to Cruz Bay while I hiked back — about 40 minutes, including a stop at Honeymoon Beach
Also see my report on Fredericksted, St. Croix and Prickley Pear Cay. [coming soon]
Josh Friedman is a travel agent specializing in luxury travel for small groups and individuals – particularly ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations and food & wine inspired journeys. Based in San Francisco, and with clients throughout the USA, his business is focused on 24/7 personalized service to the sophisticated leisure and business traveler. His personal relationships with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies often allows for exclusive amenities and VIP status.
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