|Its all about ships
|Freedom of the Seas and Carnival Glory berthed at the
Havensight cruise terminal in St. Thomas
St. Thomas has two cruise ports - - The West India Company Dock
(almost universally referred to as Havensight) and Crown Bay.
Both are located on the south side of the island not far from
As a rule of thumb, the ships of Carnival Cruise Lines, Norwegian
Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, and Royal Caribbean (except Oasis
of the Seas and Allure of the Seas) dock at Havensight. Cunard,
Princess, Holland America and Oasis and Allure dock at Crown
Bay. However, this is not a hard and fast rule and so where a ship
will dock can be affected by such things as how many ships are in
port. As of this writing, deeper draft ships such as Queen Mary 2,
Oasis and Allure have to dock at Crown Bay.
Havensight is the larger of the two ports. The cruise ships line up
bow to stern along side. Guests exit and return to the ships via
gangways extending through the shell doors in the ship's hulls.
Three large modern cruise ships can tie up at Havensight at the same
This area has been extensively developed with a large shopping
mall, restaurants and even a post office within easy walking
distance of the ships.
Havensight is directly south across the bay from downtown
Charlotte Amalie. Taxis wait by the dock gates. Alternatively, it is
a pleasant but long walk along the shore into downtown.
Above: Havensight is directly across the bay from downtown Charlotte
Below: Docked at Havensight - - Celebrity Equinox (left) and
Norwegian Pearl (right)
Crown Bay is St. Thomas' newest cruise port. It was at one time a naval base. The ships dock on either side of a single
finger pier. As at Havensight, guests enter and exit the ships via gangways through the shell doors. Beyond the gates of the
port, there is a small shopping mall and a welcome center. It is quite difficult to walk from Crown Bay to downtown.
However, taxis can usually be found waiting in a designated area.
Above left: The pier at Crown Bay.
Above right: Crown Bay is on the outskirts of town.
Below: Berthed at Crown Bay (left to right) - - Queen Mary 2, Noordam, Emerald Princess and Oasis of the Seas.
On very rare occasions, there are more ships than berths. In such cases, a ship can anchor in
the bay between Havensight and Charlotte Amalie and tender passengers ashore. Cruise ships
tendering in St. Thomas can alson anchor outside of the harbor.
Cruise destination guide - - photo tour - - St. Thomas - - page 2