On this cruise (7 Night Eastern) it was my husband, my cousin, her daughter (who was 17 at the time) and myself. We had been up late the night before so we were needing a low-key, relaxing day and St. John on Your Own delivered.
After we got off the ship in St. Thomas we walked with our group down the pier and boarded the tour boat, Island Girl. I was relieved when I saw the boat was bigger than I pictured in my mind because honestly, I was having a little bit of anxiety about the ride to St. John. It was pretty windy and I have a tendency to get sea sick (I wear scopolamine patches but I’m a worrier). It looked sturdy and safe so that reassured me. We absolutely loved the crew. They were warm and friendly. The narrator on the 45 minute trip to St. John was fun and informative not just a voice droning on as we’ve experienced on other tours. He pointed out celebrity houses on the shoreline which the teenager in our group really enjoyed. The scenery was beautiful. We chose to sit on the outside benches since the inside cabin area had no airflow and I felt better having wind in my face. Many people moved out to sit with us during the ride over so they must have needed it too.
Once we arrived in Cruz Bay, St. John there were cabs waiting to take us to the beaches on the other side of the island. We ended up at Trunk Bay and it was gorgeous. I definitely want to go back someday and spend more time.
We then made our way back to Cruz Bay and ended up at Mongoose Junction. It’s a small but very cute outdoor shopping center that is built on the hillside. We shopped for t-shirts, jewelry and other souvenirs before sitting down at a table in the shade at the Sun Dog Cafe. The service was top notch. You must eat there if you go to Mongoose Junction. My husband ordered the bottomless bloody Marys and I had the stuffed French toast with mango honey butter. It was HEAVENLY! I topped it off with a Pain Killer and it was very good. We sat there sipping our drinks and enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of St. John until it was time to head back to Island Girl.
Once back on the boat we talked to fellow passengers about their Port Adventures and it seems like everyone enjoyed the eco-hike. I have that on my list for a future cruise. Most did not enjoy the bus tour around the island but this was after the 2017 hurricanes. It was hard on the heart to see so much devastation they said. We chatted with others as we made our way back to St. Thomas. The crew served drinks and hot dogs (at an additional charge) but we were still stuffed from the Sun Dog Cafe!! When we got off the boat we gave them a great tip. It was well deserved.
We had time to walk around St. Thomas awhile before it was time to get back on the Fantasy.
If you are a family with littles I’m not sure you would enjoy this Port Adventure unless you are just going to take a cab to the beach. There are Port Adventures that will take you to Trunk Bay for swimming and snorkeling so doing the On Your Own may be more of a hassle. If you are in an older group and plan on staying up late enjoying the wonderful adult entertainment on the ship and just want to chill in paradise this is the perfect Port Adventure. We’d definitely do it again!