Saturday, January 30, 2016

DCL Port Adventure Review: The Legendary Kon Tiki Sightseeing and Beach Cruise (ST45) in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Disney Fantasy Trip Report So Far:
Vacation Video
Hotel Review: Disney's Polynesian Village Resort 
My Tween's Review of the Edge on the Disney Fantasy
DCL Port Adventure Review: Tour to Virgin Gorda (TT23)


DCL Port Adventure Review: The Legendary Kon Tiki Sightseeing and Beach Cruise (ST45) in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands


On our recent Disney Cruise, we visited the island of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. This was our second time visiting St. Thomas, as we went there during our October 2014 cruise. The first time we went to St. Thomas, we stayed on the ship in the morning and rode the skyride in the afternoon. The island is gorgeous, and this time we wanted to experience one of the beautiful beaches.

We thought about just catching a taxi to Magen's Bay beach, but instead the Legendary Kon Tiki Sightseeing and Beach Cruise port adventure caught my eye. Priced at $49 for adults and $29 for kids, it seemed like a good value and had 4 1/2 star reviews on Trip Advisor. I just wanted something very easy with no "schlepping" around the kids.

Our tour met at noon in The Tube on the Disney Fantasy. We walked off the ship together a few yards to the Kon Tiki boat, which is like a flat barge.


You can see how close the boat docked to the Fantasy.


Apparently there were already passengers on the boat from two other cruise ships, and ours was the last stop before heading out. There were plenty of seats downstairs under the shade.


There was also a sundeck on the top deck that wasn't used by many people, but it was so pretty up there.


As we boarded, a steel drum band was playing, which made for a great atmosphere. The captain hosted a music trivia contest, and I won a free drink for guessing the right song. There was free fruit punch and water, and alcoholic drinks for a charge at the bar.

We had a short narrated tour of the harbor that explained a bit about the history of the island. We then pulled up to a coral reef where we could look into the water in these glass-bottom viewing areas. We just saw a few fish and nothing exciting down there, but it was a unique feature of the boat.

After about 45 minutes of sailing, we pulled up to Honeymoon Beach on Water Island. The boat pulls right up to the sand and we just walked down the steps onto the beach. Even though our boat carried a lot of passengers, the beach still didn't seem too crowded.


The water here was very clear and calm, with barely any waves. It's perfect for soaking in with a drink, or for small children who can't handle waves.


My oldest son prefers a beach with more waves and surf, so he opted to play in the sand most of the time.


We had 1 1/2 to 2 hours at this beach, and it was the perfect amount of time. We could go back onto the boat as needed for the restrooms and bar.

The almost-empty beach after we pulled away:


Things got interesting on the ride back to our ship. The boat turned into a big party! The steel drum band got going, there was dancing and limbo contests, and just watching it was a lot of fun. My kids chose to hang out on the top sun deck for most of the ride back, but they participated in the limbo towards the end.

The crew did a great job and put forth a lot of effort to make sure everyone was happy and having fun, but they didn't push you to dance if you didn't want to participate. Overall, this excursion was very relaxing and a super easy way to see the beautiful harbor and a pristine beach in St. Thomas.


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