My family is cruising aboard the Norwegian Pearl the first week in November, mainly because we want to go to Virgin Gorda and visit The Baths. Speedy's ferry runs from Tortola every 1 1/2 hours, beginning at 9 AM (the ship docks at 7 AM). We're not concerned about getting to VG and The Baths, but coming back is another matter. Our ship departs at 3 PM, so we'd have to catch the 12:30 ferry back to Tortola because there's not another one until 3:30. That doesn't sound like enough time to enjoy this gorgeous beach, much less get a taxi back to the ferry, and then hope the ferry's on schedule (not island time).
The cruise ship has an excursion to The Baths, but prices begin at $73--way too much, in my opinion. From what I've read elsewhere, the ship's tour (4 hours long) doesn't allow much time at The Baths, arriving two hours after a family aboard the ship got there on their own. We definitely don't want to miss the ship, so taking the cruise excursion is the safer choice. Would appreciate comments/advice if you've made the trip from Tortola to Virgina Gorda via ferry. Thanks!