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Cruise ship excursion to Virgin Gorda vs. going on our own

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Cruise ship excursion to Virgin Gorda vs. going on our own

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!

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1. Re: Cruise ship excursion to Virgin Gorda vs. going on our own

Here is a link to the ferry schedules.

www.bestofbvi.com/info/info_bviferry.htm

The ferries run very much on schedule. Only thing that is not on island time.

This will be a tight trip. Figure at least 20 min each way to/from baths to the parking lot. Maybe 30 min back including waiting for vans to load up.

9 AM speedy will get you to VG around 9:30 Pm You should be able to get to the parking lot in about 30 min.

There is a 2:15 PM Smith's ferry back to Roadtown so about 3PM. You should be able to get back to the ship by 3:30 PM but it will be tight.

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2. Re: Cruise ship excursion to Virgin Gorda vs. going on our own

Just realized that your ship leaves at 3 PM.

12:30 PM speedy ferry but that leaves you little time on VG

Best thing to do is come back to VG and stay a week on land. Lay back and relax. Cruise boats are too much of a hassle and don't give you much time to look around. Life is too short!!

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I could not agree with tpcook more. We decided to stay on Virgin Gorda because we did not believe we were giving the island the time it deserved with day trips from St John. As tpcook said, come back and spend a week!

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4. Re: Cruise ship excursion to Virgin Gorda vs. going on our own

return to VG and do it the right way- without everybody else on your entire boat! VG may be the best island in the entire Caribbean for total escape and relaxation. Next time fly into St. Thomas and then take the ferry to VG on a tues, thurs or saturday. The schedules are more forgiving on those days. Also, check out spring bay which is like The baths-lite. Way smaller rocks, way smaller crowds. Save the $73 on the round trip ferry cost in the future! good luck.

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5. Re: Cruise ship excursion to Virgin Gorda vs. going on our own

Sorry to repeat what others have suggested but don't rush a Virgin Gorda experience! Go for a week, rent a house(villa), rent a car, explore this amazing place on your own at your own speed. We go every year with another couple. Day one is relaxing at our own pool, blender drinks, and a great restaurant for dinner. Day 2 is pack the cooler,put the towels and snorkle gear in the vehicle, grab the camera and the sun screen and drive. Stop where we want to soak up the views, sun, beach, trails, snorkeling etc. The rest of the week follows in much the same manner as the first 2 days. I agree with you that cruise ships always charge way too much for a generic tour of any island. You can(and SHOULD) do the island much better on your own.

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