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US Virgin Islands Cruises

Located just 1,100 miles southeast of Miami, in the midst of tranquil Caribbean waters, the US Virgin Islands are a symphony of pristine landscapes, rich history and culture, found throughout the three main islands of St Croix, St John and St Thomas.

The islands are renowned for being one of the most romantic destinations in the world with weddings taking place here every week. The guaranteed weather, relaxed island time, reggae rhythms and endless fruity cocktails means that anyone on a US Virgin Islands cruise is sure to have a good time. Known as ‘America’s Caribbean Paradise’, this is the perfect destination if you want to learn a little about American colonial history, indulge in the goodness of locally sourced seafood, or just enjoy the azure views and wonderful beaches. 

Top 5 interesting facts

  • The US Virgin Islands are made up of nine main islands and some 75 islets.
  • The highest point here is just 1,500 feet high – Crown Mountain. 
  • The islands have a 98% adult literacy rate, one of the world's highest.
  • One of the most endangered species here is the woolly nipple plant. 
  • The USA purchased the islands from Denmark for $25 million in 1916.
 

Highlights

Stunning Views

Of course any Caribbean island is famous for its stunning beaches and the US Virgin Islands are no different. All the beaches here are free, and even the most highly regarded private resorts are required by law to open up their stretches of sand to the public. 

Magens Bay Beach in St Thomas is one of the most popular – this half-mile stretch of soft sand boasts remarkably calm waters and is an ideal spot for swimming. It’s just a 20-minute drive from the cruise port and lies between two mountains, making for a stunning backdrop to your sunbathing. 

Also in St Thomas, Lindquist Beach is a gorgeous stretch of undeveloped beach on the East End. It’s so photogenic that it’s often used in commercials.

Picture perfect

There are many other beaches to try in St Thomas too – Sapphire Beach is great for families, Coki Point Beach for watching the fish and Little Magens Bay for nudists. Expect to see those picture-perfect palm trees lining the sands, as well as twinkling waters and tempting restaurants lining the shores. The water here is great for diving, water skiing, parasailing, sailing and snorkelling, if you’d like to bring some adventure to your trip.

 

History and culture

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It was in 1493 that Christopher Columbus visited these islands in search of a route to India. 

The first residents of the US Virgin Islands were the Ciboney, Caribs and Arawaks. Columbus named the beautiful islands ‘The Virgins’ in reference to the legendary beauty of St Ursula and her 11,000 virgins. 

This fantastic history is portrayed throughout each island with a variety of attractions, unique experiences and national parks. A US Virgin Islands cruise allows you to develop your knowledge of the area’s rich history.

The Fort Christian, found on the island of St Thomas, is a National Historic Landmark constructed in 1680 to defend the Danish settlement. It has also served as a place of worship and is now a museum.

 

Ports in the country

 

Cruises visiting US Virgin Islands

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