West India Company Dock (Havensight)
The West India Company Dock (Havensight) serves as a cruisers’ gateway to St. Thomas and the rest of the US Virgin Islands, a hugely popular stop on Eastern Caribbean cruises. With great shopping, sightseeing, and beach water sports within easy reach of the cruise terminal, the capital city of Charlotte Amalie and the rest of St. Thomas offer everything you need for a perfect day ashore.
Once on dry land, start your time in St. Thomas with a sightseeing tour to downtown Charlotte Amalie for duty-free shopping and Danish architecture or take a trip to the island’s highest point, Mountain Top. Some cruise ship passengers also opt for shore excursions that involve snorkeling with sea turtles, kayaking through mangrove lagoons, and hiking at historic Hassel Island and Virgin Islands National Park.
Other cruise excursions include admission to Coral World Ocean Park or transport to the area’s best beaches, including Lindbergh Bay Beach, Magens Bay, Honeymoon Beach, and Sapphire Beach.
Things to Know Before You Go
St. Thomas has two cruise ports, but most large cruise ships come in at the busy West India Company Dock.
West India Company Dock is home to restaurants, shops, a Butterfly Farm, and post office.
Most St. Thomas shore excursion tours include pickup and drop-off at the port.
St. Thomas is fairly compact, so it’s easy to pack a number of activities into your island tour.
The island enjoys warm weather year-round, although the months of June through November are known as hurricane season.
Other US Virgin Islands include St. John, St. Croix, and Water Island, all easily reachable from the West India Company Dock.
How to Get to Charlotte Amalie From the West India Company Dock
The West India Company Dock lies about 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) from downtown Charlotte Amalie. Take a long stroll along the waterfront to get into town or opt for a 10-minute taxi ride. Many shore excursions also offer round-trip transportation from the port.
English is the official language of the US Virgin Islands and residents are US citizens. Banks and ATMs can be found in downtown Charlotte Amalie; the US dollar is the local currency. The British Virgin Islands are neighbors to the east, while Puerto Rico is situated about 40 miles (64 kilometers) to the west.