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Old 05-01-2014, 10:18   #1
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My wife and I are planning a trip in and around the USVI/BVIs Jan 19-26, 2014. We haven't sailed in this area for many years and hear that it is important to avoid some of our favorite spots (white bay, baths) when cruise ships are in port. We've looked at port authority sites etc. to try to find a schedule but these sites are generic and don't give any transparency about volume and popularity of excursions. Can anyone provide advice on best days/times to go to or avoid certain islands in the bvis from January 19 - January 26?
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My wife and I are planning a trip in and around the USVI/BVIs Jan 19-26, 2014. We haven't sailed in this area for many years and hear that it is important to avoid some of our favorite spots (white bay, baths) when cruise ships are in port. We've looked at port authority sites etc. to try to find a schedule but these sites are generic and don't give any transparency about volume and popularity of excursions. Can anyone provide advice on best days/times to go to or avoid certain islands in the bvis from January 19 - January 26?
At that time of year, you can pretty much count on at least two ships in port just about every day.

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Re: Avoiding cruise ship traffic in the BVIs Jan 2014

Yep, Kevin is right (but I dont have to tell you how I am typing this!).

Cruise ships are ubiquitous in the BVIs and the rest or the Caribbean. In St Martin on the 18th of December there were 8 in at the same time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As you cant avoid them, then just enjoy them. Theres plenty of room, sand, and beer for everyone.

I doubt any would get over to White Bay so some info may be BS.

The only place I saw them was in Cane Garden Bay and that beach is huge. Theres still loads of places to eat and the competition between all those restaurants make the prices much lower than other areas. Plus they can afford bands during daytime etc.

You are in the BVIs and that country is run, driven and survives by tourism. You can not avaoid it, nor will you ever. So if you hate other people doing what you are doing then you'll be stuffed in the BVIs!



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Old 05-01-2014, 11:53   #5
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Re: Avoiding cruise ship traffic in the BVIs Jan 2014

Appreciate the forum's ability to respond so quickly and helpfully! We are certainly looking forward to most aspects of people doing exactly what we are! Just heard that some places like the Baths were very different experiences when they were over-loaded and were hoping to plan around it...
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Re: Avoiding cruise ship traffic in the BVIs Jan 2014

Being overwhelmed with charter boats is more an issue than dealing with cruise ships. Get out of sync with the anchorages and party places the charters are going to and you can have a decent time without too much crowd. St John in the USVI is much less crowded. If you get to the Baths early like 7:30 or 8 you might be the only ones there.
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I never found the cruise ships to be an issue. All the others charters , well that was a different story. If you want a mooring buoy , be early.

Or, wait till the Statesiders do home due to short vacation periods.

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