Discovering the Virgin Islands
During an MSC Caribbean and Antilles cruise
to the U.S. Virgin Islands, experience the spectacular beauty of St. Thomas as you encounter colonial history, panoramic mountaintop views and some of the top-rated beaches in the world.
Disembark in the capital of Charlotte Amalie, where the streets and places still bear Danish names and its history of pirates remains visible to this day.
MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
• Blackbeard’s Castle
• Drake’s Seat
• Annaberg Sugar Plantation ruins
• Sunbathing and snorkelling
Experience the charming historic district of the Kongens (King's) Quarter on an MSC excursion
that explores the former centre of Danish colonial enterprise and visit several National Landmark Properties
and historical manor homes including Villa Notman, Britannia House, Crown House, Haagensen House and Hotel 1829.
Visit the landmark 99 Steps - perhaps the most famous step street built by the Danish using bricks brought in European ships as ballast. These will lead you to the famous 17th-century Blackbeard’s Castle, where you will get a chance to step back into the age of the Caribbean pirates while admiring stunning views. Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard, inspected the bays of the island from the castle’s observation tower, the Skytsborg, which is the oldest structure on the Virgin Islands at more than 300 years old.
A Charlotte Amalie cruise lets you explore Drake's Seat, another scenic overlook from which you can admire all of the Virgin Islands, both the U.S. and the British. On a clear day, you can even see Puerto Rico from Drake’s Seat.
To bring out your inner pirate, hop on a pirate schooner, manned by a friendly motley crew, in search of wildlife, snorkelling and beach fun. An MSC excursion
that’s great for the whole family, this pirate adventure includes a personal “pirate” tattoo, a turn at the helm as an honorary captain and an eye-patch for the kids.
Or let us whisk you to away to the beach at idyllic Magens Bay, once named by National Geographic as one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Slightly tucked away from view, this immaculate sandy beach is framed by palm trees, turquoise water and green hills and is the perfect spot to sunbathe and snorkel.
For something special, join an MSC excursion
to neighbouring St. John
and the charming town of Cruz Bay
. After a short scenic sail, board an open-air safari-style bus to explore the ruggedly beautiful St. John with a quick stop or two to enjoy the spectacular views en route to Trunk Bay, Waterlemon Cay and Annaberg Sugar Plantation
ruins, followed by a beach and snorkelling experience.