Blackbeard's Castle, Historic King's Quarter & Shopping

STT-115 | St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands | See Special Notes

from $44.95*

*Price displayed in US Dollars unless otherwise noted; excursions priced in other currencies may be available on select voyages only. Prices are based on the amount Princess typically charges for each excursion, but your price may vary by voyage date and departure time.

Tour at a Glance

You will visit:
  • Blackbeard's Castle Blackbeard's Castle
You will see:

Moderate Shopping

Excursion Length:
Approx. 4 hours

Tour Overview

What you will visit:

Blackbeard's Castle
In Charlotte Amalie's historic colonial district, climb the famed 99 Steps (actually 103 steps) to Blackbeard's Castle, named after the infamous pirate who legend tells used it as a lookout and whose memory is honored in the courtyards with a bronze statue. The castle has a large pool as well as former manor houses, Villa Notman, Britannia House, Crown House (once used by visiting Danish Royalty) and Haagensen House, all listed in the National Register of Historic Places. History comes alive as you view the world's largest collection of life-sized pirate sculptures, crafted in copper and bronze, and the world's most extensive collection of authentic hand-made West Indian Mahogany furniture. The Kongens (King's) Quarter is the former center of Danish colonial enterprise and the heart of the historic shopping district.

What you will see along the way:
Skyline Drive
St. Thomas is mountainous and offers spectacular views, notably from Skyline Drive Overlook, a premiere spot for panoramic vistas of the harbor, Charlotte Amalie, Hassel Island, Water Island and more.

Caribbean World Amber Waterfall
Cascading two stories down and comprised of over 12,000 stones of amber, this handcrafted fountain located at Hotel 1829, once a 19th-century home, is found at the end of the self-guided trail through Blackbeard's castle.

Photo Opportunity:
Drake's Seat
Make sure you have your camera to capture the picture-perfect views from Drake's Seat, the lookout point at the top of one of St. Thomas's many mountains. This is where Sir Francis Drake was said to keep an eye out for pirates and invading naval ships approaching from the north via Drake's Passage, also bearing his name.

Shopping:
Just a short walk to Main Street brings you to the area's main shopping venue where you're free to shop at your leisure.

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Detailed itinerary

Depart from ship for Skyline Drive

Details:
Travel time: 00:20 Transport type:Open-Air Vehicle
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):25
Inside Visit :Yes
Total number of steps:75 Notes

Flat surface walking from gathering point to taxi safari

Wheelchair accessible?:No Notes

Tour is not suitable for wheelchairs or walkers

Restrooms available?:No
Shopping available?:Yes
Currency accepted:USD Credit cards accepted: Yes

Transit to Blackbeard's Castle & Caribbean World Amber Waterfall

Details:
Travel time: 00:15 Transport type:Open-Air Vehicle
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):25
Inside Visit :No
Total number of steps:2 Notes

Steps in and out of taxi safari

Wheelchair accessible?:No Notes

Tour is not suitable for wheelchairs or walkers

Restrooms available?:No
Shopping available?:Yes
Currency accepted:USD Credit cards accepted: Yes

Explore Blackbeard's Castle, surrounding Kongens Quarter & Amber Museum

Details:
Transport type:Walking
Time at site:01:30 Inside Visit :Yes
Total number of steps:200 Notes

Intermittent steps down hillside (all steps have handrails)

Wheelchair accessible?:No Notes

Tour is not suitable for wheelchairs or walkers

Restrooms available?:Yes
Air conditioned?:No

Free time for shopping Downtown

Details:
Transport type:Walking
Time at site:01:30
Total number of steps:100 Notes

Relatively flat surface walking in town to return transport

Return to the ship at your leisure by a pre-arranged transportation

Details:
Travel time: 00:15
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):200
Inside Visit :No
Total number of steps:4 Notes

Steps in and out of vessel

Wheelchair accessible?:No Notes

Tour is not suitable for wheelchairs or walkers

Restrooms available?:Yes
Air conditioned?:No

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Special Notes

 

Your tour includes Main Street for recommended shopping. When you are finished with your free time of shopping, head back to the ship via your pre-arranged transportation which could be via land or sea. Tour duration is approximately 4 to 6 hours depending upon your personal touring and shopping time. There are numerous steps to walk down from Blackbeard's to Main Street. This tour is not suitable for wheelchairs, walkers and guest with walking difficulties.

Excursion Length:

Varies

Child Price:

12 & under reduced

Number of Steps/Walking Distance:

For information on walking distances and/or the number of steps at each stop, please see the detailed itinerary above.

Wheelchair Accessibility:

For information on wheelchair accessibility, please see the detailed itinerary above.

Camera/Video Restrictions:

For information on camera/video restrictions at each stop, please see the detailed itinerary above.

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