Crown Bay Dock - Terminal
in St. Thomas (USVI) Cruise Port

Crown Bay Dock Must Know for Cruise Travelers
 - Tourist Information, Wi-Fi, ATM, Shopping, Taxi Fares

By: Editor-in-Chief | Date: February 12, 2018

With 2 docking spots on the long and only pier of Crown Bay Cruise Ship Dock, the exiting gates are right in front of your cruise ship and at no more than 150 meters from the gangway. Be Aware: the cruise ship passenger in St. Thomas is required to have both the ship card and a valid photo ID to re-enter the pier.

Photo of Cruise Ships in the Crown Bay Dock St. Thomas

Cruise Ships - Crown Bay Dock

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Beyond the Pier - at the Terminal

If booked on a shore excursions, the cruise ship passenger will be guided by the Shorex staff to the tour buses parked just outside the gate.

But if you are planning to explore St. Thomas on your own, which is both easy and safe, the cruise ship passenger will enter a large mall (the Crown Bay Center) just outside the pier gates.

Photo of Crown Bay Center in St. Thomas

Crown Bay Center

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Amenities and Services

For those booked with pre-arranged private on-line services you will find the tour guides as you enter this open air mall - as you can see on the photo above. The Crown Bay Center (or Terminal) is very well equipped with all sorts of amenities and services: Tourist Information, ATM, Free Wi-Fi, Restaurants, Convenience Stores, Coffee Shops, Restaurants, Taxis, Souvenir Shops, and the ubiquitous shops found in the Caribbean.

Photo of Shopping Kiosks in the Crown Bay Dock, St. Thomas

Souvenir Kiosks - Crown Bay

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Shopping in Crown Bay

In fact, the first buildings the cruise passenger will come across are embellished with the shop windows of major labels and stores like Cardow, Diamonds International, Del Sol, Cariloha, Effy, Little Switzerland or Milano. After all, St Thomas is known as a shopper's paradise and it starts right as you step out of your cruise ship. There are so many shops in Crown Bay that IQCruising has an article reviewing most of them.
Click Here to Discover All Shops in Crown Bay.
For the Best Shops in Charlotte Amalie Click Here.

Photo of Shops of Crown Bay in St. Thomas

Shops - Crown Bay

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If shopping is not in your plans and the cruise traveler just wants to go out to explore the attractions of St Thomas, or spend a day on the beach the taxi dispatch is by the exit of the mall. All taxi fares are per person, fixed and official. More about Getting Around by Taxi below.

Photo of Taxi Dispatch in the Crown Bay Dock, St. Thomas

Taxi Dispatch in Crown Bay

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However, if you want to buy liquor, fragrances, tobacco, gifts or souvenirs there is a good shop - Duty Free St Thomas -, a couple of convenience stores and an area with Kiosks selling all kinds of souvenirs.

Photo of Convenience Store in the Crown Bay Center, St. Thomas US VI.

Convenience Store in Crown Bay

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Tourist Information and Wi-Fi

The Information Center is located close to the exit of the Mall - on the north side - and is impossible to miss considering that the building replicates a windmill. Here you will find maps and all information you may need to explore St. Thomas on your own.

Photo of Tourist Information in the Crown Bay Dock, St. Thomas

Tourist Information in Crown Bay

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Close by you will find a bank - with ATM. Not far, to the left, there is an area well-know by cruise crew, staff, officers and savvy cruisers where FREE Wi-Fi is available and that can be useful if you need to check your emails.

Photo of Wi-Fi Spot in the Crown Bay Dock, St. Thomas

Free Wi-Fi in Crown Bay

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Getting to Charlotte Amalie and Around by Taxi

If your cruise ship docks at the Crown Bay, walking to Charlotte Amalie is quite a stretch (over 2 miles) and not particularly pleasant until you get close to town. The best way to get anywhere - including downtown - is by taxi. Next to exit of the mall there is a taxi dispatch, which displays taxi fares to the main attractions in St. Thomas, including all major beaches.

Taxi Fares from Crown Bay *

Taxi Fares

From / To Town Magens Beach Coki Beach Red Hook Ferry Coral World
Crown Bay Dock $5.00 $10.00 $12.00 $13.00 $13.00

Fares are per person, sharing a large taxi. *Taxi fares may have been updated since last reviewed.

These fares are official so haggling will not take you far - in fact, you will never get a bad deal as they are affordable. Just keep in mind that taxis in St. Thomas are shared an you will need to with wait for other cruise travelers to until the taxi is full but, usually, it doesn't take long.

Photo of Taxi Arrival in the Crown Bay Dock, St. Thomas

Typical Shared Taxi in Crown Bay

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Close to the Crown Bay Dock you will not find any major attraction at walking distance but there are some very nice beaches that you can go to on a taxi - like the Brewer's Beach, the Lindberg Beach and Hull Bay, the latter on the north coast. However, St. Thomas is a small island and the distance to all major attractions is never that far.

Photo of ATM in the Crown Bay Dock, St. Thomas

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Keep in mind that St Thomas is an unincorporated territory of the United States of America and that the $USD. is the legal tender in the Island. If you need cash for your taxi rides and pocket money, there is an ATM close to the Information Center.

Crown Bay Basics

WHAT
WHERE
Crown Bay
Tourist Information Yes
Post Office NO
Pharmacy NO
Shuttle NO
Taxis Yes
Rent-a-Car NO
Banks and ATM Machines Yes
Phones Yes
Restrooms Yes
Restaurants Just for a quick bite
Duty Free Shopping Around 20 retail shops