St Croix Island USVI (Frederiksted-Christiansted, US Virgin Islands)

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St Croix Island USVI cruise port

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Bahamas - Caribbean - Bermuda

Local Time
2022-08-17 00:49

min: 79 °F (25 °C) / max: 88 °F (32 °C) 81°F
27.4°C
Wind: 93°/ 2.7 m/s  Gust: 3 m/sWind: 93°/ 2.7 m/s  Gust: 3 m/sLight breeze
2.7 m/s
Min / Max Temperature88 °F / 32 °C
79 °F / 26 °C
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Saint Croix is a Caribbean island, as well as a county and district of the USVI (United States Virgin Islands), an unincorporated territory of the USA. St Croix has land area approx 215 km2 (83 mi2) ranking it the USVI's largest. However, the USVI's capital (Charlotte Amalie) is on Saint Thomas Island.

St Croix Island (USVI)

Most of the large cruise liners dock at Port Frederiksted (locode VIFRD), while smaller-sized ships and superyachts usually dock at Port Christiansted (locode VICTD). St Croix Island's population is around 50,000, its highest elevation point (Mt Eagle) is 355 m (1165 ft) and the island's nickname is "Twin City" for the two towns located on its opposite ends - Christiansted (eastern) and Frederiksted (western).

Although St Croix is a US territory, the USVI are maintained as "Free Port" in an individual customs zone. Therefore, tourists to/from mainland USA and Puerto Rico must clear USA's customs but don't have to present a passport - they just need proof of US citizenship/nationality. All USVI beaches (including on St Croix) are public and free of charge (no entry fees are required).

St Croix's current-day economy is heavily based on tourism. A major employer is the Cruzan Rum Distillery (fka Estate Diamond, 1760-founded rum producer in Frederiksted, currently owned by owned by Beam Suntory Inc USA). Rum production was originally using the locally grown sugar cane but now imports sugar cane molasses from other countries (mainly from Dominicana and South America). Diageo plc (1997-founded, London England-based beverage alcohol company/currently the world's second-largest distiller - after China's Kweichow Moutai Ltd Co) has a newbuild distillery that produces the brand Captain Morgan Rum.

 

In early-February 2019, USVI Port Authority approved a feasibility study to look at the possibility of bringing bigger (Quantum-class) liners by upgrading the cruise terminal (Ann E Abramson Marine Facility) at Abramson Pier. Currently, the berth can't handle larger-sized vessels, the largest now being RCI's Radiance-class (passenger capacity 2500). Royal Caribbean's Quantum-class (world's 3rd largest) could bring 4900+ tourists per port call. St Croix Port Authority contracted the local marine consult company "Moffat & Nichol" to start the USD 86,500 study - to be paid from USVI's FY2019 budget for capital projects.

St Croix Island USVI cruise terminal

Cruise ships to St Croix USVI dock (anchor) at Frederiksted (western coast) or Christiansted (north-eastern coast). Large-sized cruise liners dock at Frederiksted Pier (officially Abramson Pier). This is a deep-water docking pier with length 465 m (1526 ft). It is located on island's western coast and has berthing capacity 2 vessels symultaneously. Pier's max gross tonnage limitation is 142,000 GT-tons (max draught 29 ft / 9 m). Anchorage for larger vessels is available in the outer harbour waterway. Pier's platform is equipped with a fendering system (designed for submarines).

Port Frederiksted (St Croix USVI) cruise terminal

Facilities at cruise port Frederiksted include tourist kiosk and public restrooms on the pier. Taxis, tour- and shuttle buses transport cruise passengers to Christiansted. Several beaches are located within walking distance from Abramson Pier ("Ann E Abramson Marine Facility" cruise terminal). A shopping area is also within walking distance from the terminal. Pier's elevation points are 3 m (10 ft / at its outermost point) and 1 m (3 ft / at its innermost point). This allows berthing of scuba diving and sailing boats.

Smaller cruise ships anchor at Christiansted's Gallows Bay Dock, located approx 1,6 km (1 mml) east of downtown. Frederiksted port's old pier was destroyed by Hurricane Marilyn in 1995. Most of its remains were removed and sunk in 30 m (110 ft) deep water, approx 3 km (2 ml) north of the new pier. This is a popular diving site (now known as Armageddon).

Abramson Pier is a popular scuba diving and snorkeling destination, especially for first-timers. Here are also held sport fishing-, swimming- and paddleboarding (Coconut Cup) competitions. A large public beach (with many restaurants and bars) is located directly off the pier.

Port St Croix Island USVI cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from St Croix Island USVI, Frederiksted-Christiansted, US Virgin Islands. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

DayShipArrivalDeparture
7 November, 2022
Monday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineGrandeur Of The Seas11:0019:00
8 November, 2022
Tuesday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineVoyager Of The Seas08:0018:00
9 November, 2022
Wednesday
Virgin Voyages Cruises cruise lineValiant Lady08:0019:00
11 November, 2022
Friday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Silhouette07:0016:00
21 November, 2022
Monday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineGrandeur Of The Seas11:0019:00
22 November, 2022
Tuesday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineVoyager Of The Seas08:0018:00
23 November, 2022
Wednesday
Virgin Voyages Cruises cruise lineValiant Lady08:0019:00
23 November, 2022
Wednesday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineEnchantment Of The Seas08:0018:00
25 November, 2022
Friday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Silhouette07:0016:00
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