Excursion Focus: St Thomas Sky Ride to Paradise Point
If you are going to see the Caribbean island of St. Thomas, why not see it from over 700 feet above sea level? The Skyride to Paradise Point allows guests to go to the top of a mountain and enjoy a stunning view of the island.
The premise of the Skyride is simple, take a cable car from the base of the mountain all the way up the hillside in just minutes.
Located within walking distance from the Havensight Pier, the Skyride is a 5-10 minute walk. No taxis or transportation needed, it is easily accessed.
There are no set times for this excursion. Guests may purchase tickets from the ship's Shore Excursion Desk or purchase tickets at the attraction. If you bought tickets on your Royal Caribbean ship, you can exchange your tickets for wristbands at the ticket office.
Admission to the Skyride is good for the entire day, so you may return later on and experience it again.
Once you have your wristbands, guests will walk up a set of stairs to the loading area.
Guests will be lined up in the order they arrived to board the next available cable car to the top.
The cable cars can hold about 6-8 people and there are windows on all sides to allow a view on the way up. The ride itself takes roughly five minutes and is fairly tame. There is little in the way of swaying or motion and the ride is quite smooth.
Once at the top of Paradise Point, guests disembark the cable car and can walk to a number of platforms to enjoy the view.
In addition to the view of the harbor, Paradise Point features shops, a nature trail, a restaurant and a bar.
Guests may return down to the bottom at any time.
There is no question that the skyride offers some fantastic views of the harbor, Charlotte Amalie and the surrounding area. It is the perfect perspective to see your Royal Caribbean ship in the harbor.
Getting to the skyride and up the mountain is pretty simple and the only caveat worth mentioning is there are a lot of stairs involved, so if you have a stroller or wheelchair, keep in mind that there is no alternative to the stairs.
Once at the top, the view is impressive and it makes for great photos.
The Paradise Point folks advertise a Carnival show everyday, although we were not present for it on our stop.
The shops and bar at the top are your typical tourist-centric diversions and we opted not to go there.
If you have never done the skyride, it is an impressive attraction that can be completed fairly quickly. You should have plenty of time to do other activities on St. Thomas even after experiencing the Skyride.
Royal Caribbean also advertises that the excursion is risk free, so if you purchase a ticket at the Shore Excursion Desk and then decide not to go for whatever reason, you may return the unused ticket to the Shore Excursions Desk onboard for a full refund.
The St. Thomas Skyride has a tremendous capacity and the benefit of a full refund is reason enough to purchase tickets in advance either on Royal Caribbean's web site, or at the Excursion Desk on board your ship.
Cost: $21.75 per adult, $10.75 for kids.