Travel Planning

They say its harder to hit a moving target – but just because Juliet is a boat that moves around quite a bit doesn’t mean your travel planning has to be difficult! Below you will find what information you need to book your travel to Juliet, whether she is in Miami for the Bahamas and Florida Keys Charters, Fredrickstead for St. Croix itineraries, Puerto Rico for Mona Island trips, or St. Thomas for Virgin Islands excursions. Find your destination below and start planning your trip now!

For all trips:

Passenger information form
Liability form
Dive and travel insurance

Juliet Sailing and Diving will not offer refunds for charters cancelled or shortened due to adverse weather, acts of God, or events not within the reasonable control of Juliet Sailing and Diving. We strongly recommend you obtain travel insurance for your vacation, especially during hurricane season. PLEASE NOTE: It is strongly recommend you booked your travel insurance as early as possible – many insurance companies will deny claims if booked too soon before the trip’s departure (i.e. if a hurricane is named before you purchase trip insurance, many agencies will deny your claim – even if the storm isn’t yet predicted to impact the area your trip is planned for). Some agencies we recommend are:

DAN – http://www.diversalertnetwork.org/trip  800-446-2671

Dive Assure – https://www.diveassure.com 866-898-0921

Liveaboard packing checklist
Scuba Courses

If you are planning on taking any courses while you’re on board, please fill out and return the following documents to the office:

  • Diving Medical release. If the answer to any of the questions on this release is yes, we will need a doctor’s sign-off to start any coursework – which is hard to get in the middle of the ocean so help us plan ahead.
  • Student registration form. Contact us to find out what specialties are available on your trip.
  • Watch the applicable Risk Awareness Videos from SSI prior to boarding:
Pre-pay for add-ons

Pre-pay for any of your add-ons here, like Nitrox, parking pass, or rental gear. You can pay on board as well if you’d prefer. If you’re unsure whether or not you already included some of these with your original payment, please email us and we’ll help sort it out.

For your specific itinerary:

Download the Bahamas 7-day Welcome Letter here

Arrival, Departure, and Disembarkation

All Bahamas trips depart from downtown Miami.

  • Boarding: Saturday starting at noon
  • Departure: Saturday after 3pm
  • Return to Miami: Friday morning by 7am
  • Disembarkation: Friday 9am
  • Passports: REQUIRED

If arriving before boarding time you can drop luggage off on board and explore Miami until it is time to board. Please do not plan to board the boat before 12pm.

Plan your return flights departing after 11am from MIA, or after 12pm from Ft. Lauderdale. We offer dives until 3pm day before disembarkation, so plan no-fly time accordingly. Current DAN recommendations can be found here. Always follow your computer’s recommendation and know your personal limitations.

Water Temps

Water temperatures in the Bahamas fluctuate quite a bit during the year, so be sure to pack the appropriate wetsuits!

Months Temperature Recommended Wetsuit
Jan-Mar 72-76F (22-25C) 3-5mm depending on your sensitivity
Apr-Jun 77-80F (24-27C) 3mm Full suit or shorty
Jul-Sep 80-86F (27-30C) Skin or no suit
Sept-Dec 77-80F (24-27C) 3mm Full suit or shorty

Getting to Juliet

We are docked on the north side of the turning basin by the American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami. The closest physical address is 901 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL.

Hotel recommendations

Holiday Inn, Port of Miami
340 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
1 800 972 2604

Hyatt Regency Downtown Miami
400 SE 2nd Ave, Miami
1 305 358 1234

YVE Miami
146 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
855-983-4636

Download the Bahamas 4-day Welcome Letter here

Arrival, Departure, and Disembarkation

All Bahamas trips depart from downtown Miami.

  • Boarding: Friday starting at 5pm
  • Departure: Friday after 8pm
  • Return to Miami: Tuesday morning by 7am
  • Disembarkation: Tuesday 9am
  • Passports: REQUIRED

If arriving before boarding time you can drop luggage off on board and explore Miami until it is time to board. Please do not plan to board the boat before 5pm.

Plan your return flights departing after 11am from MIA, or after 12pm from Ft. Lauderdale. We offer dives until 3pm day before disembarkation, so plan no-fly time accordingly. Current DAN recommendations can be found here. Always follow your computer’s recommendation and know your personal limitations.

Water Temps

Water temperatures in the Bahamas fluctuate quite a bit during the year, so be sure to pack the appropriate wetsuits!

Months Temperature Recommended Wetsuit
Jan-Mar 72-76F (22-25C) 3-5mm depending on your sensitivity
Apr-Jun 77-80F (24-27C) 3mm Full suit or shorty
Jul-Sep 80-86F (27-30C) Skin or no suit
Sept-Dec 77-80F (24-27C) 3mm Full suit or shorty

Getting to Juliet

We are docked on the north side of the turning basin by the American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami. The closest physical address is 901 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL.

Hotel recommendations

Holiday Inn, Port of Miami
340 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
1 800 972 2604

Hyatt Regency Downtown Miami
400 SE 2nd Ave, Miami
1 305 358 1234

YVE Miami
146 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
855-983-4636

Download the St. Croix Welcome Letter here

Arrival, Departure, and Disembarkation

All St. Croix trips depart from the Frederiksted Pier.

  • Boarding: Friday starting at 12pm
  • Departure: Late Friday night or early Saturday morning
  • Return to the pier: Thursday morning by 7am
  • Disembarkation: Thursday 9am
  • Passports: Recommended

Water Temps

Water temperatures in the Caribbean don’t fluctuate as much as in the Bahamas or Florida Keys. There is around a 5 degree difference between winter and summer, but summer temps aren’t quite as warm as Bahamas either. We recommend a 3mm suit for whatever season in the Virgin Islands – better to bring it and not wear it than not bring it and wish you had!

Months Temperature Recommended Wetsuit
Dec-Apr 77-80F (25-27C) 3mm full suit or shorty
May-Nov 80-83F (27-29C) 3mm shorty or skin

Air Travel to St. Croix

Most major US airlines fly into St. Croix Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (STX) from the US. If you cannot find flights directly into St. Croix, look at flights into San Juan or St. Thomas and then catch one of these local airlines the fly into St. Croix 3-5 times per day.

Email kat -at- sailjuliet -dot- com if you need any advice or assistance with flight info.

If you are flying in the day of departure (Friday) please be sure to include your airline and flight information on your passenger information form so that we know when you will be arriving. If you are arriving well after boarding time, don’t worry. We plan to stay at the Fredricksted Pier and dive throughout the afternoon and evening so even a flight arriving later in the day is ok. If you would like to plan to fly in the day before, please note that St. Croix is not a huge tourist destination and as such hotels are hard to come by and book up years in advance! Please plan ahead.

On your day of return, disembarkation is at 9am. To allow for ample no-fly-time we recommend booking flights that depart after noon to avoid having to cut your diving short on the day before return. Current DAN recommendations can be found here. Always follow your computer’s recommendation and know your personal limitations.

If your flight or check-in time is not until later in the afternoon, you are welcome to leave your luggage on board Juliet while you explore St. Croix until your time of departure. We can help arrange for tour vans and transportation.

About the Virgin Islands

  • While US residents do not need a passport to travel to St. Croix, it is recommended that if you have one you should travel with it.
  • The Virgin Islands widely accept the US dollar, most major credit cards (Visa, MC, AmEx), and travelers checks.
  • Drivers drive on the left on the roads, though lots of the cars are the American left-side drive.
  • Your cell phone will most likely work, check with your provider before using your phone to avoid unexpected charges.

Getting to Juliet

The boat is located at the Fredricksted Pier near downtown Fredricksted, about 20 minutes from St. Croix Airport. Just ask any taxi driver to take you to the cruise ship pier. For additional info on taxi rates, see the government controlled rates on this page: St. Croix Taxis & Rates

Recommended Hotels

The following hotels in Frederiksted are open and accepting reservations as of Jan 1 2018.

Download the Florida Keys Welcome Letter Here

Arrival, Departure, and Disembarkation

All Bahamas trips depart from downtown Miami.

  • Boarding: Saturday starting at noon
  • Departure: Saturday 2pm for diving that day!
  • Return to Miami: Friday morning by 7am
  • Disembarkation: Friday 9am
  • Passports not required

If arriving before boarding time you can drop luggage off on board and explore Miami until it is time to board. Please do not plan to board the boat before 12pm. We often plan to dive that day outside Miami so try to arrive before 2pm and no vacationy day drinking if you want to get a dive in!

Plan your return flights departing after 11am from MIA, or after 12pm from Ft. Lauderdale. We offer dives until 3pm day before disembarkation, so plan no-fly time accordingly. Current DAN recommendations can be found here. Always follow your computer’s recommendation and know your personal limitations.

Water temps and recommended exposure suit

Months Temperature Recommended Wetsuit
Dec-Mar 69-73F (20-23C) 5-7mm depending on your sensitivity
Apr-May 75-80F (23-27C) 3mm Full suit or shorty
Jun-Sep 80-86F (27-30C) Skin or no suit
Sept-Nov 72-78F (22-26C) 3-5mm Full suit

Getting to Juliet

We are docked on the north side of the turning basin by the American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami. The closest physical address is 901 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL.

Hotel recommendations

Holiday Inn, Port of Miami
340 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
1 800 972 2604

Hyatt Regency Downtown Miami
400 SE 2nd Ave, Miami
1 305 358 1234

YVE Miami
146 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
855-983-4636

Download the Mona Island Welcome letter here

Arrival, Departure, and Disembarkation

All Mona Island trips depart from the port of Mayaguez. See directions below.

  • Boarding:
    • March – Saturday starting at noon.
    • December – Sunday starting at noon.
  • Departure: Midnight on boarding day
  • Return to Mayaguez:
    • March – Friday morning by 7am.
    • December – Saturday morning by 7am
  • Disembarkation: 9am on day of return
  • Passports: Recommended

Water Temperatures

Water temperatures in the Caribbean don’t fluctuate as much as in the Bahamas or Florida Keys. There is around a 5 degree difference between winter and summer, but summer temps aren’t quite as warm as Bahamas either. We recommend a 3mm suit for whatever season in the Puerto Rico – better to bring it and not wear it than not bring it and wish you had!

Months Temperature Recommended Wetsuit
Dec-Apr 77-80F (25-27C) 3mm full suit or shorty
May-Nov 80-83F (27-29C) 3mm shorty or skin

Air Travel to Mayaguez

As travel to and from this part of Puerto Rico can be challenging, our departure time is very flexible and we typically depart in the late evenings to accommodate late arrivals. There are many airlines that fly direct into Aguadilla (BQN) from the mainland US, from there it is a 45 minute taxi ride to Mayaguez. Alternatively fly to San Juan (SJU) and take a Cape Air (www.capeair.com) flight from there to Mayaguez (MAZ). Van service can also be arranged from San Juan to Mayaguez but keep in mind it is a 2-3 hour ride at least and the plane ride is probably cheaper!

On your day of return, disembarkation is at 9am. To allow for ample no-fly-time we recommend booking flights that depart after noon to avoid having to cut your diving short on the day before return (keep in mind Cape Air flights do not count towards no-fly time as they never get above 10,000 feet). Current DAN recommendations can be found here. Always follow your computer’s recommendation and know your personal limitations.

Getting to Juliet

The boat is located at the Port of Mayaguez, about 20 minutes from Mayaguez Airport and 45 minutes from Aguadilla. Ask taxi drivers to take you to the Port of Mayaguez, near the address for America Cruise Ferries.

Recommended Hotels

Holiday Inn Port of Mayaguez

Download the South-bound Repositioning Trip Welcome Letter here (11-day)

Download the Nouth-bound Repositioning Trip Welcome Letter here (2-week)

Water Temperatures

This is a tricky one as you’ll be covering over 500 miles during the more changeable seasons. The Fall repositioning trip tends to be warmer than the spring one by far. See the table below for general recommendations, or kat -at- sailjuliet -dot- com us for more information.

Months Temperature Recommended Wetsuit
Dec-Apr 75-80F (25-27C) 3-5mm full suit
May-Nov 80-83F (27-29C) 3mm shorty or skin

Download the BVI Welcome Letter here

Arrival, Departure, and Disembarkation

All St. Thomas/BVI trips depart from Charlotte Amalie on Veterans Drive near the Sea plane base.

  • Boarding: Saturday starting at 12pm
  • Departure: Saturday after 3pm
  • Return to Charlotte Amalie: Friday morning by 7am
  • Disembarkation: Friday 9am
  • Passports: Recommended

Water Temperatures

Water temperatures in the Caribbean don’t fluctuate as much as in the Bahamas or Florida Keys. There is around a 5 degree difference between winter and summer, but summer temps aren’t quite as warm as Bahamas either. We recommend a 3mm suit for whatever season in the Virgin Islands – better to bring it and not wear it than not bring it and wish you had!

Months Temperature Recommended Wetsuit
Dec-Apr 77-80F (25-27C) 3mm full suit or shorty
May-Nov 80-83F (27-29C) 3mm shorty or skin

Directions to Juliet in St. Thomas

Juliet is docked just east of the Ferry Terminal on Veterans Drive, in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, across from the Windward Passage Hotel.

Accommodations in St. Thomas

Due to airline schedules, most guests may find themselves spending a night in St. Thomas before embarking on Juliet for a beautiful week of island hopping. We recommend the Island View Guest House, overlooking the harbor where the Juliet is docked.

Island View Guest House
on Crown Mountain, Scott Free Road
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Phone (304) 774-4270 / (800) 524-2023

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