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Re: Ferry/Airport Experience - 4/27 [Re: CottageGirl]
      #1731379 - 04/28/17 02:39 PM (70.197.11.207)

Only $40 from the ferry dock on CA to the airport? Is there any kind of rate or just depends on who you get? We were charged $60 from the airport to the ferry dock. And I'm glad I was convinced to switch to the 7am ferry when we leave based on this. Also I booked in advance for what I thought was the new ferry and ended up on the Bomba Charger! They said if we wanted to wait until 3:30 we could be on the new ferry. Well sorry but that was not the schedule that was advertised. Bottom line you get what they give you! Disappointed but damn happy to be here!
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Re: Ferry/Airport Experience - 4/27 [Re: map]
      #1731389 - 04/28/17 04:35 PM (24.247.91.79)

Mappy, yes. I had originally arranged for Kevin to meet us; but because the ferry disembarking of 2 boats one right after the other caused a major commotion in people rushing to get taxis, Kevin had a van full. He sent us to another guy who took the 4 of us from the ferry dock to the airport for $40. No extra charge for bags. Sorry, I don't know who it was.

Originally the Global Entry was closed, but it opened magically. Probably because they had to start pushing people through some other line!

Seriously going to look into flying in to EIS next time.
Ferries and fees are getting ridiculous.
March 2015 - from STT to Tortola Road Town fast ferry is $45/pp, no extra fees or bag fees
Nov 2015 - from Tortola to STT fast ferry is $35/pp + $3 per bag + $20 pp departure tax
April 2016 - from STT to Tortola fast ferry is $50/pp includes bag fees
April 2017 - from STT to Tortola on Bomba Charger is $50/pp + $10p// VI Port Authority Fee + 1 bag at $3 + 1 bag at $10 bec it's over 40 pounds
April 2017 - from Tortola to STT on Fast Ferry $40/pp + $6 for 2 bags + $20 pp departure tax

I'm really suspect of the Bomba ferry ride; most expensive ride + "VI Port Authority" fee? Plus extra bec the bag is over 40 pounds? And it's a crappy boat?

Yup, def looking into flying into EIS next time.


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Re: Ferry/Airport Experience - 4/27 [Re: CottageGirl]
      #1731398 - 04/28/17 05:45 PM (70.196.8.213)

We just talked about that today as well and I agree totally! The difference in price is getting close. Crazy for sure!
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Re: Ferry/Airport Experience - 4/27 [Re: CottageGirl]
      #1731400 - 04/28/17 06:00 PM (71.227.26.68)

Thanks for the return trip report Cottage Girl.
Until the BVI finally trys to improve on getting vacationers to and from St. Thomas, I am now very likely going to do my next bare boat charter out of St. Thomas and avoid the years of frustration of getting into and out of Tortola by ferry.


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Re: Ferry/Airport Experience - 4/27 [Re: HoosierDaddy]
      #1731404 - 04/28/17 06:33 PM (47.54.108.112)

Have always gone the EIS route since our stop and start point is VG...did cape air to Virgin Gorda for the first time this past trip......just incredible

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Re: Ferry/Airport Experience - 4/27 [Re: HoosierDaddy]
      #1731406 - 04/28/17 06:43 PM (65.113.105.2)

If the Delta flight was either:
Atlanta - departed gate at 1:25
New York - departed gate at 1:57

You were very lucky to even board - arriving at the airport at noon or later with bags to check and then lines at C&I and TSA to go through was, in retrospect, bad pre-planning and circumstantial. Any travel is subject to unexpected obstacles.
Throwing $$ at the problem - [red cap] - solved some time constraints but your final reflection in the post of arriving 2 hours or more before the flight is good advice.


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Re: Ferry/Airport Experience - 4/27 [Re: lauraandrex]
      #1731415 - 04/28/17 07:58 PM (70.192.68.57)

Not that I have found this anywhere in "official print" but after 30 some odd years of ferry travel, the berthing order "rights" On the Tortola/CA route seem to be: #1 Native Son, #2 Smith's, #3 RTFF. I have never waited to dock when on a Native Son boat, and other ferries had stood off even if they arrived prior.

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Re: Ferry/Airport Experience - 4/27 [Re: HillsideView]
      #1731478 - 04/29/17 12:51 PM (24.247.91.79)

LocalSailor - I agree. We needed more time. But this was the first time in 6 trips that has happened. Lesson learned.
Hillside - the fast ferry crew clearly feel that Ocean Dreams is out to screw them by their schedule and taking their time getting people off the boat.


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Re: Ferry/Airport Experience - 4/27 [Re: CottageGirl]
      #1731493 - 04/29/17 03:46 PM (50.103.197.41)

Oceans Dreams is a partner of Smiths Ferry Services. Maybe this has been mentioned before.

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Re: Ferry/Airport Experience - 4/27 [Re: sunshine44]
      #1731506 - 04/29/17 06:33 PM (74.104.187.227)

We went the day before (the 26th) on the same 10:00am ferry and we would have difficulty making a 1:30pm flight without extra help (Red Cap and TSA Pre-check). Although there were no major problems, the time still disappeared and it took about 3.5 hours from leaving the dock in Tortola to being in the terminal waiting for our flight.

The 9:45 also beat our boat in by about 3 minutes (watched it pull in the harbor in front of us) and we waited about 25 minutes before pulling up to the dock. While Iím sure they play some games (including schedule times), the delay in this case was Customs. . .you could see them doing a walk-around of the boat after it had been on the dock for 20 minutes. We ran into the same problem on the way to Tortola with the boat in front of our ferry having a Customs inspection in St. Thomas (they can only accommodate one boat at the inbound dock) while our boat sat in the harbor for 20 minutes waiting for it to clear before they could pull up to unload and then move forward to load us. We were towards the front of the line to get off the ferry, but with the shuffle off the boat and a few people pushing past us, we ended up 5 or 6 parties back. Combine this with the non-resident line seaming to get priority and add 25 minutes. After all was said and done, it was after 12:00pm before we walked out to the cab line.

We had a 3:30pm flight, so we stored our bags and walked to McDonalds (kidís choice). Back a little after 12:30, but it was 12:45 before we left for the airport (a few minutes loading luggage and a few minutes waiting for another party to be added). Even with no line at the Jet Blue counter, no line to drop our checked bags and relatively small line at security (queue was only about Ĺ to ĺ full, but not down the hall like Iíve seen it, but still took 30 minutes to get through) it was still a little after 2:00pm before we got into the terminal.

At each step on the way, I kept saying this really isnít bad. But when all was said and done, it was 3.5 hours. . .we left at 10:00am and were not in the terminal until after 2:00pm (minus 30 minutes for our trip to McDonalds). Looking back, I think the issue is more the limitations with US C&I/Security than the ferries. . . it was an hour from the time we pulled near dock until we got through C&I at ferry terminal and 30 minutes in line at airport security.


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