Traveltalkonline.com Forums



Travel and Vacation Forums >> British Virgin Islands

Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | >> (show all)
Orange_Burst
Traveler


Joined: 02/28/01
Posts: 3740
Loc: Toledo, OH, USA
Re: Ferry/Airport Experience - 4/27 [Re: Thirsty_Toad]
      #1731971 - 05/03/17 04:06 PM (72.240.59.138)

As long as flights are on time, you should be fine.

--------------------
Colleen

[url=https://www.TickerFactory.com/]

[/url]


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
map
Traveler


Joined: 10/11/00
Posts: 1005
Loc: New Hampshire
Re: Ferry/Airport Experience - 4/27 [Re: CottageGirl]
      #1732027 - 05/04/17 09:28 AM (70.196.2.118)

I just called to confirm our 7:15 ferry to CA tomorrow only to find out there is no ferry running at 7:15 out of West End! I have the tickets and the reservation number and they can't find it in the system anywhere! Waiting to hear what they can or cannot do for us! Ok thinking this is our last ferry experience!

--------------------
~As you navigate through life, take time to play in the waves~


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
suzkoop
Traveler


Joined: 02/17/17
Posts: 38
Loc: California
Re: Ferry/Airport Experience - 4/27 [Re: map]
      #1732029 - 05/04/17 09:38 AM (73.151.43.3)

The more I read this thread, the happier I am that I set up a private water taxi (we will be using Foxy's water taxi) to get from Roadtown to St. Thomas when we go home. With our flight times it was the best option.

We are planning to take the public ferry from CA to Roadtown on the way there.

Suzanne


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
BaardJ
Traveler


Joined: 05/28/04
Posts: 187
Re: Ferry/Airport Experience - 4/27 [Re: map]
      #1732038 - 05/04/17 11:15 AM (76.125.236.212)

Quote:

map said:
I just called to confirm our 7:15 ferry to CA tomorrow only to find out there is no ferry running at 7:15 out of West End! I have the tickets and the reservation number and they can't find it in the system anywhere! Waiting to hear what they can or cannot do for us! Ok thinking this is our last ferry experience!




How about the Native Son ferry from West End to Redhook advertised for 6:45 am departure, or the Roadtown Fast Ferry from Roadtown to CA direct advertised as 7:00 am departure?


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Cyn
Member


Joined: 05/03/17
Posts: 1
Re: Ferry/Airport Experience - 4/27 [Re: BaardJ]
      #1732046 - 05/04/17 12:25 PM (12.129.204.39)

This thread has me concerned. This will my be first trip to the BVI at the end of the month, we were planning to take the Road Town Fast Ferry on a Saturday at 10:00am for a flight departing at 2:00pm from STT.

By the sounds of it, that may be cutting it too close? It is due in CA port by 10:50am. There's a Smith's Ferry leaving at 9:45am but it has a stop and is set to arrive 15 minutes after RTFF.

Does anyone have advice on this or have an alternative suggestion? I'm not sure we could reasonably check back in our charter to TMM and catch one of the earlier ferries that leave at 7:00am or so.

Thanks!


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Manpot
Traveler


Joined: 05/07/02
Posts: 15214
Loc: Tortola/ Sonoma, California
Re: Ferry/Airport Experience - 4/27 [Re: map]
      #1732047 - 05/04/17 12:45 PM (76.103.182.221)

MAP..take the Inter Island to St John and on to Red Hook..leaves about 7.15..

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
BaardJ
Traveler


Joined: 05/28/04
Posts: 187
Re: Ferry/Airport Experience - 4/27 [Re: Manpot]
      #1732060 - 05/04/17 03:19 PM (76.125.236.212)

Inter-Island schedule shows it leaves at 8:00 am from WE to Red hook via Cruz Bay.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
JudyG
Traveler


Joined: 10/22/01
Posts: 2907
Loc: Milton, MA
Re: Ferry/Airport Experience - 4/27 [Re: BaardJ]
      #1732230 - 05/06/17 04:24 PM (207.172.218.44)

the "schedule" is becoming an alternative fact it seems...not nice.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
EdistoEllen
Traveler


Joined: 03/14/17
Posts: 6
Loc: Edisto Island, SC
Re: Ferry/Airport Experience - 4/27 [Re: JudyG]
      #1732309 - 05/07/17 03:19 PM (104.50.233.224)

We just returned yesterday, taking the ferry from from Road Town to CA. Maybe because it was Saturday, everything was crowded and chaotic. We arrived at the ferry dock at 11:15am and were given conflicting information on which ferry to choose - both the direct (which left 30 minutes later) and the one with a stop in West End promised to get us there first. We choose the latter, and rode on the Bomba Charger, which was packed and enclosed. At least the AC worked - sort of. We left RT at 11:35am and did not get off the boat at CA until 1:00pm. (I don't know why it was so much slower than the ferry we took going over.) Fortunately, our flight was at 4:40pm, so we had some cushion from that perspective. Luckily, we were some of the first off the boat, and found going through US Customs to be straight-forward with no delays. There were plenty of taxis available and we didn't have to wait long for it to fill up with folks and leave.

The airport was jam-packed!! Too many flights leaving about the same time, and too many folks getting there early, as required by AA. We checked in (with one checked bag) at 1:45pm, right at the three hour mark. Some observations and advice from our experience: when you enter the Customs area the line to the left is shorter; TSA Pre-Check saves a lot of time and is worth every penny it costs (That put us ahead of probably 150 folks waiting in a line that snaked back and forth!); the waiting area was ridiculously crowded with nowhere to sit; the small restaurant was full, but the service was quick; and by 3:00 the crowds started to thin out. The whole ferry/airport experience felt like a marathon of endurance!

My suggestions for minimizing the trauma of leaving BVI: don't leave on a Saturday; get TSA Pre-Check approval before you travel if you're flying out of STT (we also have Global Entry, but that was not an option at the airport); allow plenty of time for the ferry and for the airport; fly into/out of Beef Island if possible.

Bottom line: returning to the US from BVI isn't easy or simple, but it's a price we're willing to pay for an amazing vacation in paradise!


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
LocalSailor
Traveler


Joined: 06/03/11
Posts: 807
Loc: USVI
Re: Ferry/Airport Experience - 4/27 [Re: EdistoEllen]
      #1732311 - 05/07/17 04:02 PM (65.113.105.17)

Saturdays are certainly the busiest day at the STT airport and --1pm - 4pm are the busiest times with multiple airlines and flights departing.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | >> (show all)



Extra information
10 registered and 52 anonymous users are browsing this forum.

Print Topic

Forum Permissions
      You cannot start new topics
      You cannot reply to topics
      HTML is disabled
      TTOLCode is enabled

Topic views: 5794

Jump to

Contact Us Terms of Use Advertising on TTOL Traveltalkonline
A Public Service of TTOL