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Traffic #116303
01/05/2017 01:45 PM
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sailbynight Offline OP
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Hey All,
How is traffic this Year? Specifically, the airport to Philipsburg? We arrive at 4 and have a 5:30 ferry. As long as we are there by 5:20 I know we can do it. Thanks for any current information.

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Re: Traffic [Re: sailbynight] #116304
01/05/2017 02:09 PM
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What day of the week? It's been my experience that traffic on Friday in particular is horrendous. Saturday and Sunday not bad, other weekdays, traffic is generally bad, but not as horrible as Friday. Also, do you have to wait for bags? And how big a plane are you on? Those factor in to how long it will take for you to just get out of the airport..

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Re: Traffic [Re: sailbynight] #116305
01/05/2017 02:57 PM
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The traffic is terrible at that time of the afternoon and with your landing at 4.00pm you will have a big problem getting that ferry at that time.

Re: Traffic [Re: Kennys] #116306
01/05/2017 03:14 PM
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I hope it's not next Wednesday, 7 ships in port! <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Yikes.gif" alt="" />

Re: Traffic [Re: sailbynight] #116307
01/05/2017 03:29 PM
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By the time you get through immigration and collect your bags it could be 4:30 or later. The taxi driver will probably know which way (causeway or bridge) is fastest. But the traffic is nasty at that time. Kenny would know best.

Re: Traffic [Re: MotownTim] #116308
01/05/2017 09:05 PM
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We are carrying on. I moved ashore last year so haven't been back to the island in 18 months. Thanks for the heads up on heavy cruise ship days. Those are the worst. I think we'll just spend the extra $ and fly over.

For the record, ferry from Great Bay is about $110 r/t and flights are $255 r/t and up.

Re: Traffic [Re: sailbynight] #116309
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cruise ships are light. yesterday (Wednesday there were 4) today (Thursday) only 1. many lines have chosen not to come to SXM (including Disney)

Re: Traffic [Re: sxmmm1987] #116310
01/05/2017 10:33 PM
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And what do you base that statement on. There are just as many cruise ships as in past years over a years time.

Re: Traffic [Re: SXMScubaman] #116311
01/05/2017 10:38 PM
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I wondered as well & Disney did still go there this year.

Re: Traffic [Re: SXMScubaman] #116312
01/06/2017 12:52 AM
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Re: Traffic [Re: sxmmm1987] #116313
01/06/2017 08:15 AM
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Ship pax are down a little, as shown by the link Wendell posted, but still quite large.


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Re: Traffic [Re: Carol_Hill] #116314
01/06/2017 11:43 AM
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Still, way too many!! <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/thumbsdown.gif" alt="" />

Re: Traffic [Re: LBI2SXM] #116315
01/06/2017 11:49 AM
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I never mind the cruise ship visitors. They add a lot of dollars to the local economy helping the infatructure that we all benefit from. Whether its from dollars the visitors spend directly or from port charges it all adds up.

Re: Traffic [Re: LBI2SXM] #116316
01/06/2017 11:49 AM
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Honestly, other than specific places like Sunset, cruise ship passengers have ZERO negative affect on stay-over visitors.


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Re: Traffic [Re: LBI2SXM] #116317
01/06/2017 11:53 AM
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Still, way too many!! <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/thumbsdown.gif" alt="" />

Maybe for the average tourist but I doubt the business owners and anyone else that benefits from the cruise industry feels like this.


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