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Crown Bay to STJ Ferry #131901
06/05/2017 03:04 PM
06/05/2017 03:04 PM
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Edit - just saw on Tripadvisor forums it has been cancelled...

Has anyone tried or have feedback on the new Crown Bay to STJ ferry? We are arriving 6/10 at 12:15 pm (carry on only) and wondering whether this is an option to consider. Would the taxi dispatcher know the best option based on arrival time? Or best to make our own decision?

I assume under "ideal" circumstances we might be able to make the 1 pm out of Red Hook, and I believe there is a 1:30 pm out of Crown Bay.

Rick

Last edited by GW248; 06/05/2017 03:34 PM.
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Re: Crown Bay to STJ Ferry [Re: GW248] #131902
06/05/2017 10:20 PM
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Strictly personal opinion, and based on 4 decades of traveling to STJ it is usually not worth the rush or pressure – unless you are trying to have an Amazing Race experience. We always do carry on, but where you are sitting on the airplane will usually determine if you can make the first ferry of opportunity. We have landed and made a ferry in Red Hook in 45 minutes (sitting next to exit door), but all the stars must align with lights, traffic, and the driver’s willingness to push it. Having said that… hopefully you are coming to the island to chill and relax enjoying island time and pace of life - does an hour matter?


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Re: Crown Bay to STJ Ferry [Re: TomB] #131903
06/06/2017 12:27 PM
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I read on a different forum the service has been suspended for the time being. Reasons were vague but an island resident said the launch of the service was premature and they need to work out some issues before resuming scheduled service.

Re: Crown Bay to STJ Ferry [Re: Cleobeach] #131904
06/06/2017 08:13 PM
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The "new" ferry is operated by Inter Island Boat Service, the boats that go from Red Hook to Jost and Virgin Gorda. The way the schedule reads, it looks like it is aimed at cruise ship passengers as they have different times when a ship is in Crown Bay, and they stop at the WICO dock. I don't have any insight why it isn't running, though.


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Re: Crown Bay to STJ Ferry [Re: Nutmeg] #131905
06/06/2017 08:22 PM
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if it were dependable, it's a great idea, dependable is the key word

Re: Crown Bay to STJ Ferry [Re: sail2wind] #131906
06/06/2017 09:04 PM
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Thanks everyone for the feedback. We are in no rush and will take a nice relaxing ride to Red Hook. Looking forward to the trip in a few days.

Re: Crown Bay to STJ Ferry [Re: sail2wind] #131907
06/07/2017 05:40 PM
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Inter Island is dependable. However, it sounds as if they are at odds with the other ferry operators.


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Re: Crown Bay to STJ Ferry [Re: Nutmeg] #131908
06/08/2017 07:41 AM
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Quote
Nutmeg said:
Inter Island is dependable. However, it sounds as if they are at odds with the other ferry operators.


And the cab drivers, and the jewelry stores. God forbid cruise ship passengers should have free will to visit where they want when they want without being fleeced by the taxis.

Re: Crown Bay to STJ Ferry [Re: CaptainJay] #131909
06/08/2017 09:59 AM
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There is an article in the Daily News indicating that Port Authority has closed them down. I will see if I can link it later, but the Daily News makes it difficult.


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Re: Crown Bay to STJ Ferry [Re: Nutmeg] #131910
06/08/2017 12:51 PM
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I tried to read that article and could only see part of it, but the part I was able to read says that legislation passed stated that effective May 31, 2016, there was an exclusive contract with Transportation Services of St. John and Varland Ventures and the new company was issued a cease and desist order.


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Re: Crown Bay to STJ Ferry [Re: Carol_Hill] #131911
06/08/2017 07:38 PM
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Here's the link to the Bill, subsequently revised from a 20 year to a 15 year exclusive franchise (Senators thought US Govt might frown upon USVI granting a 20 year exclusive franchise that is Govt subsidized!)

http://viconsortium.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/liburd-Bill-No-31-0332.pdf

The Bill is very specific to carriage between Redhook and Cruz Bay, and Downtown Charlotte Amalie and Cruz Bay. Crown Bay Marina is a few miles from Downtown Charlotte Amalie. I think Inter Island has a valid claim to fight this.

Re: Crown Bay to STJ Ferry [Re: Carol_Hill] #131912
06/08/2017 08:02 PM
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The Daily News won't let you read the full article on line unless you have a subscription. I don't see it in the Source, but will link it if it shows up. But basically,all the ferry companies are fighting. <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/duel.gif" alt="" />


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