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State of ferry serivce form Roadtown #181054
01/17/2019 10:19 PM
01/17/2019 10:19 PM
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South Sound Villa Virgin Gorda
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I need information as to the state of the ferries that run from Roadtown to STT.

Roadtown Fast Ferry
Smiths (do they have any boats? Is it still a company
Ocean Dreams
Native Son

Who is doing the Roadtown to STT runs? How reliable? I am very familiar with the Roadstown to STT runs but not up to the current state of affairs.


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Re: State of ferry serivce form Roadtown [Re: tpcook] #181088
01/18/2019 08:40 AM
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Best get to the dock around 9 am. There have been 9.30/10/ and 10.30 departures. RT Fast Ferry will probably be the 10 but we also saw , and took, InterIsland that used to go to STJ and then Red Hook but now goes to Charlotte Amalie. Rarely see any Smith's boats but Native Son is up and running too.

Re: State of ferry serivce form Roadtown [Re: tpcook] #181092
01/18/2019 09:09 AM
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We are pretty well set for : hotels, st.Thomas, and Road Town, before and after our two week bare boat sailing vacation in may.

Looking at the various ferrys from St. Thomas, to Road Town Round Trip on the computer


NATIVE SUN ( 13:45 * 14:45 * 16:00 hrs ) and ROAD TOWN FAST FERRY ( 08:30 * noon * 16:15 hrs) , seemed the best choices for us.

We do have some questions that you all may be able to help us out with.

1. U.S. Citizens, born and raised, current passports. LAX to STT. then Ferry to Road Town.

FERRY : DO WE HAVE TO CLEAR OUT OF CUSTOMS LEAVING St. Thomas , USVI to BVI ( Road town ) or only check in with Customs at Road Town. Seems the latter since USVI are U.S.

2. AFTER ARRIVAL IN THE U.S.V.I, we are planning on spending a night at OLGA's Fancy Hotel, and catch one of the above ferry's to Road Town. If we do not have to clear customs, we can catch the 08:30 am, ferry.

This is the first time that we have gone thru St. Thomas in all of our years of visits, always flew in from SJU direct to EIS ( beef island, tortola ). DO WE HAVE TO CLEAR AGRICULTURE in St. Thomas when going to BVI.

Any help would be appreciated as to customs procedures leaving USVI ( St. Thomas ) for BVI. We do expect to clear customs entering BVI, and also have heard that there is now an entry fee for BVI. If so, what would that fee be.
No problem, we just want to have the proper exact amount ready to keep life easy, and lines not held up.

Thank you, very much

Denny and Erica

Last edited by captdennyj; 01/18/2019 09:14 AM.
Re: State of ferry serivce form Roadtown [Re: captdennyj] #181097
01/18/2019 09:22 AM
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Originally Posted by captdennyj
We are pretty well set for : hotels, st.Thomas, and Road Town, before and after our two week bare boat sailing vacation in may.

Looking at the various ferrys from St. Thomas, to Road Town Round Trip on the computer


NATIVE SUN ( 13:45 * 14:45 * 16:00 hrs ) and ROAD TOWN FAST FERRY ( 08:30 * noon * 16:15 hrs) , seemed the best choices for us.

We do have some questions that you all may be able to help us out with.

1. U.S. Citizens, born and raised, current passports. LAX to STT. then Ferry to Road Town.

FERRY : DO WE HAVE TO CLEAR OUT OF CUSTOMS LEAVING St. Thomas , USVI to BVI ( Road town ) or only check in with Customs at Road Town. Seems the latter since USVI are U.S.

2. AFTER ARRIVAL IN THE U.S.V.I, we are planning on spending a night at OLGA's Fancy Hotel, and catch one of the above ferry's to Road Town. If we do not have to clear customs, we can catch the 08:30 am, ferry.

This is the first time that we have gone thru St. Thomas in all of our years of visits, always flew in from SJU direct to EIS ( beef island, tortola ). DO WE HAVE TO CLEAR AGRICULTURE in St. Thomas when going to BVI.

Any help would be appreciated as to customs procedures leaving USVI ( St. Thomas ) for BVI. We do expect to clear customs entering BVI, and also have heard that there is now an entry fee for BVI. If so, what would that fee be.
No problem, we just want to have the proper exact amount ready to keep life easy, and lines not held up.

Thank you, very much

Denny and Erica


Leaving STT no customs or agriculture. Get on the ferry and go. You will clear customs in Roadtown.

Re: State of ferry serivce form Roadtown [Re: NCSailor] #181099
01/18/2019 09:27 AM
01/18/2019 09:27 AM
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Originally Posted by NCSailor
Originally Posted by captdennyj
We are pretty well set for : hotels, st.Thomas, and Road Town, before and after our two week bare boat sailing vacation in may.

Looking at the various ferrys from St. Thomas, to Road Town Round Trip on the computer


NATIVE SUN ( 13:45 * 14:45 * 16:00 hrs ) and ROAD TOWN FAST FERRY ( 08:30 * noon * 16:15 hrs) , seemed the best choices for us.

We do have some questions that you all may be able to help us out with.

1. U.S. Citizens, born and raised, current passports. LAX to STT. then Ferry to Road Town.

FERRY : DO WE HAVE TO CLEAR OUT OF CUSTOMS LEAVING St. Thomas , USVI to BVI ( Road town ) or only check in with Customs at Road Town. Seems the latter since USVI are U.S.

2. AFTER ARRIVAL IN THE U.S.V.I, we are planning on spending a night at OLGA's Fancy Hotel, and catch one of the above ferry's to Road Town. If we do not have to clear customs, we can catch the 08:30 am, ferry.

This is the first time that we have gone thru St. Thomas in all of our years of visits, always flew in from SJU direct to EIS ( beef island, tortola ). DO WE HAVE TO CLEAR AGRICULTURE in St. Thomas when going to BVI.

Any help would be appreciated as to customs procedures leaving USVI ( St. Thomas ) for BVI. We do expect to clear customs entering BVI, and also have heard that there is now an entry fee for BVI. If so, what would that fee be.
No problem, we just want to have the proper exact amount ready to keep life easy, and lines not held up.

Thank you, very much

Denny and Erica


Leaving STT no customs or agriculture. Get on the ferry and go. You will clear customs in Roadtown.

What he said.



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Re: State of ferry serivce form Roadtown [Re: tpcook] #181100
01/18/2019 09:27 AM
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No need to clear out of USVI. You must pay an environmental fee entering BVI, $20 I believe.
Coming back, you will have to clear back through customs at ferry dock and at the airport.

Re: State of ferry serivce form Roadtown [Re: tpcook] #181109
01/18/2019 10:33 AM
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Thank you, xray man,

Your info will make our lives a whole lot easier. Also, we are all for helping out the bvi , so no big deal with the enviornmental fee.

Denny and Erica

Re: State of ferry serivce form Roadtown [Re: tpcook] #181118
01/18/2019 11:45 AM
01/18/2019 11:45 AM
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Road Town Fast Ferry, Native Son, Inter Island, and Smith's all have scheduled service. The reliability seems about the same as pre-Irma.

Re: State of ferry serivce form Roadtown [Re: JasonHelmbrecht] #181121
01/18/2019 11:52 AM
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RT Fast Ferry has , by far, the best boats. We also like Inter Island because of their staff..we've had issues with both Native Son and Smith's over the years.

Re: State of ferry serivce form Roadtown [Re: tpcook] #181143
01/18/2019 02:13 PM
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What is Ocean Dreams doing? Is RTFF using the new cats?

Last edited by tpcook; 01/18/2019 02:14 PM.

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Re: State of ferry serivce form Roadtown [Re: Manpot] #181197
01/18/2019 08:57 PM
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I assume Smith's is still servicing VG from RH. Right??

Re: State of ferry serivce form Roadtown [Re: tpcook] #181199
01/18/2019 09:43 PM
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When did Smith's ever service Virgin Gorda from Red Hook?

Re: State of ferry serivce form Roadtown [Re: tpcook] #181219
01/19/2019 09:54 AM
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Only Speedy's serves VG from CA on STT tues and Sat right now. They used to also have thurs service. And they do a great job.


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Re: State of ferry serivce form Roadtown [Re: calsail] #181220
01/19/2019 09:55 AM
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Smith's seems to have no boats. Essentially they are out of business.


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Re: State of ferry serivce form Roadtown [Re: tpcook] #181221
01/19/2019 09:57 AM
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Re: State of ferry serivce form Roadtown [Re: tradewinds] #181232
01/19/2019 11:59 AM
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thats RoadHarbor

Re: State of ferry serivce form Roadtown [Re: Manpot] #181233
01/19/2019 12:01 PM
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Who is servicing VG from Road Harbor?

Re: State of ferry serivce form Roadtown [Re: tpcook] #181238
01/19/2019 12:49 PM
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Re: State of ferry serivce form Roadtown [Re: tpcook] #181260
01/19/2019 07:03 PM
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Originally Posted by tpcook
What is Ocean Dreams doing?


On Friday, Ocean Dreams ran the Smith's 3:30 trip. I think they are still filling in when Smith's needs a bigger boat.


I don't think the new catamarans are servicing St Thomas yet.

Re: State of ferry serivce form Roadtown [Re: tradewinds] #181330
01/20/2019 07:12 PM
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Why Bomba rip?


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Re: State of ferry serivce form Roadtown [Re: warren460] #181339
01/20/2019 09:05 PM
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Bomba Charger, the ferry boat. titanic

Re: State of ferry serivce form Roadtown [Re: tpcook] #181352
01/20/2019 10:40 PM
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Yah, I don’t know how much longer till it’s back in service or sold


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