Ferry to STX
Does any one hear any thing about if we getting the ferry back from st Thomas to STX ... .maybe some day?
Highly doubtful. Insolvent government so no money available for required subsidies to run the service. Seaplane service from downtown STX to downtown STT will likely be discontinued by Seaborne in the near future too now that they are running the Saabs from the airport.
Seaborne has stated numerous times that the seaplane service is here to stay. The Saabs only run 3x daily.
Seaborne has said a lot of things and will continue to say whatever is convenient to their marketing plan at the moment. Just look at all the wonderful things they said when they announced the move to Puerto Rico. Mostly lies. Ask anyone who used to work for them on STX and is now out of a job. Ask any STX vendor who sold to them and doesn't now.
The offers they made to existing staff to make the move were totally inadequate. My guess is the seaplane service will be gone within a year. They need the capital to expand to other more profitable islands. Gary Foss, the CEO used to run American Eagle. Besides, the majority shareholder is the Government of Puerto Rico who hates the VI with a passion.
As far as ferries coming to STX, not going to happen. No money available for subsidies as stated previously. The ferry from STX to STT cannot sustain itself as already shown by past performance.
The Federal (American Recovery Act) monies that public works got for ferries were for two new STJ-STT ferries, one STX-STT ferry, and several water taxis for STT. They claim this will all happen. Now with the STJ ferries delivered in November and are still docked in Subbase, I wonder if the others will get off the ground as this administration is coming to an end and will the next one follow through? A multi-million dollar question.
What I remember is that Seaborne lost their landing rights/ or terminal facility in the harbor when San Juan expanded their cruise ship docking facilities.
It was convenient location if you were headed for Old San Juan.
The only issue I every had with the route was that if you didn't have a direct flight from Old San Juan to STX and went via STT it took almost two hours.