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Alana33
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New ferries in service, at last!

Went over to stj, earlier and the new ferries were operational.
Very new, clean and nice. Why they need all the tv's, when the views out of the oversized windows are so gorgeous, I don't know.
The volume on the tv's were so loud, you couldn't really hear the captain's talk with regard to safety and location of life vests, etc.
I saw him on my return trip as I was boarding and mentioned it and
he did mute the sound so he could be heard.

It was pretty calm today and the ride over was a bit bouncy, more so that I would have anticipated given the conditions. It'll be interesting to see how these boats handle rougher seas in Pillsbury sound during winter months on the upwind trip over to stj.

I also wonder how the clothe fabric seat covers will hold up over time.
They're pretty nice now.
Fares: locals $6, tourists $7, seniors $1.50 each way

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Topic starter Posted : October 24, 2014 9:16 pm
Scubadoo
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$6 from Red Hook?

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Posted : October 25, 2014 1:43 am
Alana33
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Yes. Those are fares from red hook to cruz bay.

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Topic starter Posted : October 25, 2014 1:48 am
ms411
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I went over on Thur. New ferry going to STJ, old ferry at 4 for return. I don't think new ferries can handle the volume.

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Posted : October 25, 2014 7:05 am
Alana33
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We were herded on to one of the old boats for the return trip but then told to move over to the new one prior to departure so got to ride the new one, both ways. The ferry was full each trip. Much smoother ride on down sea return to red hook.

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Topic starter Posted : October 25, 2014 7:55 am
stjohnjulie
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Only one of the new boats is running. I forgot to note which one…. Went over to STT yesterday on the 9, back on the noon, old ferries ran both of those routes. Not sure what the hold up is on the other ferry, but since they are operated by separate companies, I would suspect that one of them doesn't have something finalized.

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Posted : October 25, 2014 9:19 am
speee1dy
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too bad we dont have one, would be nice to do an overnight in stt.
glad you were not on the ferry that ran afoul with the sailboat

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Posted : October 25, 2014 10:04 am
Alana33
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Cruz Bay 1 operated by Transportation Services is running.
Red Hook 1 operated by Varlack Ventures is not yet in service, for whatever reason.

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Topic starter Posted : October 25, 2014 12:33 pm
crazyinca
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Has anybody heard if the ferry will come to STX?

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Posted : October 25, 2014 12:51 pm
CruzanIron
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These new ones will not come to STX. They can't handle the trip.
A ferry large enough is just too expensive to operate and there aren't
enough passengers to make it profitable. Business is business.

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Posted : October 25, 2014 8:15 pm
ms411
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I usually go to St Croix on the special ferries that run for popular events like Ag Fair, carnival, etc. Candidates sometimes sponsor boats to increase supporters. You can do anything you want once you get there, just don't miss the boat.

There should be a ferry running for St Thomas' carnival. You have to listen to the radio for the announcements or call the St John ferry operators. I frequently go to PR on the special ferry trips watching downloaded videos along the way. Best and cheapest way to do rainforest and bio bay.

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Posted : October 25, 2014 8:32 pm
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