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specialk
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Start tomorrow! Fingers crossed. (tu)

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Topic starter Posted : June 7, 2016 12:24 am
Bombi
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I wonder if they need volunteer passengers?

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Posted : June 7, 2016 1:01 am
vicanuck
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I have my fingers crossed too!

I'm hoping the ferry gives Seaborne a wake up call and they reduce fares on the seaplane route. Seaborne laid off 40 employee a week or two ago and is in deep financial trouble again. And momma Puerto Rico won't be there to bail them out this time.

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Posted : June 7, 2016 11:16 am
stxsailor
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Seaborne needs to go away....

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Posted : June 7, 2016 11:17 am
OldTart
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Why?

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Posted : June 7, 2016 11:28 am
Alana33
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I quite enjoyed flying on Seaborne the times that I have, including transporting my pup to PR for surgery.

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Posted : June 7, 2016 12:35 pm
stxsailor
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I enjoyed them as well, but they grew too fast and were/are mismanaged.They are cancelling left right and center at the airport, not enough pilots, passengers are constantly stranded The Dominica SJU flight was delayed 10 hours the other day and is a common occurance. The seaplane is good though.

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Posted : June 7, 2016 1:02 pm
lescooper
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Anyone know where the new ferry is currently docked? Will be on St Croix tomorrow for a couple weeks and would like to check it out.

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Posted : June 7, 2016 1:10 pm
CruzanIron
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Anyone know where the new ferry is currently docked? Will be on St Croix tomorrow for a couple weeks and would like to check it out.

I would expect maybe Salt River Marina.

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Posted : June 7, 2016 2:17 pm
singlefin
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I used to connect from Delta and Jetblue over to Seabourne. Never had an issue. More comfortable ride and far better luggage capacity than Cape Air anyday of the week.

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Posted : June 7, 2016 4:18 pm
STTsailor
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It's Jet Blue for me. I don't like Seaborne at all.

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Posted : June 7, 2016 7:23 pm
specialk
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Anyone know where the new ferry is currently docked? Will be on St Croix tomorrow for a couple weeks and would like to check it out.

I would expect maybe Salt River Marina.

That is correct. It'll be kept there until it's ready to go into service.

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Topic starter Posted : June 7, 2016 10:30 pm
lescooper
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Thanks for Salt River marina location. We'll definitely check out the ferry while we're there.

Once operating, I would think that it will dock at Gallows Bay pier. From our Schooner Bay condo, we'll be able to watch it come and go from our gallery. And, just a short walk down the hill to board.

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Posted : June 8, 2016 12:40 am
AandA2VI
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Idk what all the fuss is about. RT from STX to STT for $79 every time for me on seaplane. I prefer seaplane for free parking. My STJ friends are coming over for $150 RT for both this weekend. The flights on seaborne are so short anywyas, who cares if it's a little cramped? It's 20 min lol!! I guess once you've done a 17hr flight - the inter islands are nothing at all. I actually really enjoy the seaplane and especially since they fly so low I can dive same day. I do often get picked to fly copilot. That's fun too.

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Posted : June 8, 2016 2:46 am
Scubadoo
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They let you steer the plane?:D

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Posted : June 8, 2016 3:46 am
rotorhead
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Idk what all the fuss is about. RT from STX to STT for $79 every time for me on seaplane. I prefer seaplane for free parking. My STJ friends are coming over for $150 RT for both this weekend. The flights on seaborne are so short anywyas, who cares if it's a little cramped? It's 20 min lol!! I guess once you've done a 17hr flight - the inter islands are nothing at all. I actually really enjoy the seaplane and especially since they fly so low I can dive same day. I do often get picked to fly copilot. That's fun too.

How do you get picked for copilot when the aircraft which Seaborne flies both require TWO pilots? Are they flying with only one pilot?

http://www.seaborneairlines.com/about-us/fleet/

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Posted : June 8, 2016 4:21 am
Spartygrad95
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The end of this thread has warmed the cockles of my heart.

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Posted : June 8, 2016 8:19 am
ms411
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Once when our group was looking to book, the STX to STT was much cheaper than STT to STX. You seem to be the only one consistently getting those lower fares. It's cheaper to go to PR so I just go there instead.

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Posted : June 8, 2016 8:48 am
Matt T
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I'm not sure what's different about the regulations for the aircraft's, but I have flown in copilot seat on Cape Air and Sea Flight many times and its an awesome seat! Never seen anyone who is not a Seaborne pilot fly in copilot seat on Seaplane though.

I agree, I wish the ferry ticket could be brought down in price a bit more. While you can find those $79 one way ticket prices on Seaborne from time to time, you can fly on Sea Flight for $79 one way all day every day, that rate does not change. Plus they are very friendly and their operation harks back to the days when air travel was more relaxed and personalized. Nice plane with A/C too!

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Posted : June 8, 2016 10:07 am
Alana33
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Just because you sit in the co-pilot seat, doesn't mean you get to fly the plane or touch the controls.

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Posted : June 8, 2016 11:07 am
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AandA2VI
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Your right, seaplane has two pilots, It was from the airport a couple times, not seaplane. sorry. And of course I didn't touch anything!!

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Posted : June 8, 2016 1:03 pm
AandA2VI
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I'm not sure what's different about the regulations for the aircraft's, but I have flown in copilot seat on Cape Air and Sea Flight many times and its an awesome seat! Never seen anyone who is not a Seaborne pilot fly in copilot seat on Seaplane though.

I agree, I wish the ferry ticket could be brought down in price a bit more. While you can find those $79 one way ticket prices on Seaborne from time to time, you can fly on Sea Flight for $79 one way all day every day, that rate does not change. Plus they are very friendly and their operation harks back to the days when air travel was more relaxed and personalized. Nice plane with A/C too!

$79 is round trip. I've never flown for any more than that - been back half dozen times last year.

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Posted : June 8, 2016 1:07 pm
Alana33
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Nice.

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Posted : June 8, 2016 1:08 pm
AandA2VI
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Once when our group was looking to book, the STX to STT was much cheaper than STT to STX. You seem to be the only one consistently getting those lower fares. It's cheaper to go to PR so I just go there instead.

My friends from STJ got the same deal. Seaplane. Will be here tomorrow. Idk why people have such a hard finding them. I don't book last minute maybe that's why? Usually a couple to a few weeks out, maybe we've just gotten lucky every time? Seems unlikely. I also get seabornes emails and I have an alert for that flight on sky scanner.

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Posted : June 8, 2016 1:20 pm
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