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Wojo in NC
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I tried the search function but I didn't have much luck finding the info I was looking for. I am relocating to St Thomas in August. How do most locals get to the other islands, such as Puerto Rico or St Croix? Are their sea planes that will make the trip? If so, what's the average ticket price?

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Topic starter Posted : May 10, 2016 12:57 am
Scubadoo
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Seaborne Airlines flies both island hopper and seaplane between STX and STT. They also fly island hopper to STX to PR. Check out their web site for rates.

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Posted : May 10, 2016 3:07 am
Alana33
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Seaborne isn't the only airlines that flies to PR and STX as well as other islands.
There are ferries between STT, STJ and BVI and soon, one between STX and STT.

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Posted : May 10, 2016 3:29 am
ms411
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Almost every month there's a boat that goes to PR. You ueually have to watch newspaper for dates. Many of the people go to shop for large items that are costly to ship like tvs, appliances, and roosters.

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Posted : May 10, 2016 7:36 am
Alana33
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We have a plentiful supply of roosters, ms411!;)

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Posted : May 10, 2016 9:43 am
ms411
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Some people don't think so!

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Posted : May 10, 2016 10:28 am
OldTart
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Roosters are "large items that are costly to ship"? I remember years back reading about prepubescent girls in PR developing breasts due to growth hormones absorbed through eating local fowl raised on large amounts of them. Must have really got out of control.

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Posted : May 10, 2016 10:33 am
ms411
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Ha, ha, ha, OT. Too lazy to write 2 sentences! I have also been on the boat from St Croix where people were bringing back fowl from Ag Fair. Thank goodness for headphones.

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Posted : May 10, 2016 10:56 am
speee1dy
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when we fly to puerto rico for medical reasons we pay about 150.00 per person round trip-on seaborne, might just be the fare for our insurance? not really sure.

right now, plane is the only way to get around. supposedly the ferry is going in the water today? not sure of their schedule

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Posted : May 10, 2016 11:05 am
OldTart
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Yes, the new ferry is due to go into the water today for sea trials prior to beginning service mid June.

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Posted : May 10, 2016 11:36 am
Alana33
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They supposedly launched at 10AM this morning from Salt River for sea trials.
It's a 103 ft. and can carry up to 50 passengers with a unique 4 hull design.

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Posted : May 10, 2016 1:21 pm
AandA2VI
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Still confused why people would pay $100 for 2 hour the ferry when you can get tickets on the seaplane, 20 min flight for $78. I have never spent more than $78 to fly between STX and STT.

Do we have an over/under on timeframe that is gets damaged... 3 months - into the docks is my guess. Its pretty cool looking.

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Posted : May 12, 2016 4:00 am
ms411
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You can't always get those $78 rt tickets when you want/need to go. Another main reason is because people bring bulk items back - like chickens. You can't bring those on the plane. People who have merchandise to sell can bring it over on the ferry.

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Posted : May 12, 2016 8:53 am
OldTart
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Not sure what's not to understand. As said, that airfare isn't available all the time and some people actually enjoy a ride on the water. I'm so looking forward to finally returning to STX and enjoying the ride on the new ferry.

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Posted : May 12, 2016 9:47 am
speee1dy
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i used the old ferry back in the day and loved it. would like to do another trip to stt on the ferry.

another thing, if you have to go to stt for surgery because thats where your dr performs surgery-should be easier getting back by ferry depending on the surgery.

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Posted : May 12, 2016 10:53 am
Alana33
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Not sure I'd want a long, bumpy boat ride after surgery and I'm a sailor and love boats. Think a 20 minute Seaplane ride would be more suitable on that occasion.

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Posted : May 12, 2016 11:22 am
OldTart
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Not sure I'd want a long, bumpy boat ride after surgery and I'm a sailor and love boats. Think a 20 minute Seaplane ride would be more suitable on that occasion.

It remains to be seen whether the boat ride will be "bumpy" as the whole point of the design was to eliminate that scourge which affected the previous "hand me downs". From all accounts it seems that the prototype passed all its extensive sea trials with flying colors (and even flying can be bumpy!).

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Posted : May 12, 2016 12:09 pm
Alana33
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I was being specific to the situation of traveling after surgery.
20 minutes vs 2 hours travel time is a no brainer, IMO.
I've done a fair amount of sailing and fishing between STT and STX.
It can get darned gnarly out there.

That being said, I'm aware the design is meant to offer a smoother ride than past vessels nicknamed "vomit comets" that have plied the waters between our islands.

Looking forward to hearing and seeing more of its performance.
Glad that there will be an alternative mode of traveling between islands.
Hope they'll have an excellent captain that knows his stuff and where all reefs
and islands are located!;)

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Posted : May 12, 2016 12:31 pm
speee1dy
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might be able to be wheeled directly into the boat where on a plane you would have to walk up stairs-depending on the surgery, this might not be a good idea.

i just think it would be easier to get on and off a boat than a small seaplane. if you have had knee or hip surgery, would be easier

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Posted : May 12, 2016 1:25 pm
Alana33
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That's true.
Hadn't thought of that.

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Posted : May 12, 2016 1:39 pm
Scubadoo
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I'd guess they will allow pets on the boat as well besides chickens for those that might want to take Fido on the trip with them.

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Posted : May 13, 2016 2:17 am
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