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STT/STJ Car Ferry Rush Hour?

 
violincora
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We are moving there Aug 10th, and I was wondering if there is a time of day to AVOID catching the ferry from St Thomas to St John? I know they are short ferries right now and we want to avoid a super long wait after a grueling flight from the west coast with a dog in tow. Is there a rush hour?

Our flight lands at 1:00pm and after stopping to buy dog food, we should make it to Red Hook in our rental car by 2:30 or 3.

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Topic starter Posted : July 19, 2016 11:44 pm
Alana33
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With only 2 ferries presently in service there may be a wait....it's been very difficult for 2 barges to absorb the daily traffic that 4 used to provide.
Hopefully, by August 10th, there may be a 3rd in service but you'll just have to find out when you get to the dock. Good luck.

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Posted : July 19, 2016 11:51 pm
OldTart
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We're now in slow season. Several visitors on another travel forum recently reported (in the last week) that (a) their flights arrived around 1PM mid week, they picked up their rental cars, drove to Red Hook and got on the 2PM barge with no problem; and (b) flight arrival 2PM, stopped to shop, had a 15 minute wait at Red Hook and were on the next barge at 4PM. The third barge has come out of dry dock/annual maintenance so there are now (or will be imminently) three barges running. I've not read or heard of any unusual delays.

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Posted : July 20, 2016 9:45 am
piaa
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I took the car ferry from STJ and back yesterday - going over all good but coming back we waited 1 hour 35 minutes (I guess not bad considering) There is only one ferry running (the Captain Vic) for cars plus the smaller one that is being used for commercial vehicles only (and if they have any space left they will allow a few cars to go on as well) and FYI when the General comes back the Vic is going out of service as it needs a new ramp so we will be back to 1 plus 1 for commercial vehicles.

Pia

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Posted : July 20, 2016 10:21 am
OldTart
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Thanks for the update, Piaa. Just curious but did you make a reservation? Seems that that's working out quite well for visitors as reserved vehicles are pulled ahead of those without.

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Posted : July 20, 2016 10:48 am
Alana33
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Back down to one barge today.
I called to inquire and was told:
Reservations for Love City's, Capt. Vic must be made 72 hours in advance.
You can go to their website and click the "book now" button.

http://www.lovecitycarferries.com/book-now.html

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Posted : July 20, 2016 1:07 pm
violincora
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I can't thank you all enough! What a hot mess, huh? Hopefully they figure it out soon. It can't be easy on the contractors, sewer, and garbage people I'm assuming?

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Topic starter Posted : July 21, 2016 11:45 pm
Alana33
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Everyone!

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Posted : July 21, 2016 11:47 pm
AandA2VI
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Reservations for the ferry?! That's pretty cool!

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Posted : July 24, 2016 4:04 am
Alana33
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Back down to one barge today.

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Posted : July 25, 2016 6:30 pm
OldTart
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There has been one barge for the last three or four days. I called Love City over the weekend and they advised the barge currently out should be back in service early this week.

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Posted : July 25, 2016 6:34 pm
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