Airline, ferry create speedy Virgin Islands link By Gay Nagle Myers / March 16, 2004 Share 1 -- eaborne Airlines, based in St. Croix, and the Road Town Fast Ferry, based in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, launched the Road Town Connection package, which offers a roundtrip connection between St. Croix and Tortola for $150. Seaborne's chief marketing officer, Omer ErSelcuk, said the two-hour connection includes a Seaborne flight from St. Croix to St. Thomas and a 50-minute ferry ride to Road Town.Departures from St. Croix are at 7:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 3 p.m.; return trips leave Tortola at 7 a.m., 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.Seaborne plans to extend the program to Old San Juan later this month. For details, visit www.seaborneairlines.com.• • •Chris Sharpless, former program director for the Caribbean Hotel Association Charitable Trust, joined Rockwell Tours in Hollywood, Fla., as director of business development.• • •St. James's Club, Morgan Bay in St. Lucia offers two free nights when seven are booked for stays through April 1.The starting rate of $975 per person represents a discount of 30% off rack rates. Rates include meals, drinks, entertainment, water sports, taxes, service charges and tips. For reservations, call (800) 345-0356.• • •Alex Andrade was named general manager of the 240-room Wyndham Old San Juan Hotel & Casino. Andrade was general manager of the Hyatt Cancun Caribe & Resort Villas in Mexico.• • •Sunswept Resorts in Grenada and St. Lucia are offering a Preferred Travel Agents program with three booking incentives. SunSwept Resorts operates BodyHoliday at LeSport and Rendezvous in St. Lucia and LaSource in Grenada.Bookings through Nov. 30 in specific room categories earn clients an upgrade, subject to availability. In addition, agents receive $100 for each seven-night, double-occupancy booking before Nov. 30 at any of the three properties. Agents receive $50 for each seven-night, single-occupancy booking at BodyHoliday or LaSource. Retailers must register to qualify for the incentives; call (800) 544-2883 for details.• • •Melia Caribe Tropical on Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, added 40 one- and two-bedroom suites along the links of Cocotal Golf & Country Club's 27-hole championship course. To book, call (800) 336-3542.• • •Grand Lido Negril in Jamaica opened the Munasan Japanese restaurant, the sixth restaurant at the all-inclusive resort.• • •To celebrate its 48 new luxury suites, Pelican Bay at Lucaya on Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas, offers the fourth night free when three are booked and travel is completed by April 30. Agent commission is 20%. For details, visit http://pelicanbayhotel.com.• • •New air service to Nassau, includes weekend flights on American Eagle from Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and on US Airways from Boston. US Airways also added a Saturday flight from New York's LaGuardia. Hooters Air has four flights a week from Atlanta; Baltimore; Columbus, Ohio; and Newark through its Myrtle Beach, S.C., hub. Continental launched daily service from Houston to Nassau on March 3.• • •Air Jamaica increased its nonstop service to Grenada from New York's Kennedy from two to three times a week. The southbound flights depart Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The carrier also added a fourth weekly flight on Thursdays to Bonaire from Montego Bay, Jamaica.• • •Island Outpost's new Web site -- which is at its old address, www.islandoutpost.com -- features "a true representation of what each of our nine resorts has to offer," according to owner Chris Blackwell.The site appeals to "our flip-flop, laptop clientele," Blackwell said. The site showcases an individual page for each resort with location, directions, room details and rate and package information.• • •Caribbean Sun launched nonstop daily flights between St. Thomas, U.S.V.I., and Antigua on March 1. The carrier services Puerto Rico from Antigua and will offer service between Puerto Rico and St. Vincent "very soon," according to chief operating officer Paul Moreira.• • •Curtain Bluff resort in Antigua, which will extend its summer season through July 24, offers a Family Discovery Special.From May 9 through July 24, guests who book a deluxe room or a junior suite will receive 50% off the rate for an adjoining room. Rates for a deluxe room are $495 per night, double, and $695 for a junior suite; prices cover all meals, bar drinks and activities. Children between the ages of 2 and 5 who share a room with their parents are charged $65 per night. For those age 5 and over, the nightly rate is $140.For reservations and information, call (888) 289-9898 or visit www.curtainbluff.com.• • •The 32-room Inn at Robert's Grove in southern Belize has a seven-night package during the peak periods for whale shark sightings. The plan is available April 2 to 15; May 1 to 14; and May 31 to June 12.Priced from $2,055 per person, double, in April and May and from $1,829 in June, the package includes all meals, accommodations, three days of whale-shark diving, two days of reef diving, all gear, transfers, taxes, service charges and dive-chamber insurance. For details, visit www.robertsgrove.com.• • •David Shields has been named to the new position of deputy director of tourism marketing for the Jamaica Tourist Board. The appointment marks the completion of a major phase of the board's operational restructuring begun last October, according to Paul Pennicook, director of tourism.Meanwhile, Expedia's private-label booking engine, WWTE, began powering the tourist board's Web site at www.visitjamaica.com, enabling consumers to book air, car, hotel and destination services.• • •SuperClubs moved its annual naked nuptials at Hedonism III in Runaway Bay, Jamaica, to June 23, a month long favored for weddings.Packages start at $1,014 per couple, land only, and require a three-night minimum stay. The plan covers the marriage license, flowers, music, minister and the services of an on-site wedding coordinator. Government fees of $150 for marriages and $100 for vow renewals are additional.To book, call (800) GO-SUPER, Ext. NUDE.• • •The seven-night Snorkel into Paradise package at Ocean Club Resorts in Turks and Caicos includes a three-hour snorkeling cruise with stops at Iguana Island and Sand Dollar Island.The plan includes accommodations, three meal and drink certificates per person, a rum punch party, a $25 on-site gift certificate, transfers, taxes and facility fees.Rates, valid through Dec. 18, begin at $894 per person, double, for a studio suite. For information or reservations, call (800) 457-8787 or visit www.oceanclubresorts.com.• • •The third annual Cayman Islands Tourism Exchange will take place April 21 to 24 at the Grand Cayman Marriott.For information, contact the Cayman Islands Tourism Association at (345) 949-8522.• • •The 111-room Hawksbill Beach Resort Antigua converted to an all-inclusive property, upgraded its facilities and introduced yoga and massage programs. The resort has four private beaches including -- or, should we say, excluding -- one of the only clothing-optional beaches in Antigua.Nightly rates start at $300 per room, double, through mid-April. For details, visit www.hawksbill.com.• • •Bucuti Beach Resort in Aruba expects to complete its Tara Suites this month. The oceanfront units will be located within the new Tara Wing located along the resort's private beach. For more information, visit www.bucuti.com.• • •The eighth annual Bonaire Dive Festival has been expanded to two weeks this year, June 5 to 19.Activities also have been added, such as a food and cultural festival, dives with local guides, underwater photography workshops, a restaurant tour, a fashion show of the latest divewear, a beach barbecue and parties at many of the island's hotels.For details, call (800) BONAIRE or visit www.infobonaire.com.To contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.