CHRISTIANSTED, St. Croix ---Despite a disappointing winter season
in terms of traffic, V.I. Fast Ferry now offers year-round service
between St. Croix and St. Thomas, according to Kevin Matthews,
operations director for Boston Harbor Cruises, the parent company.
The ferry service uses the 150-passenger MV American Freedom.
It's smaller than the 600-passenger Salacia, which had been used
for the winter service, but is now back in Boston.
"Although our numbers are down, we wanted to go to year-round
service because a lot of our customers indicated they wanted it,"
The 40-mile crossing, offered twice daily, takes approximately
an hour and a half.
Matthews said the ride between the islands is usually smooth,
particularly during the summer when the waters are not very
V.I. Fast Ferry began operations three years ago. Fares are $60
roundtrip for adults; $50 for children from 3 to 12 years old; and
free for kids under 3.