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," Matthews said.

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 choppy.

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.

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