CHRISTIANSTED, St. Croix --- V.I. Fast Ferry, which earlier this
month launched year-round ferry service between St. Croix and St.
Thomas, has ended its service, at least for the summer season,
according to Kevin Matthews, operations director for Boston Harbor
Cruises, the parent company.
The ferry service had switched to a smaller 150-passenger boat
for the summer service, down from the 600-passenger Salacia which
had been used for winter service, but is now in Boston.
The company cited lack of passenger demand and maintenance
problems with the ferry as reasons for dropping the service.
However, it is expected that V.I. Fast Ferry will resume services
next winter between the two islands.
In other developments, Seaborne Airlines expanded its
inter-island service, adding two round-trip flights a day between
Christiansted, St. Croix, and Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas,
bringing the daily schedule to 17 flights a day, except on Fridays
when there are 19.
In addition, Seaborne offers two daily round trips between
Frederiksted, on the west coast of St. Croix, and Charlotte Amalie.
That service was launched in mid-May.
Omer ErSeluk, Seaborne's chief marketing officer, said the
seaplane line will take delivery of several new aircraft this fall.
Seaborne also serves Old San Juan from the U.S. Virgin Islands.