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.

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