For those of you who follow us over on Facebook, you may have seen the post we shared this weekend about Caneel Bay. Well it received such an intense reaction over there and also on a few other Facebook pages that we thought we should share it with all of you. Here’s what’s going on…
A few weeks back, we received an email from a longtime St. John charter boat captain (one who is not connected to NOSJ in any way). He mentioned how Caneel decided it would start charging the majority of charter boats a $250 usage fee for using its dock. (A bit of background – the Westin has been doing the same sort of thing for quite some time.) So we reached out to Caneel and here is what Nikolay Hotze, Managing Director of Caneel, had to say:
“Due to recent circumstances, we have initiated a new policy regarding usage of our private dock, as a result we have implemented a $250.00 dockage fee for all vessels. This payment is between the vessel operator and Caneel Bay; we will not bill our guests at any time for this usage.
As always, we welcome visitors on boats and those aboard dinghy’s complimentary use of our dock when visiting our restaurants, public facilities or while enjoying any of the services provided by Caneel Bay.”
I then asked Caneel if it was true that a few select boats had been chosen to contract with Caneel, thus not having to pay the fee.
Caneel said, “We have contracted with several of the charter boats which we currently work with on a regular basis.”
From what we heard, we’re pretty certain that Caneel contracted with a charter boat out of St. Thomas. If that’s the case, we don’t think it’s a good move.
What do you all think? Is Caneel in the right? Do you think that since it’s their dock, they can charge anything they’d like? Do you think they should have chosen a St. John charter to contract with? Please let us know in the comments section.