UPDATED Friday: The St. John Source reports a $1.10 "fuel surcharge" will be added to the $5 ticket price for ferry runs between St. Thomas and St. John beginning July 6. The companies are also reducing service and raising the luggage fee 50 cents for runs from Cruz Bay to Charlotte Amalie. Read the Source story at http://www.onepaper.com/stjohnvi/?v=d&i=&s=News:Local&p=1212899436
An attorney for the two franchised ferry companies issued a statement last week saying the companies are being torpedoed by rising fuel costs. They want to boost ticket prices $2 and reduce service, according to the report by the Virgin Islands Daily News. Read it here: http://www.virginislandsdailynews.com/index.pl/article_home?id=17625758.)
When you add on the baggage charge that the companies also make, it could cost you $9, per person, each way across Pillsbury Sound. Naturally, this only makes St. John a more expensive destination especially for families.
The Daily News characterized the companies’ demand as “frantic,” and the Public Service Commission sounded a sympathetic tone in announcing it may consider the request at a meeting this week.
The companies’ attorney, Claudette Ferron, said their goal is to maintain a schedule which most benefits residents, according to the St. John DSource. They propose to eliminate the 8 p.m. and 10 p.m, Red Hook and reduce Cruz Bay to Charlotte Amalie schedule to three trips a day, morning, noon, and night – which will mean visitors with planes to catch may well end up spending more downtime on St. Thomas, waiting for flights to depart