Today’s story is going to be rather short and sweet. All I want to say is that the new Crown Bay ferry is great!
I was finally able to take the ferry earlier this month, and it was such a nice experience. For those of you unfamiliar with the ferry service here, we now have three options for traveling between the islands. 1. We have the regular Red Hook to Cruz Bay ferry that leaves every hour on the hour from 6 a.m. to midnight. 2. We have the car barge that transports vehicles back and forth, although I do not recommend this for tourists visiting the island. 3. We have the new Crown Bay ferry.
The Crown Bay ferry has limited runs, so your schedule has to work with its. It travels between the Creek in Cruz Bay and the Crown Bay Marina on St. Thomas four times a day. The ferry leaves from Cruz Bay daily at 11 a.m. and at 4:15 p.m. It leaves from the Crown Bay Marina in St. Thomas daily at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. (The Creek is the area in front of the National Park Visitor’s Center in Cruz Bay.)
The ferry ride is about 35-40 minutes. When I took it earlier this month, we left a few minutes before 11 a.m. and my friend and I were ordering beers at Tickles (a bar/restaurant) at Crown Bay by 11:30 a.m. We downed two rather quickly (don’t judge! haha), grabbed a nearby taxi and were at the airport by noon. This is the same time we would have arrived if we had taken the regular Red Hook ferry and then taken the taxi ride across the island.
What I personally loved about the Crown Bay ferry is the fact that I did not have to take the long taxi ride across the island. The roads are steep and windy, and this little blogger gets a tad nauseous by that, so I will skip it any day of the week! The staff on the boat was also great. And the best part, there were taxis waiting for us at Crown Bay, so the whole process is just so simple and relaxing.
The cost is a tad more, but worth it in my opinion. I paid $25 for a one-way ticket with one piece of luggage. The taxi ride was either $6 or $8. Sorry I can’t remember the exact price… I blame those two Coronoas I had!
We have heard that a few of the taxi drivers are trying to sway people from taking the ferry when leaving the airport. Just be adamant that it is where you need a ride to, and they will take you.
So, if you want to take the ferry from St. John, make sure to arrive a bit early. I arrived about 15 minutes before it was scheduled to leave. You can enter the gates across from Cool Breeze Car Rental and the ticket office is to your right. If you want to take it from St. Thomas, get a taxi to the Crown Bay Marina. The boat leaves from the dock near Tickles.
The Crown Bay ferry is operated by Inter Island Boat Services. Click here to visit their website.