Ferries raft up at Cruz Bay. (Supply picture by Amy H. Roberts)
Passengers aboard ferries put on masks and keep social distancing protocols. (Supply picture by Amy H. Roberts)
Hourly ferry service between Cruz Bay on St. John and Pink Hook on St. Thomas has been restored. The schedule had been reduce considerably since March as ridership dropped in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ferries now run Monday by means of Friday from Pink Hook, St. Thomas, starting at 5:30 a.m. then at 6:30, 7:30 and eight:30 a.m. Beginning at 9 a.m., they depart hourly till eight p.m. The final ferry leaves St. Thomas at 9:30 p.m.
From Cruz Bay, ferries go away hourly on the hour beginning at 6 a.m. and proceed till 10 p.m.
The expanded schedule is a response to the elevated ridership as guests, residents and members of the family return for the vacations, mentioned Delrise Varlack, president of Varlack Ventures. The choice was made collectively by the 2 ferry firms – Varlack Ventures and Transportation Providers – that share the franchise for the St. Thomas to St. John route.
Varlack mentioned that social distancing protocols imposed because the pandemic prohibit the capability on ferries, and the 2 ferry firms will keep in shut communication, probably including extra runs if one ferry fills up earlier than the common departure instances.
The 2 firms every function a ferry with a capability of 200 passengers, which has been minimize to 120 due to social distancing protocols. Throughout busy late afternoon hours, when vacationers arrive from the airports, the ferry firms plan to make use of their bigger vessels.
Varlack’s Enterprise Pleasure, which carries 269 passengers, and Transportation Service’s Caribe Tide, which may maintain 250 passengers, shall be restricted to 160 passengers.
The businesses remind passengers that they must put on masks whereas aboard the ferries.