Love City Car Ferries, Inc is Operational
The storm has passed without any major impact on the Virgin Islands. After their assessments, the United States Coast Guard opened the USVI ports on Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 9 AM. Subsequently, we resumed our service the same day with a limited schedule. However, as of Monday, August 24, 2020, we are back to business as usual and we are operating our regular post pandemic schedule. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email us or give us a call at 340-779-4000. Thank you for your patronage and we look forward to seeing you on board!
Update on our fleet: Love City Car Ferries, Inc. owns 3 car ferries in the Virgin Islands, M/V Capt Vic, M/V Island Vic and M/V Grand Vic. As many of you may already know, the M/V Island Vic was destroyed in the storms. Minor repairs on this vessel is currently being done. Major repairs will require the vessel to be moved to a shipyard. The good news is that that M/V Capt Vic is finally at dry-dock for its bi-annual inspection.
The M/V Grand Vic is fully operational and therefore available for your transportation needs between St. Thomas and St. John. Please keep in mind that we only operate the Vic branded ferries, which are black and white vessels . If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact us at 340-779-4000. For more information, please revisit the original fleet update post: Fleet Update. Thanks for your patience and understanding.
M/V Grand Vic is Available for your Transportation Needs Between St. Thomas and St. John, US Virgin Islands
Update on our fleet: Love City Car Ferries, Inc. operates 3 car ferries in the Virgin Islands, M/V Capt Vic, M/V Island Vic and M/V Grand Vic. As many of you may already know, the M/V Island Vic was destroyed in the storms. She is not fixed yet because we used her insurance money as seed money for the building of the Grand Vic. Island Vic will be refurbished as soon as we can fully recoup financially.
You may be wondering, however, what's up with the Capt Vic. That vessel worked tirelessly after the storm and is still a viable vessel for operation. However, we've paid Subbase Dry-dock our deposit since November of 2018 for her bi-annual dry-docking and we are still waiting our turn. Apparently they have a big project going on and we are next in line. Until then, we prefer not to harass Capt Vic too much. We believe she needs some tender loving care, which leaves the M/V Grand Vic.
Grand Vic is available for your transportation needs between St. Thomas and St. John. Please keep in mind that we only operate the Vic branded ferries, which are black and white vessels . If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact us at 340-779-4000 during our office hours of Mondays to Fridays between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. We look forward to seeing you on board the M/V Grand Vic.
Reminder: Love City Car Ferries, Inc operates the Vic branded black and white car ferries. If the vessel does not have Vic in its name, you have boarded another company’s vessel. We do not operate all the car ferries in the Virgin Islands. Keep our brand in mind if you desire to do business with us. Thanks for your time and have a wonderful day.
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How long is the ride?
The ride is 20-30 minutes, depending on the weather, etc. During this time, you'll enjoy the short cruise, the cool trade winds and the beautiful panoramic views of Pillsbury Sound, the waterway that separates St. Thomas and St. John, are hypnotic.
Do we need to make a reservation?
No, there are 35 available spots on one ferry and 20 spots on the other. Individuals with tickets have guaranteed spots, those without are served on a first come first served basis.
Do we need to stay in the car?
No, you may exit your vehicle and walk around on the main deck or travel to the second deck and or passenger lounge depending on which vessel you are on.
Is there a separate charge for passengers?
No, the cost includes passengers.
How do I find the dock?
Click here for more information regarding directions.
If I have a reservation, what should I do when I arrive?
Your spot is reserved as long as you are in the gate before departure time. You must check in by informing a member of the crew. Read more here.
If I miss my reservation, can I still use my ticket?
Your spot is reserved as long as you are in the gate before departure time but if you miss your reservation, your ticket will still be honored on the next available Love City Car Ferries, Inc ferry.
On February 2, 2019, the Virgin Islands Daily News ran the article "Should Car Ferries Be Regulated?". We were curious as to what our customers thought. So, we conducted an unofficial FaceBook poll asking, "Should there be additional regulations by the VI Government for the car ferry industry?". This question gave us the opportunity to see what our most engaged customers thought about this issue. 74% said no additional regulation while only 24% said yes.
Car ferries in the Virgin Islands have a responsibility to answer to various local and federal government agencies, such as: The United States Coast Guard, Army Corp of Engineers, Virgin Islands Port Authority, Department of Transportation, NOAA, United States Department of Commerce, OSHA, etc. Responding to and complying with the requirements of these various agencies takes time, attention, and dedication. Each of them do what is necessary to ensure that we are safe and compliant with the law. Adding another agency would not improve our efficiency, effectiveness or responsiveness to customer issues. It would in fact have an adverse effect. We are hoping we can continue our service with no additional regulations.
Revised and Reposted from June 16, 2016
Open Letter to all Customers
We apologize for any inconvenience you have/had experienced in your attempt to catch a car ferry between St. Thomas and St. John, Virgin Islands, wherein Love City Car Ferries, Inc via the M/V Capt Vic was your service provider. We are doing our utmost to accommodate everyone. However, currently we are the only car ferry service in operation and at such times the lines are long which results in frustration, especially when someone was allowed to jump the line.
Before delving into the issue of jumping the line, please keep the following in mind when catching a car ferry during times of high congestion:
While we are here to accommodate everyone, please keep the following in mind:
Hence, if you are in the line and someone jumps the line in front of you, please know that we do not value them more than you. Instead there are other factors that demand us to allow said customer to take priority.
During this time of increase congestion on the dock, we are continually reminded of our motto “A Heart for the People.” As it guides us, we hope it will guide our customers, as well, in knowing that we appreciate each and every one of you and that we will do our utmost to ensure that we serve everyone to the best of our ability.
Employees of Love City Car Ferries, Inc are, for the most part, on board the vessel. Our employees wear blue shirts. Individuals on the dock are agents of Virgin Islands Port Authority. They are the ones who line you up as you wait for the vessels; they are also the ones in the toll booth. We can not control their process nor their procedures. Please keep this in mind as you consider whether or not we have provided good service; as we are noticing negative feedback based on their actions that has nothing to do with us.
Love City Car Ferries, Inc operates the M/V Capt Vic. We are not the operators of all car ferries in the Virgin Islands. Instead we are known to operate ferries under the Vic brand, Island Vic and soon to come Grand Vic. If the vessel you are on does not have Vic in its name, then it’s not one of ours.
We aim to please. Thanks for your patronage.
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How do you catch a car ferry in the United States Virgin islands? It is easier than you think. Below are 5 simple tips that can help you.
Wishing you and your loved ones all the blessings of Christmas and the holiday season and peace and prosperity for the New Year.
Love City Car Ferries, Inc.
Happy Valentine's Day from our family to yours. No matter how busy we get, we ought to say a special thank you to that special someone in our lives. Hope your day is special and memorable. Remember that St. John is the island of love so feel free to visit soon and let us know if you need any assistance with your booking. Have a wonderful day!
Merry Christmas to One and All
This has been an eventful year in the car ferry industry in the United States Virgin Islands. We have had and continue to have our trials. Nevertheless, we are thankful and grateful to you our customers, vendors, and patrons.
We at Love City Car Ferries, Inc. continue to do what is necessary to serve you to the best of our ability. If we have fallen short, our sincerest apologies, it is never our intent to displease you in any way. As the year draws to a close, feel free to stay in contact with us by emailing, calling (340-779-4000), or sending us a message on social media. We can be found on Twitter @VICarFerry, Facebook, and Instagram. Let us know how we can help.
We wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Thank you for connecting with us. We appreciate you! You are awesome! You are the Best! We love you! God Bless.......
Do I need to stay in my car when I ride Love City Car Ferries' vessels?
When you come on board the M/V Capt Vic or the M/V Island Vic, you will first park your vehicle. Then we ask that you seek out the cashier, before exiting the vehicle, in order to pay for the service you are about to receive. You do not, however, have to stay in your vehicle during the duration of the car ferry ride. Both vessels have a lounge where you can sit and relax. The M/V Island Vic's passenger seating is larger than the M/V Capt Vic's. Either way the choice is yours.
There is so much to see as you traverse Pillsbury Sound, the waterway that separates St. Thomas and St. John. In addition to observing the beautiful turquoise Caribbean waters you might just spot a dolphin and other beautiful sea creatures. Also, the birds are always flying about the vessel and are a great back drop to photographs, not to mention the sunsets and sunrises are picturesque. In addition, pay attention to the smaller cays such as Lovango, Congo, Mingo, Grassy and Thatch Cays which are to the north. While on the south you can find Great and Little St. James, Dog Island and Dog Rocks. Where else can you find such natural beauty? So, while you are free to stay in your car, you are also free to exit it and enjoy the scenery.
Disclaimer: For your own safety we ask that you follow the directives of the crew and the directions of any posted signage.
Inspection was Yesterday and the Capt Vic is back on the run today, Thursday, June 30, 2016
Yesterday was hectic for everyone, with M/V Capt. Vic having to go through its regularly scheduled annual United States Coast Guard Inspection. As a result, the vessel was down for most of the day. However we worked closely with the Coast Guard and thankfully the vessel is in full service today.
We understand that without the M/V Capt Vic, the congestion, especially in Red Hook was horrendous. Today is going to be different because both the M/V Capt Vic and the M/V Island Vic are operational and will be able to handle the flow of traffic.
Thanks for your understanding and see you on board.
Satellite Images of Red Hook, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
At times it can be confusing when trying to find the departure terminal for car ferries going to St. John from Red Hook, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. These satellite images can help. Take a closer look before you begin your adventure to Red Hook.
The following are noteworthy:
1. Passenger and car ferry departures are both in Red Hook.
2. Passengers leave from the Urman Victor Fredericks Marine Facility
3. Big landmarks in Red Hook that are helpful in finding the car ferry dock are the American Yacht Harbor and the pond. Red Hook Road runs by both of these landmarks.
4. Red Hook Road is route 32.
5. If you are coming from Smith Bay you will pass the pond on your left and the car ferry entrance will be your first left after the pond.
This being said, just use your intuition, and any devices such as maps, etc. Also don't be afraid to ask questions. Once you are in Red Hook, it is almost impossible to miss the departure terminals to St. John. We look forward to seeing you on board.