Some may wonder “well isn’t catching a car ferry in the Virgin Islands similar to catching it anywhere else?” Yes and no. Yes, like any place else, you can make a reservation or book online. Give us a call at 340-779-4000 or book online at http://www.lovecitycarferries.com/book-now.html. If you call, our receptionists will help you. If you choose not to book, not a problem, the M/V Capt. Vic departs from St. Thomas to St. John at 7 AM, 9 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM, 5 PM, and 7 PM.
The true differences arise once you are on island. Firstly if you are coming from the continental USA, you will have to get accustomed to driving on the left. It is not as bad you may anticipate. Driving is driving left or right, just follow the cars ahead of you and stay in your lane when you are making a turn. Also, we have this thing in the Virgin Islands call island time so don’t be too perturbed if someone stops in the middle of the road to talk to a friend. It happens. Trust me; they won’t be in a hurry no matter how much you blow your horn. Make sure to plan your route with possible delays in mind.
There are numerous ways to get from the airport in St. Thomas to the Red Hook terminal facility. Here is one, click and scroll to the bottom of the page: http://www.lovecitycarferries.com/contact-us.html.
Once you arrive in Red Hook, St. Thomas there are just a few more things to get accustomed to that may differ from catching a car ferry elsewhere. In the Virgin Islands you have to pay fees at the terminal in Red Hook before you can access the departure docks. The fees are collected by the Virgin Islands Port Authority http://www.viport.com/. This fine agency is keeping our ports safe and secure so please pay attention to their rules and regulations.
The M/V Capt. Vic is a black and white car ferry and the crew wears blue tops. If you bought a ticket it is important that you make sure you board the correct vessel. The trip to St. John is about 25 minutes to 30 minutes long. Get your camera ready. Pillsbury Sound, the waterway separating St. Thomas from St. John is picturesque. Enjoy this short cruise and most of all enjoy your stay in the Virgin Islands.