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Monday, August 15, 2022


Sept. 5, 2001 — It’s official. Boston Harbor Cruises announced Wednesday that it will return to the territory this winter with its fast-ferry service between St. Croix and St. Thomas.
The company’s high-speed catamaran will begin service in mid- to late-November and run through May, said Kevin Matthews, Boston Harbor’s operations director. The service will run seven days a week and will depart and arrive at the Edward Wilmouth Blyden Terminal on the Charlotte Amalie waterfront and the Gallows Bay dock in Christiansted. The company’s Internet website has yet to post fare information. But a release issued by Boston Harbor Cruises lists a round-trip fare for a local adult resident at $60, $35 one-way. A round trip for local seniors, 65 and older; and children 3 to 12, is $55 and $50 respectively, $30 and $27 one-way. Children under three years old are free.
Fares are $75 round trip, $42 one-way, for non-resident adults and $65, $37 one-way, for non-resident children 3 to 12.
Matthews said the trip will take about 75 minutes each way on the $10 million, 270-seat vessel Salacia, which is capable of speeds of up to 45 miles per hour.
Along with Boston Harbor Cruises, which conducted a month-long trial run earlier this year, St. Croix-based Crucian Express Inc. is set to begin running its Norwegian-built fast ferry on a year-round basis Dec. 1. Crucian Express will run its so-far-unnamed 140-foot, 200-passenger catamaran twice a day Monday through Friday and three trips a day Friday through Sunday. Tickets will be $50 round trip for the approximately hour-and-a-half crossing, according to Crucian Express management.

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