Travel Babble

111615-travel-upgradesVisitors to St. John will be pleased to see upgrades to the Cyril E. King international airport on St. Thomas (airport code STT), the Red Hook ferry terminal on St. Thomas, and the actual ferries that takes people back and forth to St. John. At the airport the big changes have been to baggage claim, which now houses a larger bar and restaurant, free rum samples, and manned car rental and excursion booths. The taxi ride from the airport to Red Hook hasn’t changed much, still $11/person and $3/bag one-way, in a van ride that takes 30-45 minutes. The Red Hook ferry terminal has improved much from years ago when it was just a small freestanding wood booth. They still only take cash, but thankfully the ATM is usually working. The ferry terminal also houses a small convenience store, WIFI, bathrooms, and a restaurant/bar, in addition to signs that clearly display the schedule and prices. Purchase your ticket to Cruz Bay for $7 (one-way), plus $4 per bag, and board the next ferry, which leaves Red Hook at 6:30am, 7:30am, then at the top of every hour until 11pm. The ferries themselves have been significantly upgraded, with plush seats, air-conditioning, and a flat screen TV that used to play movies until someone in charge realized it was a 15-minute trip. Even without the movies, it’s a pretty sweet sweat-free ride over to St. John. Come aboard!