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No other choice on Sunday

Sitting outside is very hot, windy and the spray does come over the side. The engines are very... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
raymondd51
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
All VI ferries get you there, but you have to know what to expect

First of all. All reviews of anything in the Virgin Islands from before Hurricane Irma in 2017 are... read more

Reviewed February 6, 2020
N1806ZCtonya
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Great Neck, New York
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Reviewed February 27, 2020

Bomber Charger has been totally redone inside and out. The old Eastern Airline seats are gone and the new ones are great. Left on time for Tortola.

Date of experience: February 2020
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Reviewed February 6, 2020

First of all. All reviews of anything in the Virgin Islands from before Hurricane Irma in 2017 are meaningless and you should ignore them. So much was destroyed and rebuilt a year later that anything before January of 2019 is categorically out of date. So ignore the pictures here of the Boomba Charger. I believe that boat is no more. The Dream Speed we travelled on this week was brand new, super fast, and comfortable.

Now you have to understand that the timing is, as someone else said, "Island time". They are often 10-20 minutes late to leave. On the ferries between St. Thomas and Tortola it will take 20-50 minutes to get luggage off and clear customs. Remember this is an international border. Luggage is sequestered from people until you pass border control. If you understand that and leave time to catch your return flight, you will not be frustrated. This applies to all ferry services. Not just Smith's

Next you have to plan where you want to disembark. Road Town is the bigger harbor. There is a town there. Most of the boat charters leave from there. If, however, you are staying on the West End, getting off there will save you about an hour (the extra 20 minutes of travel and another 25 minutes driving back). If you are day tripping, you probably want Road Town so you can see the shops and get a taxi to the beaches at Cane Garden Bay. If you couldn't care less about buying an overpriced T-shirt and another piece of island trinkets, the more interesting option is to land on the West End and go to the beach at Smuggler's Cove. It is more rugged and has far fewer amenities, but it is not overrun with day visitors from the cruise ships.

Date of experience: February 2020
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Reviewed January 16, 2020 via mobile

The Ferries from St. John to Tortola are not running due to customs need to rebuild their facility. With that said, you will need to go to St. Thomas to then catch the ferry to Tortola. There is no financial break as you will pay for both trips.
Getting direct answers was difficult and the phones are not always manned during business hours.
Do your homework in advance and give yourself time for travel.

Date of experience: January 2020
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Reviewed December 22, 2019 via mobile

Leave a little extra time if you're catching a flight. This ferry runs on island time. The staff would not allow a couple to disembark prior to unloading the luggage in order to catch their flight. Otherwise, safe and comfortable ride.

Date of experience: December 2019
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Reviewed October 2, 2019

Took Smith’s “Ocean Dreams” from St. Thomas to Tortola, last ferry of the day on a Thursday. Did not book in advance and had no problems with getting tickets. Beware the ferry building ticket area can get a little crazy—not a very large area for the number of people that pass through. The good news is that the waiting area is large enough. Departed a bit late but somehow arrived on time—must have a cushion built into the schedule. Reasonable ride, reasonably clean boat. Appreciated the availability of beverages on board for purchase, but they were not the coldest. Slow Immigration/customs at the Tortola end (only one window) but fortunately most of the passengers were natives so we didn’t have to wait too long. Total crazy outside the ferry building getting to our pre-arranged taxi—not nearly enough space for the volume of people. Overall, gets the job done.

Date of experience: June 2019
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