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Road Town Fast Ferry
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed July 2, 2013

They DO NOT leave on time. Be prepared to leave on an earlier ferry than you might believe. But the ferry was fine. Bring reading material if going from St. Thomas to Tortola. It's a ride.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank mamaof2Colorado
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Denver, Colorado
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Very accommodating - nothing fancy”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

Our trip from St. Thomas to the BVI was uneventful, though choppy because of rough seas/weather. As another reviewer mentioned, this is a fast ferry - nothing fancy. The taxi driver that picked us up in Road Town did warn us that RTFF was having some issues regarding their boats and to make sure we call the day before our return to verify that boats back to St. Thomas were running as scheduled. All was well except that when we got there the next day, the ferry was already full (to another reviewer's point, I believe they were using a smaller ferry than usual). The folks at RTFF were very accommodating in that they arranged for a cab to Soper's Hole for us to pick up another ferry (which did have to go through St. John first), and they arranged a cab from the pier in St. Thomas to the airport. This was at no additional cost to us (as would be expected). While we were a bit inconvenienced, we were able to make our flight out of St. Thomas on time and we appreciated their being able to work with another ferry company to get us to the airport on time.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank Ana K
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101 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“That picture is not the "Fast Ferry" it is NS1 - Native Son.”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

The June 13th photo saying it is NEW is actually NOT the Tortola Fast Ferry service, it is a Native Son Boat. Totally different operator. When a boat has a breakdown, the other operators fill in so you make your schedule eventually. Anytime you use a ferry for transportation you have to expect there could be delays. Never book a ferry based on the exact schedule if you are catching a plane. That;s just the way travel is.

Visited November 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Think Water Bus”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

Right to the point. This is a fast, no frills experience that is use as much by the locals as the tourists. Don't expect anything fancy. This is a bus on the water and nothing more.

Visited May 2013
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Glenwood Springs, Colorado
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Road Town Fast Ferry...not always”
Reviewed June 27, 2013

Took a ferry service from St. Thomas to Tortola over 12 years ago and not much has changed since my trip last week with my husband, 9 yr old & 11yr old. I have used Smith's (Bomba Charger), Road Town Fast Ferry Catamaran (counter #4) and Speedy's (monohull). I have to say no matter what service you use it can all change on a moments notice...the company, the boat, departure time etc., each company also has a few different boats and they advertise pictures of their best boat (none of which I ever saw). If the seas are light You will have no problem, but in heavy seas ALL the boats are uncomfortable and quite frankly, the ride can be terrifying. I have had more bad rides than good. Best ride was Speedy's, worst on Smith's boat the Bomba Charger and Road Town Fast Ferry's (green catamaran) broke down 1/2 way to Tortola in 6ft seas.
1. Plan on this trip taking over an hour in any vessel.
2. Departure and arrival times vary due to weather, boat maintenance etc. leave extra time on both ends!
3. At the dock choose your transporter carefully by asking who is nonstop and which boat they are using but even this changes, as we bought RT tickets on the high speed cat and took it to Tortola but on the return a week later the cat company informed us that they would honor our tix but we would be going back to St. Thomas with another company on a smaller boat and not on the cat.
4. Basically, in my experience this is a 50/50 trip in that you either hate the experience or you were satisfied. I have never met anyone who "enjoyed" the ferry ride to Tortola.
5. I think all these companies are about the same and safety/comfort does not seem to be a priority. Someone with a captain's license could make some good $$ in the ferry business by investing in a clean, well maintained boat that is a cut above these 3rd world floating coffins.

Bottom Line: aim for figuring out who is operating the best boat at the time and book with that company, but it's still a crap shoot...

Visited June 2013
2 Thank CObeachgurl
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