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Before You Travel | How to Get There | Check In/Check Out | What's On Board | What to Bring | Health & Safety | License

This page provides useful planning, pre-departure and travel information. From servicing airports to base arrival procedures, it will tell you what to expect to make your vacation smooth and care free. 

We suggest you read the following information carefully several weeks prior to departure and also print a copy to take with you.

COVID-19 Travel Guidelines

We are happy to announce that our marina in St. Thomas is now open.

While the US Virgin Islands have opened their borders for travelers once again certain Policies and Procedures will need to be followed when entering the country, before, and during your stay there. Please stay informed and follow all requirements to have a pleasant charter experience.

COVID-19 Testing Sites
The new CDC and Prevention travel requirements related to COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States DO NOT apply to persons traveling/returning from the USVI to the U.S. mainland. The new requirements, which go into effect on January 26, 2021 DO apply to passengers arriving in the United States from a foreign country. A foreign country means anywhere that is NOT a state, territory or possession of the United States. The existing testing requirements for passengers traveling to the U.S. Virgin islands from the United States remain the same. Visit www.usviupdate.com for more details.
 

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Before You Travel

Address 
Marina at Yacht Haven Grande
5304 Yacht Haven Grande
Charlotte Amalie
St. Thomas, USVI 00802

General Information
Area: 31.24 sq miles
Population:  51,634  
Capital city:  Charlotte Amalie  
People:  African descent (75%), White (13%), Asian (2%), Mixed (4%), Other (6%)
Language:  English (76%), Spanish (17%)
Religion:  Baptist, Roman Catholic, Episcopalian
Government:  Organized, unincorporated territory of the USA
Major industries:  tourism, offshore banking and fishing
Tipping:  15-20% anywhere is generally accepted if it has not already been included
Currency:  The Local currency is the United States Dollar (USD)
Electricity:  The voltage used is 110-120 Volts (Same as U.S./Canada)
Time:  UTC/GMT -4 hours.

Festivals & holidays
New Years Day: January 1
Three Kings’ Day: January 6
Transfer Day: March 31
Good Friday
Easter Monday
Children’s Carnival and Grand Carnival Parades: Last weekend in April
Emancipation Day: July 3
Liberty Day: November 1
Christmas Day and Second Day (Boxing Day): December 25 & 26

All standard United States public holidays are observed.

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How to Get There

Airport 
Cyril E. King Airport (CEKA)
No. 70 Lindbergh Bay
St. Thomas, USVI
 

Note: The airport (STT) is approximately 4 miles east of the capital city, Charlotte Amalie. It is located on the southwestern side of St. Thomas.
There are many non-stop and connecting services from the US mainland to St. Thomas. Most flights connect in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Flights on inter-island carriers can be made from San Juan to St. Thomas and between other islands as well. Your Moorings Vacation Planning Specialist can assist you with flight arrangements.

  • Air Sunshine
  • American Airlines
  • Cape Air
  • Delta Airlines
  • JetBlue
  • Seaborne Airlines
  • Spirit Airlines
  • Sun Country Airlines
  • United Airlines

Flights
Due to the number of flights we organize, the Moorings can offer some great rates to many destinations. Please make sure you contact our inhouse flight specialist at 866.649.2003 before you book your flights.

Private Charter Flights
Through our partnership with a number of reputable airlines The Moorings can arrange private charter flights to St. Thomas and any other of our Caribbean destinations. Contact our in-house flight specialist at 866.649.2003 for more details.

Transfers 
Taxis are readily available from the airport to the marina location you have selected for your St. Thomas yacht charter.

Car Rentals
If you plan to spend more time ashore in St. Thomas either before or after your yacht charter, renting a car is a great way to see the whole island at your own pace. St. Thomas has several different rental agencies to choose from.

Rental agencies are conveniently located at the airport, in Charlotte Amalie and at large hotels.

Discount Car Rental: 1-877-478-2833 or 1-340-776-4858
Budget Car Rental: 1-800-626-4516 or 1-340-776-5774 – www.budget.com
Premium Car Rental/Economy Rent A Car: 1-340-774-1977
L&L Jeep Rental St. Thomas: 1-340-774-4889
Dependable Car Rental: 1-800-522-3076 or 1-340-774-2253

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Check In/Check Out

Check In Procedures
Charter Start Time: All charters start at 12:00 noon.

Late Arrivals 
If arriving after hours, a message will be left on the front door indicating the location of your boat.

Check Out Procedures

Charter End Time: All charters end at 10:00am at which time the boat must be returned and ready for debriefing and checks.

A debriefing and final walkthrough will be done upon return so please allow enough time to complete this before the charter end time.

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What's on Board

Provisioning

The Moorings Provisioning
If you book a Moorings Crewed Yacht charter, all of your food and beverages are included (alcohol too)! Your gourmet Chef will prepare delicious meals, snacks and drinks that are customized for your dietary needs and preferences.

After reserving your yacht, we will provide you with a Cuisine and Beverage Preferences Form, where you may indicate the personalized selections for all guests. This assists your gourmet Chef in preparing dishes and drinks customized for everyone to enjoy. Speak with your Moorings Vacation Planning Specialist for details.

If you would like any additional provisions or personal items while you are aboard your Crewed Yacht, your crew will help you identify a shop in the area to suit your needs

If you are taking out a bareboat charter, provisioning will not be available to order online. However, there are several grocery options close to the base including: Natural Food Grocery and Deli, Pueblo Supermarket, and The Fruit Bowl.

Mobile phones 
Your cell phone may work in the Caribbean, check with your service provider before leaving home, for international services. No phone rentals are available.

Music/iPods 
While most of our newer boats have Bluetooth capability, we cannot guarantee all boats are outfitted with this equipment. For your convenience, we highly recommend you bring an AUX cord so you can listen to music from your mobile devices.

Electricity
The United States (Canada and BVI too) uses 110 - 120 volts AC (60 cycles), compared to 220 to 240 volts AC (50 cycles) in most of Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Downward converters that change 220-240 volts to 110-120 volts are difficult to find in the United States, so bring one with you.

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What to Bring

Customs & Immigration
Entry, exit, and visa requirements depend on the locations you are departing from and traveling to. You are responsible for having the correct documents so make sure to check with the consulate of the countries you plan to visit before you travel. Visit travel.state.gov for the latest information.

Cruising Licenses
A cruising license is not required. A complimentary "Friendly Skipper" is not available in this destination. You may request a Skipper for an additional charge when booking your charter.

Passports, Visas & International Travel Regulations
U.S. citizens are not required to have passports or proof of citizenship when ENTERING the U.S. Virgin Islands from a U.S. airport. All arrivals to the U.S. Virgin Islands from foreign airports are required to show proof of citizenship and pass through customs. All persons leaving the U.S. Virgin Islands, whether American citizens or not, must be prepared to show proof of citizenship upon leaving the islands to return to the mainland.

Accepted documents for Proof of Citizenship for Americans: 1. A passport issued under competent authority, 2. An Alien Registration Card (this applies to United States of America permanent residents only) 3. A certified copy of a birth certificate and government issued photo identification like a driver's license 4. A Certificate of Naturalization, issued by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service.

For international travelers - Citizens of any country other than the United States should follow U.S. travel regulations and requirements for entry into the United States. Be sure to check with your local Embassy for the most up-to-date Travel Requirements when visiting the U.S.,  U.S. Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands.

IMPORTANT: A B1/B2 VISA is required for non-American citizens to cruise The US or Spanish Virgin Island waters. If you plan to explore the USVI or Spanish Virgin Islands, please make sure you have the appropriate VISA requirements.

Luggage & Packing List
Soft-sided luggage or duffel bags are best, as luggage storage space on your yacht may be limited. We have no facilities for holding luggage at the base. Pack lightly and review our suggested packing list for required and necessary items to bring.

  • Pack essential prescription medicine and change of clothing in a carry-on bag*
  • Passport and other travel documentation
  • Tickets and paper confirmations for pre-planned activities
  • Snorkeling mask and snorkel
  • Light-colored, light-weight clothing
  • Formal wear for upscale dining establishments
  • Swimwear and cover up
  • Hats and sunglasses
  • Sandals and flip-flops
  • Athletic shoes and hiking boots
  • Travel-sized toiletries and hygiene products
  • Insect repellent and OTC pain relievers/ointments
  • AUX cable for playing music through your device

  • 12V DC to 110V AC power inverter (for boats without generators**)

  • 12V to USB power adapter for charging mobile devices

*We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do.

**All boats include a 12V DC outlet (a "car" outlet). Boats with generators have 110V outlets in the Caribbean and 220V in the Mediterranean and Exotic locations.

Currency
In the US Virgin Islands, the local currency is the United States Dollar (USD).
US Dollars, US travelers checks, and credit cards likes Visa and MasterCard are also widely accepted.

Gratuity
15-20% anywhere is generally accepted if it has not already been included.

Taxes & Fees
The only local tax is an 12.5% surcharge added to all hotel rates.

Tourist Information Center
Charlotte Amalie Visitor’s Center
Tolbod Gade, Charlotte Amile, US Virgin Islands 00801
Tel: 1-800-372-8784
Web: www.visitusvi.com

We highly recommend bringing enough of the local currency to cover these costs as they are not always payable by USD, debit, and/or credit cards. Please see our Base Notes for additional information.

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Health & Safety

Vaccination and Immunization Information
Inoculations or vaccinations are not required for entry into the United States, unless you're arriving from an area known to be suffering from an epidemic (particularly cholera or yellow fever). At time of publication, an International Vaccination Certificate is not mandatory.

Clients wanting more information on vaccinations and immunizations should contact: The Centers for Disease Control's International Travelers' Hotline in the USA at 404-639-3534. Detailed traveler's advice on traveling abroad can also be found at www.cdc.gov/travel/index.htm. This website is in English.

Visit cdc.gov for the latest information.

Travel Advice  
Your health and safety are important to us. For advice on how to stay safe while on charter, please review our Travel Advice InformationCurrent travel and safety information can be obtained by visiting travel.state.gov

Swim Safe
For your safety and for environmental reasons, the feeding of fish is not recommended and may be prohibited in some destinations.

Travel Insurance
The Moorings offers comprehensive travel insurance for your peace of mind. If you have your own travel insurance, verify that it covers the destinations and activities of your Moorings vacation.

Safety
All yachts are equipped with adult life jackets and harnesses, we leave it up to you to decide when personal safety equipment should be worn.

If you have your own children’s life jacket we would encourage you to bring it along to ensure a proper fit for your child. Children under the age of 16yrs should not operate an outboard engine and should be supervised at all times when in the dinghy.

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*Please note country entry/exit and vaccination/immunization requirements can and do change. The Moorings is not accountable for these requirement changes and we advise visiting the destination's authority website to receive the latest updates.

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