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

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 holiday 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.

Before You Travel

American Yacht Harbour – At Red Hook
6100 Red Hook Quarters #2
St Thomas, USVI 00802
Web: www.igy-americanyachtharbor.com

Time Zone
UTC/GMT -4 hours

General Information
Area: 31.24 sq miles
Population: 51,634  
Capital city: Charlote 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
Three Kings’ Day: January 6
Transfer Day: March 31
Children’s Carnival and Grand Carnival Parades: Last weekend in April
Organic Act Day: June 20
Emancipation Day: July 3
Hurricane Supplication Day: July 25
Hurricane Thanksgiving Day: October 17
Liberty Day: November 1
Christmas Second Day (Boxing Day): December 26
All standard United States public holidays are observed.

Movable public holidays
New Years Day: January 1
Hamilton Lavity Stoutt Holiday (in lieu of March 7th): March 4
Commonwealth Day: March 11
Good Friday: March 29
Easter Monday: April 1
Whit Monday: May 20
Sovereign’s Day (Queen’s Birthday): June 8

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How to Get There

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

Note: The airport 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 Sa Juan to St Thomas and between other islands as well. Your Moorings Holiday Planner can assist you with flight arrangements.

Due to the number of flights we organise, the Moorings can offer some great rates to many destinations. Please make sure you contact our inhouse flight specialist at 033 0332 1513* before you book your flights.

  • Air Sunshine
  • American Airlines
  • American Eagle
  • Cape Air
  • Continental Airlines
  • Delta Airlines
  • LIAT
  • Seaborne Airlines
  • Spirit Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • US Airways
  • Vieques Air Link

Taxi service available from the airport to the marina location you have selected for your St Thomas Crewed Yacht Charter.

Car Rentals
If you plan to spend more time ashore in St Thomas either before or after your Crewed 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
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. 

All skippers must attend a Chart Briefing which covers all you need to know about the cruising area, use of the VHF radio, how to call for assistance, and more. A Boat Briefing will also be provided onboard your yacht.

Late Arrivals 
If arriving after hours, a message will be left on the front door indicating the location of your boat. The Chart Briefing and Boat Briefing will be held the following morning prior to departure.

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

Moorings Care packages are included on every yacht. These packages contain some of the basics to get you started for your holiday. 

Please note online provisioning is not available for this destination. There are supermarkets available nearby for all your other provisioning needs. Please visit our Base Guide page for details.

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

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.

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

Wi-Fi Service is available at the marina. Complimentary Wi-Fi service is also available aboard your Crewed Yacht.

For more information on what's included on your yacht, please view the full list here for Bareboat Charters or here for Crewed Charters.

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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 Licences
A cruising licence 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
  • Light-coloured, 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.

Taxes & Fees
You might incur some costs while on charter such as mooring and docking fees or cruising taxes. 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 Guide for additional information.

Security Deposit
A security deposit must be paid at the base by Visa or Master Card and is refundable at the end of your charter subject to there being no loss or damage. To significantly decrease your security deposit, purchase our Yacht Damage Waiver insurance ahead of time.

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Health & Safety

Vaccination and Immunisation Information
This destination is generally risk-free of contagious disease.

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. Visit cdc.gov for the latest information.

For foreign travel advice see https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

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

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 holiday.

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 life jackets for your children we encourage you to bring them along to ensure a proper fit. Children under the age of 16 years may 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/immunisation 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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