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    St. Lucia Ferry

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    Anybody use the St. Lucia ferry from Roseau before? I am thinking about booking my flight back to the rock from St. Lucia since it's cheaper and I can get a direct flight home. I just have to figure out the prices of the ferry (round trip), and whether or not immigration would give me a hard time since I wouldn't have a flight leaving from dominica.
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    I don't know if St. Lucia is implicated in what's going on, but we just got this email -

    This warden message is an update to the previous message issued on February 10, 2009. This message is intended to advise U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Guadeloupe AND Martinique, French West Indies (FWI)that ongoing labor strikes in the region may affect social, economic and tourist services.

    Due to ongoing labor strikes, riot police from mainland France are now stationed in Martinique and Guadeloupe. Most commercial activities have ceased, and there are mounting shortages of food, water, and power on both islands. It is possible that these strikes will spread to other French overseas departments, specifically French Guyana and Réunion.

    In Martinique, strikes and large-scale street protests continue. Gas stations, stores, the port, and banks remain closed. There are continuing interruptions in power and rapidly dwindling water and food supplies.

    In Guadeloupe there are reports of increasing tensions, with armed gangs blockading routes and targeting residents and tourists. The government is reportedly mobilizing the police and Armed Forces to cope with the possibility of severe civil unrest in the coming week.

    American citizens in both Guadeloupe and Martinique are encouraged to monitor media reports, avoid large crowds, and follow all official instructions. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possible escalate into violence. U.S. citizens should stay current with media coverage of local events and be aware of their surroundings at all times.
    Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Embassy’s website: http://bridgetown.usembassy.gov , and the U.S. Department of State's, Bureau of Consular Affairs’ website www.travel.state.gov. U.S. citizens should remain in contact with friends and family in the United States with updates about their whereabouts. The U.S. Embassy will continue to monitor the situation, and will issue updated messages as needed.
    For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit of the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section, located at Wildey Business Park, Wildey, St. Michael, Barbados; telephone (246)227-4000; ACS unit fax (246)431-0179; e-mail [email protected]; web page http://bridgetown.usembassy.gov.
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    I'd be wary of deviating from the norm right now.

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    yeah, I just read the email. Looks like its going to lonnnnng brutal flight back to the rock, with multiple connections and LIAT.....awesome

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    ...and the French think Americans are idiots.
    Good luck.

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    from the dept. of the painfully obvious..... make sure you don't check any baggage you want to come with you.

    Also verify airport info re: St. Lucia.... there are two airports, a smaller one on the north side of the island (which is close to where the ferry comes in), and then there's the larger airport on the southern part of the island (which is nowhere near the ferry).

    The ferry may seem convenient, but when you factor in possible overnight stays in St. Lucia (pricey island), minibus transport all over the island (depending on where you hop), and possible problems in immigration, hassles tend to multiply. I also took the ferry over Christmas, which was akin to jumping into Lord of the Flies when they started putting pigs' heads on sticks..... Anyway, avoid if possible, and give yourself plenty of time.

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