Austin “Babe” Monsanto Marine Terminal
The Austin "Babe" Monsanto Marine Terminal, located in Crown Bay, is one of two cruise ship ports in St. Thomas. It has two docks, which can accommodate three cruise ships simultaneously.
The main dock has two berths. The south side of the dock is 940 feet in length with a draft of 37 feet, and the north side of the dock is 940 feet in length with a draft of 28 feet. The adjoining dock is 435 feet in length with a draft of 27 feet. There is also a smaller excursion dock used by tour vessels at this facility. The excursion dock is 15 feet wide by 220 feet long. Vessels can obtain access to the Crown Bay Cruise Ship Port through the East Gregerie and the West Gregerie channels. Potable water, telephone and taxi services are available at this site.
In an effort to meet the demands of the cruise lines who are building larger ships with more passengers, the Port Authority invested $28 million in 2003 to develop the Crown Bay Center – an upscale commercial mall that offers dining, shopping and other entertainment venues that can be enjoyed by visitors and residents alike. Construction of the mall and main cruise ship pier expansion were completed in July 2006.
This facility was named in honor of Austin Monsanto by Legislature of the Virgin Islands via Act No. 6935. [An Act honoring Austin “Babe” Monsanto for his contributions to the Virgin Islands community and naming “The Crown Marine Terminal” in his honor.]
Austin "Babe" Monsanto Marine Terminal