Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Bahamas Express Ferry Links Florida and the Bahamas With Fast-Ferry Service

The fast ferry, Pinar del Río

The Baleària Group marked a new milestone in travel with a high speed maritime transport service between Fort Lauderdale and Grand Bahama island. The new service, which operates under the Bahamas Express brand, is a firm commitment to the internationalization of the company and also, therefore, to consolidating the company’s growth in the current economic climate.

"The Bahamas Express service provides an important link between South Florida and The Bahamas" said David Johnson, director general of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. "It is an affordable and easily accessible option that appeals to a variety of travelers, particularly families and for those seeking a relaxing and hassle free route to The Bahamas. We look forward to treating guests to our Bahamian hospitality, whether coming for a day or staying for a week."

The fast ferry, Pinar del Río, will operate the new service between Florida and the Bahamas, which undertakes the 76-mile crossing in 2.5 hours. Baleària Bahamas Express operates on a daily basis, except on Wednesdays, departing from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale at 10am and returning to the port at 10:30pm, allowing U.S. passengers to take day trips to Grand Bahama island.

The fast ferry Pinar del Río, which sails at a speed of 32 knots, has a capacity to hold up to 463 passengers. The ship also boasts different services such as a bar-cafeteria, duty-free shopping and tourist class and first class accommodation, among others. The interior will also be decorated with the same graphics, which depict the sea bed and is dominated by bright colors.

President of Baleària Adolfo Utor highlighted the potential of this area of the Caribbean and explained that it complements the routes which the company operates in the Mediterranean. Utor also pointed out that there is a market of more than 200,000 passengers per year on this new route adding that the company is also working on opening another connection to the Bahamian island of Bimini.

For more information please visit www.ferryexpress.com.

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