New Bahamas-Florida High-Speed CAT Service

 

New Bahamas-Florida High-Speed CAT Service

Interferry members Craig Symonette and Mitch McLean organize new service.
 
Bahamas Florida Express announced the launch of a new high-speed passenger ferry service to bring visitors to Grand Bahama Island from Port Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) with a quick, tourism-friendly schedule and pricing 40 percent below airlines. Beginning Nov. 1, the new CAT departs Port Everglades daily at 4 p.m. for the two-hour trip and returns from Grand Bahama Island at 9:30 a.m.
 
Chartered from established high-speed Canadian ferry operator Bay Ferries ö which has operated daily trips from Maine to Nova Scotia between May and October since 1998 ö the IncatöTasmania built cataramaran arrives on Grand Bahama Island at the end of October. Bahamas Florida Express is a completely separate venture from past high-speed ferry services that have operated in the Bahamas.
 
ãFor the first time, travelers from around the world can arrive in Ft. Lauderdale by air or automobile and make it to Grand Bahama Island on the same day in time for dinner,ä said George Bradley, vice president and chief marketing officer, Bahamas Florida Express.
 
Seats aboard the High-Speed Ferry range from $129-189 round-trip, per person (plus port charges and taxes) with a 40 percent discount for children ages 3-17 from Nov. 1öDec. 18. Traveling at a speed of 42 knots, the 98-meter vessel transports up to 900 passengers.
 
ãThe new CAT brings more of the Bahamian islands to travelers,ä said Bradley. ãWe can now compete with destinations such as Jamaica and the U.S. Virgin Islands, making the Bahamas more of a seven-to-ten night vacation destination.ä
 
In addition to the daily service to Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas Florida Express is pursuing the possibility of several trips per week to Nassau. Also in the works are ãFun Dayä fares, dipping as low as $99 round-trip, per person and discount packages with select hotels.
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
GEORGE BRADLEY
VICE PRESIDENT & CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
BAHAMAS FLORIDA EXPRESS
954.803-3144

GEORGEBRADLEYJR@HOTMAIL.COM