Starting Friday, December 8th you can once again cruise to the Bahamas. Balearia, the Spanish shipping company, will operate ferry sevice daily (except for Wednesday) and complete the journey from Fort Lauderdale to Grand Bahama in about 2 1/2 hours with calm seas, with passenger fares starting at $49 and first class tickets selling for $90.
The ferry, a 225-foot-long, aluminum-hulled catamaran dubbed Pinar del Rio, will depart from Terminal 1 at Port Everglades at 10 a.m. and arrive in Grand Bahama at 12:30 p.m., and return at 7:30 p.m., taking the same amount of time.
The new service will replace the route run by Discovery Cruise Line for nearly 20 years before the company went out of business in October, said Phil Allen, port director.
Bahamian tourism officials present for the announcement said the service will improve travel to the islands from South Florida and contribute millions in economic impact to the local economy.
Balearia officials said they hope to add a service to Bimini in the near future.
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