While the popularity of Bahama yacht charters has increased in recent years, the availability of reasonably-priced airfare to the island nation has stymied many a potential luxury yacht charter customer. Flights from South Florida to the Bahamas are often more expensive than coast to coast flights across the United States.
Fortunately a new alternative to traveling to and from the Bahamas has been unveiled.
On December 16th, Balèaria Bahamas Express introduced inaugural high speed ferry service between Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) and Freeport (Grand Bahama).
The 74 meter ferry Pinar del Rio cruises at 32 knots and can make the 76 mile crossing in 2.5 hours.
The service runs daily, except on Wednesday, with a convenient schedule that allows passengers from the USA to return on the same day after spending the day on Grand Bahama Island.
Pricing starts at $49.50 per person, one way, with first class seating available for $90 per person each way, plus local taxes.
Spanish-based Balèaria specializes in the transportation of people in the Mediterranean. With nearly 1000 employees and 15 ships in operation, the company ferried almost 3 million passengers in 2010.
The company is also working on establishing service from South Florida to Bimini in 2012.
To book your ferry ticket from Ft. Lauderdale to Grand Bahama online, visit the Balearic Bahamas Express’ reservation website at https://www.ferryexpress.com/wps/portal/comercial/home_us_en?estrecho=3&resetPortlet=true
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