Hate flying? Lost your yacht in the recession? But sure as hell would love a decent Rum Runner and a handmade straw hat?
You are so in luck, because a new boat called the Bahamas Express Ferry is about to start high-speed service from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas.
A massive, colorful ferry with the teal 1980s color scheme has been docked near 17th Street for a few weeks now.
It is operated by a company called Balearia, which offers a similar service in Spain, connecting the mainland with four islands including Ibiza.
According to the company’s website, the Bahamas boat (one of 12 in the company’s fleet) is christened Pinar del Rio, and can hold 463 passengers and 80 cars (though earlier reports indicate that cars will not be allowed on the Bahamas service). It has a restaurant/bar onboard and pets are allowed.
Fast ferry services in South Florida have come and gone. One from the Port of Palm Beach to the Bahamas operated in the 1990s and early 2000s, but closed. Fast ferry services from South Florida to Key West have also opened and closed.Original News Article