The Balearia Bahamas Express
launched fast ferry service between Miami and Bimini, Bahamas, aboard the 358-passenger catamaran-style Maverick.
The new service, geared to daytrippers and overnight passengers, operates Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Terminal J at the Port of Miami. Service is expected to increase for the summer season.
Departure from Miami is at 9 a.m. with a noon arrival in Bimini; from Bimini, departure is at 5 p.m. with an 8 p.m. Miami arrival. Passengers must arrive two hours ahead of the Miami departure.
The roundtrip economy fare for same-day travel is $145 per person; the roundtrip first-class fare is $176. Passengers who opt to overnight in Bimini are charged $196 and $226, respectively.
Several hotels on Bimini, including Bimini Bay Resort, are including the ferry service in packages.
Facilities on the Maverick include a bar, cafeteria and retail shop. All seating is indoors in aircraft-style, three-abreast seating with views from large windows.
First class is located on the top deck and offers leather seats as well as priority boarding and disembarking.
Passengers are permitted to bring two carry-on bags free of charge. At this time, there is no provision or cargo space for luggage.
Balearia Bahamas Express, a Spanish-owned company, also operates a fast ferry service between Fort Lauderdale and Grand Bahama Island aboard the Pinar del Rio. Follow Gay Nagle Myers on Twitter @gnmtravelweekly.