Bahamas Express on Feb. 26 will launch "Bahama
Mama," a cruise ferry offering three-hour crossings
between Fort Lauderdale and Freeport Harbour,
Grand Bahama Island.
Bahama Mama replaces the Pinar del Rio ferry, which
offered the same route on a daily basis.
The 1,000-passenger cruise ferry features economy
and first-class seating, private suites, a pool, lounges, a casino,
entertainment, a restaurant, bars and cafes, duty-free shopping and cargo
The daily schedule calls for an 8 a.m. departure
from Fort Lauderdale with arrival at 11 a.m.; the return trip departs Grand
Bahama Island at 7 p.m., arriving at 10 p.m.
Roundtrip prices effective March 1 are economy, $206; first-class, $250. Prices for suites on Bahama Mama are not yet
There will be overnight hotel packages with
properties on Grand Bahama, although the prices have not yet been determined,
according to a spokesman.
Bahamas Express is part of Balearia Group, a
Spanish shipping company with routes in the Mediterranean.