'Bahama Mama' ferry set to launch service

'Bahama Mama' ferry set to launch service

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 capacity.

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 available.

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.

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