With the July 1 opening of the Resorts World Bimini Bay Casino, the casino launched its Superfast ferry service between Miami and Bimini, Bahamas.

The $24 million casino is a joint venture between Bimini Bay developer RAV Bahamas and casino operator Genting Malaysia Berhad.

Resorts World is the only casino on Bimini and the closest offshore casino to South Florida, 30 minutes away by air and two hours by the Superfast ferry.

The 10,000-square-foot casino is located at Bimini Bay Resort & Marina, a master-planned oceanfront resort community of 480 homes and villas, the largest yacht marina in the Bahamas, several restaurants, two pools, shops and a beach club.

Table games, slots and sports betting are offered at the casino, which is expected to account for more than 400 jobs on Bimini and have an "enormous economic impact on the local economy," according to a statement from Prime Minister Perry Christie in the Nassau Guardian.

Resorts World also plans to build a deep-water jetty and terminal as a docking site for the Superfast ferry and two mega-yachts. Until then, passengers on the ferry will be tendered in on large catamarans.

The Superfast ferry, operated by Genting and RAV Bahamas, can accommodate 1,600 passengers. Onboard amenities include slots, gaming tables, a two-story disco, restaurants and boutiques.

The ferry will make two roundtrips a day; prices start at $49 one-way.

Balearia Bahamas Express, a Spanish-owned company, launched ferry service between Miami and Bimini in February, aboard the 358-passenger catamaran-style Maverick. Tickets for the three-hour crossing start at $49.50 one-way.


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