There soon will be a new option available for travel to several of the islands in the eastern Caribbean.
Daily ferry service linking Barbados, St. Lucia, Trinidad, Grenada and St. Vincent is slated to start Oct. 20, said Benjamin Ross, CEO of Grenada-based BEDY Ocean Line.
The service had been slated to launch in July but was delayed while awaiting the arrival of a second ferry.
One ferry will be based in St. Vincent and will serve Barbados and St. Lucia; the other will be based in Grenada and will serve Trinidad and Barbados.
Prices will range from $120 to $140 round trip and some trips will last up to four hours, depending upon the number of stops. Each ferry can carry up to 260 passengers, each of whom will be allowed to bring aboard two 60-pound bags plus a carry-on. Alcohol is prohibited onboard.
In 2005, Barbados-based Remac Tours said it would offer ferry service between Barbados and Guadeloupe with stops in St. Lucia, Dominica and Martinique, but the service never launched.
Currently, a few ferries link Puerto Rico and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. The Out Islands of the Bahamas have several intra-island ferry services.