|courtesy Bahamas Express|
When it launched in 2011, we told you about the Bahamas Express fast ferry service out of Fort Lauderdale
, serving Grand Bahama Island. Last year, we gave the company the award for Best Weekend Getaway,
since the trip is quick and kids up to age six travel free.
Though other fast-ferry services have come and gone from South Florida over the years, Bahamas Express has managed to hang in there (it reportedly served 80,00 passengers last year) and is even expanding its services. Last Friday, it launched a Miami - Bimini route.
Parent company Balearia has shipped over a fast ferry called Maverick from Spain to be its workhorse. This boat can sail at 30 knots and carries 357 passengers.
The company announced that it will "begin the route with three crossings a week (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) and plans to increase the frequency of crossings in the higher summer season. Departure from Miami port is at 9.00 a.m. and the return crossing is at 5.00 p.m. Bahamas Express has launched a special offer to travel to Bimini at a price of $49.50 per journey when you buy a return ticket."