18 November 2011 ~ 2 Comments

Ferry boat service between Florida and Mexico about to launch

(Tampa, Florida) – Ferry service between the Port of Tampa and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula will begin by the second half of 2012, according to an executive starting the service.

This is a no-brainer,” said Bruce Nierenberg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of United Caribbean Lines.

The Lakeland resident has worked in the cruise ship business for nearly 40 years. His ultimate goal is to create a network of ferry service throughout the Caribbean, including the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Bahamas and eventually Cuba.

Ferries have more economic impact than a cruise ship because the people stay for many days,” Nierenberg said during a business panel Wednesday at the port.

One ferry would generate $300 million a year in economic impact and create at least 100 shore side jobs, he said.

Service to Mexico would take about 27 hours. European-sized ferries can accommodate 1,000 to 2,000 passengers and offer staterooms or seat-only options. The largest boats can accommodate up to 600 cars and cargo trailers.

Nierenberg said fares would start around $195 round trip, or about half the cost of air service. Frequency would depend on demand, he said, with the break-even point for the boats at around 60 percent capacity.

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2 Responses to “Ferry boat service between Florida and Mexico about to launch”

  1. Bob Sprague 28 January 2012 at 5:25 pm Permalink

    It is about time someone came up with this brilliant idea. It is years overdue. Using European-style ships, tourists from the US should be able to take their cars on a round trip to see some of the Parts of Mexico and Central America Americans seldom see.
    Of course, drug smuggling WILL be a problem for the Line for the return trip to the US, but Homeland Security/DEA will be able to work this issue.
    I offer my congratulations on this great idea. And when we finally see the end of the Castro Brothers and their rotten control of that island, Cuba will become a red hot destination for such a ferry….just a few more years to go for Cuba to be free.
    Good Luck!

  2. Bob Sprague 28 January 2012 at 5:27 pm Permalink

    Done my “replyin”!

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