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The Yucatan ferry: Answers … and questions

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A ferry connecting the peninsula to the U.S. seems closer than ever.
A ferry connecting the peninsula to the U.S. seems closer than ever.

Some more details on that U.S.-Yucatan ferry that’s been in the air for years. Still no word on which ports will be served. But if you filled out a survey at on preferred ports of call, you probably got the following message today from Pawel Konczyk of Enjoy Cozumel:

Thank you to all those who responded to the question we sent out a few weeks ago regarding the port of call location. Your responses were extremely helpful and will help to shape the direction of the project.

Thank you again,

Pawel

Here’s what we know as of today (July 29, 2014) about the project’s progress:
Schedule:

– Bookings for the first voyage for the targeted start date of April 2015 are set to begin in October 2014

Prices:

– $350 round trip including a cabin and all food and entertainment
– $95 one-way for cars
– $95 one-way for storage bins
– Frequent user discounts TBD
– Advanced booking and season discounts TBD

Frequently Asked Questions:

– Can I bring small pets? Yes
– Can I bring extra stuff for my residence in Mexico other than luggage and what fits in my car? Yes. There will be special personal cargo bins that can hold up to 1000 lbs and bulky items such as bedding, appliances or even a refrigerator.
– Can I bring an RV, motorcycle or small boat? Yes
– Will this be a year-round service? Yes. There will be 2 round trips per week between the U.S. and the Yucatan. 52 weeks per year.
– How will I be able to book? Online thru the ferry website, or through various travel agent websites and larger portals such as
Expedia, Orbitz, etc.

Bruce Nierenberg, the CEO of United Caribbean Lines, has issued an open letter to prospective passengers on the long-proposed ferry line that would connect Florida with the Yucatan peninsula:

Friends,

We are making good progress on getting a start date for the service. I expect to have that in the next month. We are targeting to start by April 2015. More info will come to you shortly and you all as our first customers will know before anyone else all the details

I have a logistical question for you.

If we brought the ship departure point closer to where you are driving from so you did not have to drive to Florida would that be okay with you and in fact be preferred?

Example : if we left from a port on the Gulf Coast of the U.S. for the trip to the Yucatan…… which could reduce your driving time up to 10 hours by not having to go to Tampa……. and still provide all the services you need for you, your family and your cars, cargo, pets etc. would that be okay?

(A yes or no answer will suffice. I don’t need a specific port mentioned as I’m just trying to find out if they would be okay with a port closer to where they left from like in Gulfport, Mississippi for example. Can take about 8 to 10 hours off the drive to the ship for them. I also have found that the gulf states ports are very much interested in showing our passengers a lot of appreciation.)

Let me know by return email.

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