Ferry service set to begin next week

The wait is almost over.

Ferry Service in Pensacola Bay begins June 22 after the National Park Service and Gulf Coast Maritime Services, Inc. signed a contract for the operation of Pensacola Bay Cruises.

“We’re excited to start working with Gulf Coast Maritime Services, Inc. and begin the Pensacola Bay Cruises service,” Gulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown said.

The two 150-passenger double-decker catamaran ferries will carry passengers between Pensacola, Fort Pickens and Quietwater Beach.

Service was scheduled to begin in March of 2017 but then delayed until May because the boats couldn’t be delivered from Washington State until March.

The boats were built by All-American Marine in Washington and paid for with BP Oil Spill money. The boats have a combined worth of $5.3 million.

It was then announced in January of last year that the ferry service would be docked until 2018 due to a lack of concessioner bids.

The ferries finally arrived in Pensacola in April of last year and the hope was to start up the service in May of this year. Contract negotiations held that process up.

As for prices, tickets for an all-day ride are $20 for adults and $13 for children ages 3-15. Children 2 and under are free. Adults 65 and older can ride for $18.50. There will also be a three-day discounted pass and a 10-trip frequent rider pass.

“We are excited about our ferry service and look forward to sharing this experience with those who want to experience Pensacola from the water,” said George Aswad, Owner/Operator at Pensacola Bay Cruises.

More information can be found at pensacolabaycruises.com.


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