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#408465 - 05/22/11 08:33 PM New Tampa-Mexico Ferry Planned
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
According to the Orlando Sentinel newspaper, Premier Cruise Lines founder Bruce Nierenberg has plans to begin ferry service between Tampa, Fla., and Mexico, probably the Cancun area. The ferries would be large, modern ships like those used as ferries in Europe, carrying several hundred vehicles and more than a thousand passengers. Nierenberg says service would be twice weekly and may begin in early 2012. The Tampa-Mexico trip would take about 30 hours.

The last auto/pedestrian ferry service between Tampa and the Yucatan was in 2002-early 2003 and lasted only a short time.
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#408470 - 05/22/11 10:43 PM New Tampa-Mexico Ferry Planned [Re: Lan Sluder/Belize First]
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
And here's a link to another newspaper story on the ferry, this one from the St. Petersburg Times: http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/tampa-hopes-for-ferry-service-to-yucatan-cuba/1157412

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#408475 - 05/23/11 01:46 AM Re: New Tampa-Mexico Ferry Planned [Re: Lan Sluder/Belize First]
Decompression Offline
Why on EARTH would anyone spend $300 and 30 HOURS on a ferry from Tampa to Cancun, when you can fly for almost the same cost and be there in 2 hours from MIA???


DC

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#408476 - 05/23/11 01:49 AM Re: New Tampa-Mexico Ferry Planned [Re: Lan Sluder/Belize First]
Marty Offline
you can take your car thats one reason. and some folks hate flying

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#408477 - 05/23/11 02:04 AM Re: New Tampa-Mexico Ferry Planned [Re: Lan Sluder/Belize First]
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
You can't pay me enough to fly from, to or through MIA! One of the worst airports on earth.

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#408478 - 05/23/11 02:06 AM Re: New Tampa-Mexico Ferry Planned [Re: Lan Sluder/Belize First]
Amanda Syme Offline
Thanks for the reminder Lan - a few hours too late. I just booked a flight! I will suffer through one more time....

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#408479 - 05/23/11 02:07 AM Re: New Tampa-Mexico Ferry Planned [Re: Lan Sluder/Belize First]
Amanda Syme Offline
The journey on the ferry will probably be pretty interesting. Not a lot of "open sea." Plenty of islands and boat traffic to keep you occupied and intrigued.

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#408585 - 05/25/11 02:03 AM Re: New Tampa-Mexico Ferry Planned [Re: Lan Sluder/Belize First]
cracked up Offline
Not much between Tampa and CUN, mostly open ocean. Will be good for the used car dealers buying out of FL.

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#408616 - 05/25/11 03:43 PM Re: New Tampa-Mexico Ferry Planned [Re: Lan Sluder/Belize First]
Amanda Syme Offline
I guess it depends on the exact route taken. When I sailed down we went through the keys, the dry tortugas, skirted Cuba and then on down to Cancun. I missed most of the enjoyment of the open seas because I was green and sea sick.

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#408619 - 05/25/11 03:55 PM Re: New Tampa-Mexico Ferry Planned [Re: Lan Sluder/Belize First]
Phil Offline
MIA is much improved in the last three years and the last few times I have got through much quicker. Even saw an Immigration Officer smile!!

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