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Bahamas-Florida Express

Ferry from Florida to The Bahamas

HMS Bahamas Florida Express

This ferry is no longer operating and currently, there are no ferries of this type that are.

Never before has a ferry of this size and speed called the waters of the Caribbean its home. Featuring a bold, blue look and a revolutionary wave-piercing catamaran design, the state-of-the-art CAT can fly 900 passengers at highway speeds – and offer great amenities on-board. 

THE CAT. It's like no ferry you've ever seen. Taking you between Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Grand Bahama Island in less than 2 hours. Come experience The CAT! 

Daily Schedule (EST): 
Departs Grand Bahama Island - 10:00 AM
Arrives in Fort Lauderdale - 12 Noon 

Departs Fort Lauderdale - 4:00 PM 
Arrives in Grand Bahama Island - 6:00 PM

Ticket prices range between $129 and $189 for adults and $70 for children ages 3 to 17.

For more information, call (866) 31FERRY

The Ultimate Voyage

What makes a trip aboard THE CAT so memorable is that even while traveling across the ocean at highway speeds, passengers are able to enjoy a wide range of amenities and on-board activities. 

~A pleasing variety of Bahamian food and drink choices are served in the café and two food and beverage bars. 

~Passengers may choose to try their luck in the casino or see what’s playing in the two TV-movie lounge areas. 

~Passengers can also browse the duty-free shop for gifts, souvenirs, newspapers, books and a selection of other unique items. 

~Finally there are the views – the unforgettable views as THE CAT slices across the Atlantic to its ultimate destination.

The Bar
Located both forward and aft on the passenger deck you can order a wide choice of specialty drinks, or try something on our list of cocktails. Wine, liqueurs and nonalcoholic drinks, along with coffee and snacks are also available.

Tax Free Gift Shop 
Enjoy amazing bargains by shopping duty free onboard. You can save up to 50% off the shore price while traveling between the U.S. and Grand Bahama Island. You can also find a wide selection of unique gift items including jackets, T-shirts, local crafts and CAT souvenirs. On board, all purchases are tax free. 

Located in the forward section of the passenger deck, there are numerous slot machines to test your luck. 

TV-Movie Lounge 
Comfortable lounges provide free feature films on each crossing. Great for young kids, one lounge includes a children's movie, while a separate lounge shows a family movie for all ages. Large screen TVs make viewing comfortable and relaxing for all. Satellite TV is provided before and after the feature entertainment. 

Viewing Decks 
While spectacular views can be seen from virtually any location on the ship, special viewing areas truly make the crossing an unforgettable experience on the high seas. Fort Lauderdale and Grand Bahama Island coastlines can be seen from 4 stories high while departing and entering port. Floor to ceiling windows on the side of the ship are great for big ocean views. As well, the forward lounge provides vistas from three sides of the ship. From the stern (rear) of the ship you can watch the water jets of THE CAT shoot out a tail over 20 feet high and 50 feet long. It's great for taking pictures while you get a true sense of the power and speed of the ship. Sea birds and mammals are common sites, so bring your camera or binoculars. 

Handicap Access 
Wheelchair access is available on the passenger deck, including washrooms, seating, food service and movie lounge. It is recommended you make your requirements known at time of check in and the crew will be more than pleased to assist you on board the ship. Both an elevator and on board ramps are available from the cargo deck that lead to the passenger area. 

There is no smoking inside the ship however an outside deck is available to all passengers 

Built for maximum speed and maximum passenger comfort, the ultra-sleek CAT is a breakthrough in marine technology. THE CAT's revolutionary design funnels the power of four 9,500 horsepower marine diesel engines through four water jets. Designed to exceed the requirements of the International Maritime Organization's High-Speed Craft Code as well as the Det Norske Veritas High-Speed Light Craft Rules, THE CAT is one of the most advanced vessels in the world. Other unique design features include revolutionary aluminum hull construction, and active trim tab and T-foil ride control systems that ensure a comfortable ride. 



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