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Balearia Caribbean

Balearia Caribbean, previously known as Bahamas Express, provides a fast ferry service between Fort Lauderdale in Florida, USA, and Freeport on Grand Bahama Island, the Bahamas.

Owned by the Spanish group Baleària, who specialises in high-speed ferry routes around world, the company began operating between the United States and the Bahamas in 2011, taking over the Bahamas Express route. Departing from Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades Terminal One, and arriving at the Freeport Harbour on Grand Bahama Island, the Balearia Caribbean ferry trip takes around three and a half hours.

A popular route amongst day-trippers and those looking for overnight island stays in the beautiful Bahamas, the high-speed Jaume I operates the daily, seventy six mile journey at speeds of up to thirty two knots. Spanning seventy eight meters long, it can hold over six hundred passengers and a hundred and thirty vehicles, offering a choice of economy and premium economy seating areas. For on-board entertainment, Jaume I provides a comprehensive selection of films and documentaries, a tax-free souvenir shop and an excursions office.

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Balearia Caribbean Customer Reviews

  • "Ferry to Bahamas"

    Quick boarding, onto clean and spacious facility. Enjoyed the trip. Like having a mini cruise

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  • "Sea sickness is no fun"

    we were asked to be at the ferry terminal 2 hours before departure time. The terminals in Fort Lauderdale and grand Bahama are very basic, and for the number of passengers on that day a one hour check in time would have been sufficient rather than having to hang about in a non-stimulating environment. Also a shock to the system was the extra baggage fee of $US 25 per case per journey ($50 for a return journey with one suitcase) that had to be paid on top of the already fairly pricey ticket.Apart from a bout of (dry) sea sickness during a storm the journey was fine.

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  • "Balearia Bahamas Express"

    We recently took the ferry to go to the Bahamas. The crossing went well. However, the AC was too strong! You need to bring a jacket for the journey. You have to pay 50 dollars each way for 2 bags. It's something to keep in mind!

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