Late-Night Ferry To Link Anguilla With Sint Maarten
PHOTO: The Anguilla Tourist Board announced the launch of ferry service between Anguilla and Sint Maarten. (Photo by Brian Major).
One of a handful of Caribbean islands not directly served by U.S. airlines, Anguilla has often been overshadowed by more easily accessible regional destinations. Yet Anguilla Tourist Board (ATB) officials are taking steps to bridge the gap in direct air service through stronger regional transportation, including a new a new, late-night ferry service between Anguilla and Sint Maarten.
The service, which launches Dec. 1, will link Anguilla with Sint Maarten, whose Princess Juliana Airport features direct service from nine U.S. cities. Two private firms, Funtime Charters and GB Ferries, have been authorized to operate the nightly service.
Ferries will depart from the Anguilla-St. Maarten Ferry Terminal at 11:30 p.m. and arrive at Anguilla’s Blowing Point Ferry Terminal at 12:00 a.m. The service, which will operate on a rotational basis, is timed to facilitate the transfer of passengers arriving on the American Airlines’ flight arriving in St. Maarten at 10:35 p.m.
ATB officials said ferry departure times would be adjusted if and when flights arriving into Sint Maarten are delayed. The service is priced at $80 for adults and $40 for children, one way. Passengers can reserve ferry service at via the ATB website.
“The implementation of this service is the result of extensive and fruitful discussions between a number of stakeholders, including the Anguilla Air and Sea Ports Authority, the government of Anguilla and in particular the Customs and Immigration departments and the charter companies,” said Donna A. Banks, ATB’s Chairperson.
“We are committed to working together to improve access to Anguilla, which is critical to the overall success of our tourism industry,” added Banks.
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