Harmonie is tied up at the Grand Bahama Yacht Club. We are 100 miles away in distance, and a thousand miles in other ways.
We hoped on the ferry from Freeport to Fort Lauderdale (about 3 1/2 hours). The ferry is interesting. Run by a Spanish company, it is a fast wave piercing design that travels at about 25 knots. The clientele were a mixture of Bahamians making a quick one day trip for shopping, others on longer term trips visiting families, and a large number of tourists. A significant fraction of the tourist traffic were Europeans. I am guessing they are just more likely to consider non-airplane travel. Over all it was an experience we enjoyed, and was in a door to door travel time not much different than taking a flight, and a lot cheaper. There is also ferry service to Miami.
- Way more room than a plane. Walk around all you want. Outside if you like.
- Less boarding hassle.
- Better views.
- Dedicated customs clearance. (Have you ever cleared into the USA at the Miami airport on a busy day? Yuch!)
- A bit slower at 3 1/2 hours for the crossing.
- Limited schedule. One round trip a day, on most days.
We’ll be in Florida for 10 days or so. For a few days we’ll be in Hollywood taking care of business, then a fun day or two at the huge Miami boat show, then down to Big Pine Key to visit friends. All the while picking up boat parts and supplies.