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Car Ferry from USA to Calica Soon?

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Car Ferry from USA to Calica Soon?

According to news reports, the port facility on the mainland at Calica, which currently handles the car ferry from Cozumel, will be expanded to handle new car ferry service from Tampa, Florida. According to the company that will operate the ferry cruise, it would have an initial frequency of two runs per week from Tampa, Florida to Calica and back, each capable up to two thousand passengers and 600 vehicles. A similar service operated some years ago to Progesso, the port for Merida, some years ago.

It is indicated that the service could begin as soon as this summer.

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1. Re: Car Ferry from USA to Calica Soon?

The ferry from Tampa has been "in the news" for at least 2 years. I think they send out a press release every six months or so.

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2. Re: Car Ferry from USA to Calica Soon?

Not nearly as much as the ferry that once operated from Tampa to Merida has been in the news. I havent seen the press releases every six months for the the Tampa to Calica ferry . Must have missed those.

This time, not only am I reading it but , with a Mexican friend, I had lunch with a Trans Caribe captain and he told us he thinks it will happen in the next few months. Since he works on these car ferries for the Molina family, who have much influence in Cozumel and Calica, I tend to believe him. He likely knows much more about it than either of us will ever know.

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This translated from the latest Novedades news`paper article.

¨ the operation would begin international cruise ferry-Tampa-Calica. A week would arrive around 2 000 passengers and 600 vehicles. Chabolla Jorge Mario Marquez, CEO of Limestone Industrialized del Carmen (Calica), noted that the processing of permits pulled for the holiday period and in February the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT) resume the process.

The cruise ferry would be operated by the United States Caribbean Lines and would have an initial frequency of two runs per week. It is a new product that does not exist in Mexico, American tourists have the opportunity to visit the Riviera Maya and the Yucatan Peninsula in their own cars.¨

Edited: 31 January 2012, 18:54
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4. Re: Car Ferry from USA to Calica Soon?

I think that would be a really long and slow trip...yet helpful to some I'm sure.

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5. Re: Car Ferry from USA to Calica Soon?

Sorry, I forgot to post the link if anyone wants to read the article in spanish:

sipse.com/noticias/142534-preven-mediados-20…

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6. Re: Car Ferry from USA to Calica Soon?

27 hours.

Starting at $195 round trip.

State rooms and seating only will be available.

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7. Re: Car Ferry from USA to Calica Soon?

Sorry, I keep seeing new things. Here is the ferry:

orlandosentinel.com/travel/…1630825.photo

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8. Re: Car Ferry from USA to Calica Soon?

600 cars?!?!?! Now that's a lot of cars, must be a giant/mega ship! {":"}

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9. Re: Car Ferry from USA to Calica Soon?

March 15, 2011

bizjournals.com/tampabay/news/2011/03/15/fer…

March 16, 2011

…orlandosentinel.com/2011-03-16/travel/os-po…

3/22/11

83degreesmedia.com/inthenews/ferry032211.aspx

May 28, 2011

…blogspot.com/2011/05/united-caribbean-lines…

8/30/11

yucatantoday.com/en/comment/reply/194/3751

For those concerned about driving across the border and the long drive from the SE, this might be appealing.

And finally, if you have $15 million sitting around, you can get in on the ground floor.

newyorkinvestmentnetwork.com/business-propos…

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10. Re: Car Ferry from USA to Calica Soon?

"600 cars?!?!?! Now that's a lot of cars, must be a giant/mega ship! {":"}"

To me it looks like one of the huge ferries I have ridden between Sweden and Finland. Could be where they are buying it.

Edited: 01 February 2012, 03:01