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“Not glamorous or exciting, but nearly flawless efficient transport”
Review of Balearia Caribbean

Balearia Caribbean
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US$115.00*
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Grand Bahama Round-Trip Ferry Ride from Fort Lauderdale
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Balearia Caribbean offers Scheduled ferry crossings between Fort Lauderdale FL, and Grand Bahama Island onboard our ship; “Jaume I” with a capacity of 600 passengers divided into two classes; economy premium and ecomomy. Jaume I sails from Fort Lauderdale at 8:00 am and arrives at Grand Bahama Island at 11:00 am (weather permitting), It then sails from Grand Bahama Island at 6:00 pm, and arrives back to Fort Lauderdale at 9:30 pm With such a convenient schedule, Balearia Caribbean gives the traveler the opportunity to spend 6 hours in the island on a one day trip, a quick weekend getaway when limited by time, or a grand vacation when staying at one of the many resorts in Grand Bahama Island. Balearia Caribbean is proud to be the lowest priced and “funnest” way to travel to the Bahamas
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Miami, Florida
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47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Not glamorous or exciting, but nearly flawless efficient transport”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

I was lured by the GroupOn promotion, and we nearly bailed out because of all the dreadful earlier reviews. We did the round-trip on the last Monday in May, and encountered NONE of the bad experiences cited in most of the earlier TA reviews. Port entry and parking were a breeze. Check-in and TSA screening took only minutes, and we were seated in the waiting area in no time. Boarding was orderly and efficient and every employee and staff at every point of the process as well as on board was friendly and helpful. We departed on time, arrived early. We bought the Lucayan shuttle and day pass package on board since we didn't know what to expect at the Freeport end, fully expecting to be price gouged, but this was not at all the case. Only a few dollars gratuity was added to the price had we done it all a la carte, and this convenience fee was a bargain. The day at the shopping village and at the resort was really quite a snooze though. We live in Florida near the beach, so travel to a smaller beach resort was a bit of a let down, but this had nothing to do with Bahamas Express. They delivered on their promise. Return check-in boarding was even faster, so much so that we departed nearly 30 minutes early. The seas were smooth both ways. Most people slept. The crew was friendly and helpful. The on-board food offered for purchase had a lot of room for improvement: (burgers, fries, pizza and such.) - enough to address any hunger pangs, but far short of a treat. As other reviewers noted, expect a lengthy delay when arriving back at Port Everglades, but again this had nothing to do with Bahamas Express. Customs and Border Control arrived late, were understaffed, and in no hurry to move the crowd. The de-boarding by category was orderly and clearly explained. The staff advised us to remain seated until our category was called, to avoid crowding and any frustration for matters out of their control. I think our nearly perfect experience (and thus this glowing review) were attributed to three factors: 1)The seas were calm under a moonlight sky, so no sea sickness noticed, 2) The ferry was only about 25-35% full each way, so the resources were not at all taxed or stressed, and 3) It seemed to us that the Bahamas Express operators read all the negative reviews on Trip Advisor and addressed every concern and complaint cited. I hope this ferry service attracts enough passengers on a sustained basis to stay in business and perhaps even expands to other Bahamas destinations. The whole experience sure beat the hassles of airport and airline travel hands down.

Visited May 2014
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FerryExpress, Guest Relations Manager at Balearia Caribbean, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
On behalf of Balearia Bahamas Express I would like to thank you for choosing us to service you. We look forward to servicing you again in the near future. Thank you for your business!
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Toronto, Canada
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27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Perfect one day break to Bahamas”
Reviewed 28 June 2014

Booked the one day trip to Freeport and was pleasantly surprised after all the negative reviews I have read. Value for money if you want a quick getaway and see Freeport while in Fort Lauderdale....Was a day well spent both on board and the island
Pleasant staff, friendly and courteous. Food and drinks available on board as well as you can carry your own food...Duty free on board at excellent prices...Play slots or just relax on the 3 hour ride back and forth...
Recommend this as a perfect 1 day break

Visited June 2014
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FerryExpress, Guest Relations Manager at Balearia Caribbean, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
On behalf of Balearia Bahamas Express I would like to thank you for choosing us to service you. We look forward to servicing you again in the near future. Thank you for your business!
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Palm Harbor, Florida
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“GREAT TIME!”
Reviewed 26 June 2014

Booked the one day trip to Freeport and was pleasantly surprised! There is a bit of outdoor seating and you are able to smoke out there which totally made my day!! Very clean. And, despite the rules, you are able to bring food and drinks aboard which, unfortunately, we did not!! The only negative is the lack of customer service - not able to reach them by phone or the online chat. (My daughter lives in Ft. Lauderdale so I sent her over to purchase our tickets ahead of time). The tiki bar down at the "free" beach is great! Awesome drinks!!

Visited June 2014
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FerryExpress, Guest Relations Manager at Balearia Caribbean, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
On behalf of Balearia Bahamas Express I would like to thank you for choosing us to service you. We look forward to servicing you again in the near future. Thank you for your business!
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Florida
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25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Smooth sailing.”
Reviewed 24 June 2014 via mobile

My husband and I got a deal on groupon an decided to take a little vacation. I was kinda scared after reading reviews here, and expected a bad time buttttttt....
1. The reservation people were very nice, an though my name was spelled wrong I brought my printout confirmation and had absolutely no problem.
2. Check in was easy, and boarding was announced 1st class, then day trippers, lastly overnighters. It was organized as it could be with no assigned seating.
3. Everything was, to the minute, on time. On the way back everyone was checked in 20 minutes early, and instead of sitting around we all got to leave and get home 20 minutes early.
Tips....
1. Bring a book and cash. Wifi went down on the way home. So kinda limited on electronics. Also with no wifi their credit swipers won't work.
2. Bring food and drinks! Everyone did! Also if staying on the Island bring whatever you want except chicken. They said you can bring a cooler of steaks
If you want.
3. No one was weighing baggage. As long as it wasn't ridiculously oversized and the passenger could carry it, no one seemed to care.
4 Be sure to catch the sunset on the way back to florida!
Oh try seabands if you get seasick! They work.

Visited June 2014
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FerryExpress, Guest Relations Manager at Balearia Caribbean, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
On behalf of Balearia Bahamas Express I would like to thank you for choosing us to service you. We look forward to servicing you again in the near future. Thank you for your business!
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31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“Lots of traveling!”
Reviewed 24 June 2014 via mobile

We live in Florida and me and my boyfriend baught the groupon. It was a great price. We had a 3 hour drive to the boat. They got us through quick. Staff was kind of short with you but not rude. The boat did not take off on time and we got to the Bahamas around 12. It was hard to walk on the boat on the way there due to water conditions. The boat was easy to find on the way back and we got a great seat up on the top deck so we could go out when they opened the doors and see the sun set. Also the bar drinks were pretty cheap. This was a great afternoon and if you dont want anything TOO fancy, your trip will turn out GREAT using this service!

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FerryExpress, Guest Relations Manager at Balearia Caribbean, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
On behalf of Balearia Bahamas Express I would like to thank you for choosing us to service you. We look forward to servicing you again in the near future. Thank you for your business!
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