Plans to launch passenger service to the D.R. on indefinite hold
April 7, 20111517
Marine Express, the company that was poised to restart passenger ferry service between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic this month, announced Thursday it has put those plans on indefinite hold.
Operator America Cruise Ferries, which is partners with Marine Express, said it will only be offering maritime cargo transportation between the island three times a week through next month, officials said. The companies opted to push back the start of passenger service aboard the 650-foot “Caribbean Fantasy” cruise ship-type ferry until they have completed all the improvements to the vessel and regulatory agenciesgive theirapprovaltotransportpeople.
America Cruise Ferries has invested some $65 million to revive the route. It is likely that passenger service will begin in May, company officials said.
Business reporter with 25 years of experience writing for weekly and daily newspapers, as well as trade publications in Puerto Rico. My list of former employers includes Caribbean Business, The San Juan Star, and the Puerto Rico Daily Sun, among others. My areas of expertise include telecommunications, technology, retail, agriculture, tourism, banking and most other areas of the economy.
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