New ferry service for North Sound

A new ferry service will run round-trips twice daily between Camana Bay and Rum Point. – PHOTO: JAMES WHITTAKER

A new ferry service, taking passengers across the North Sound from Camana Bay to Rum Point and Kaibo, will start operating Friday.

Ronnie Anglin behind the wheel of the new Cayman ferry. - PHOTO: JAMES WHITTAKER
Ronnie Anglin behind the wheel of the new Cayman ferry. – PHOTO: JAMES WHITTAKER

The 30-seat ferry will run round-trips twice daily, though businessman Ronnie Anglin ultimately hopes to expand the service to add new times and destinations.

“If the demand is there, then we can do it every hour and shuttle people back and forth,” said Mr. Anglin, who runs Captain Marvin’s and has set up the new business, Cayman Ferries.

Initially there will be departures from Camana Bay at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on weekdays and at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on weekends, with return trips three hours later.

Mr. Anglin said the bright yellow ferry, styled after the distinctive New York taxicabs, was brought in for the job. “I think the time is right for a business like this, and this vehicle is the best one to do it. It is the most economical.

“We hope to see it go up to multiple boats if it is successful, but that’s left to be seen. We are optimistic about it and if the demand is there, we will expand it.”

He said the concept of a ferry across the North Sound has been around for some time and was tried on a few occasions. But he believes the rise in tourism makes this the ideal time.

He said the ferry would be a way for tourists on West Bay Road to get across to Rum Point without having to hire a car or take a taxi.

Tickets are US$20 and can be booked at the Camana Bay Discovery Centre.