South Florida-based ferry company Balearia Caribbean announced last week that it has resumed service between Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Bimini and Freeport. The company is offering suggested places for its guests to get the molecular swab test for the coronavirus (COVID-19), which is required to enter The Bahamas.
According to a statement released by Balearia, its restart of service was facilitated by its retooled hygiene and safety protocols.
“In a day and age where safety is at the top of everyone’s priorities, Balearia Caribbean has taken various steps to ensure that all of its passengers sail safe,” the statement noted.
“The company has been certified by the international entity Bureau Veritas with the Global Safe Site COVID-19 certificate, making it one of the first shipping companies in operation to hold such a high level of safety certification. Furthermore, the use of face masks/coverings is mandatory at all times during the travel process, for both the passengers and the staff members.
“To increase safety and put their customers at ease, the ferry company has reduced its sailing capacity to ensure social distancing. The use of electronic boarding passes has also been reinforced to limit contact between guests and their check-in agents, all the while reducing the bottleneck effect during the embarkation process.”
The statement added that the company has restarted its offering with three sailings per week on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
“This move not only marks a step in the right direction in regards to the advancement of the tourism industry, but also offers an alternative method of transportation and cargo services for Bahamian locals,” Balearia noted.
According to the company, passengers are required to have their temperature taken before boarding and will have access to sanitizer dispensers. It added that the vessel will undergo deep sanitization before, during and after each sailing.
“Balearia Caribbean would like to remind its future passengers that it is working closely with the United States and Bahamas governments to ensure that it is following all of the latest travel guidelines,” the statement pointed out.
“Thus, it is recommended that all passengers verify all current travel requirements with the corresponding countries involved before making their travel arrangements.”