After much speculation, it has been announced that the Cross-Bay Ferry - which travels between Tampa and St. Petersburg - will return on November 1 and run through April next year. It will utilize the Provincetown III high-speed catamaran design that provides a smooth, comfortable 50-minute ride with “plenty of space outside and wide, comfortable seating inside.” It is reported that it will have a well-stocked café with coffees, pastries, snacks, wine, beer and cocktails, and up to 30 bicycles will be able to fit on the ferry.

 

The ferry will dock near the Florida Aquarium, not far from its previous Tampa home - the Tampa Convention Center, which is currently undergoing renovations. It also has a new St. Petersburg home - the Vinoy Basin near the historic Renaissance Vinoy Hotel - putting riders within walking distance of the Museum of Fine Arts, the Dalí and various Beach Drive dining options.

 

Tickets will cost adults only $8 - $2 less than during the ferry’s first season two years ago. Kids ages five to 18 will ride for just $3, and it’ll cost $5 for seniors, college students, and active or retired members of the military. Children under the age of four will ride free. The ferry will run Tuesday through Sunday and is set to include later hours, giving passengers the opportunity to have dinner across the bay.

 

The service is being paid for by the cities of Tampa and St. Petersburg and Pinellas and Hillsborough counties - with each agreeing to put in $150,000 to subsidize the service - plus the Florida Department of Transportation.

 

Schedule

Sunday Departures

STP – 4 p.m.          TPA – 5:30 p.m.  

STP – 9 p.m.           TPA – 10 p.m.

Monday – No service

Tuesday – Thursday Departures

STP – 4:30 p.m.     TPA – 5:45 p.m.

STP – 9:15 p.m.     TPA – 10:45 p.m.

Friday – Saturday Departures

STP – 10 a.m.         TPA – 11:30 p.m.

STP – 1 p.m.           TPA – 2:30 p.m.

STP – 4 p.m.           TPA – 5:30 p.m.

STP – 10 p.m.        TPA – 11 p.m.

 

More info is available at thecrossbayferry.com.



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