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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:19 am 
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Hi
I’m not sure if this is new news or not but wanted to post it as I just read about it this morning.

http://curacaochronicle.com/politics/ag ... ew-months/

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:56 am 
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My estimates puts the distance at about 70 miles. That is in open seas on a ferry. For those of you who have been on cruise ships and figure it will be a lot like that you are in for a surprise. As a scuba diver who has dove Aruba and Curacao the waters around the islands are not the waters you experience while on the beach under your palapa or when you take your sunset cruise.

Reading that the government seems to wany no part of it should tell us all something

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:08 pm 
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Does anyone know an approximate speed for such a ferry? 20mph would make it a 3 1/2 hours.


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I know that the fjord ferry that I was on in Norway was traveling in excess of 40 mph.

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At one point this proposal also included Bonaire, which adds another 45 miles to the trip.
The cost looks like it would be about $60USD.
As AJ noted, the seas between Aruba and Curacao are rough. It's the main reason that Aruba has never had a close relationship with Curacao or Bonaire. Historically it's always been difficult to travel from A to C or B.

According to the story, it also mentions that the ferry would be 120 meters tall, which I have to believe is a misprint. That's nearly 400 feet high. That's a huge ferry. The largest cruise ship in the world, Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas is only 283 feet high.

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This line in the story speaks volumes:

"If we invest ourselves, it will certainly cost the government 10 times more than if a private company does it," says the Aruban minister firmly.

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comet07 wrote:
This line in the story speaks volumes:

"If we invest ourselves, it will certainly cost the government 10 times more than if a private company does it," says the Aruban minister firmly.


Bet you will never hear that said by any US politician on either side of the aisle.

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arubajoey wrote:
comet07 wrote:
This line in the story speaks volumes:

"If we invest ourselves, it will certainly cost the government 10 times more than if a private company does it," says the Aruban minister firmly.


Bet you will never hear that said by any US politician on either side of the aisle.

Very true

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