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 Post subject: Aruba Curacao Ferry
PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:31 pm 
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Any word on this ferry service?

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 Post subject: Re: Aruba Curacao Ferry
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 Post subject: Re: Aruba Curacao Ferry
PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:29 pm 
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Apparently they both just signed letter of intents so it is on to planning the construction. I really do not see how this will be a success, but who knows. The boats are going to have to be pretty big to deal with the waves and have any speed to make it a worth while trip.


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 Post subject: Re: Aruba Curacao Ferry
PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:18 pm 
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Let's be honest folks. IF this gets done, I doubt that anyone here will still be alive and if we are we won't be in any condition to travel to Aruba.


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 Post subject: Re: Aruba Curacao Ferry
PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:14 am 
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Arubadan wrote:
Apparently they both just signed letter of intents so it is on to planning the construction. I really do not see how this will be a success, but who knows. The boats are going to have to be pretty big to deal with the waves and have any speed to make it a worth while trip.


Everything I read says 800 passengers and 300 cars which means any ferry would be around 300 feet long.
One article say 120 metres tall which has to be a misprint as that makes it almost 400 feet high.
I've seen a price of 100 florin ($55 USD) mentioned which seems cheap for such a long voyage.
Even a high speed ferry would take over two hours between Aruba and Curacao (70 miles). Bonaire is another 50 miles.

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 Post subject: Re: Aruba Curacao Ferry
PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:15 am 
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Everyone is always so exited to go to Aruba, why are they always looking to go somewhere else once they are there?

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 Post subject: Re: Aruba Curacao Ferry
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Angelo wrote about it in his January 10th "Breaking News About Aruba" issue at http://www.vacationsbyaruba.com/recent- ... ents-2019/

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 Post subject: Re: Aruba Curacao Ferry
PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:07 pm 
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I get seasick, so it's the airport for me. Have fed the fish on various vessels in various waters (Caribbean, North Sea, Atlantic Ocean) so I am done with travelling by water. The only way I don't get sick is by hovercraft; crossed the English Channel with zero nausea.
I really like Curacao and would love to go back via Aruba, but its going to be by plane.


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 Post subject: Re: Aruba Curacao Ferry
PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:33 am 
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ScubaBOS wrote:
Arubadan wrote:
Apparently they both just signed letter of intents so it is on to planning the construction. I really do not see how this will be a success, but who knows. The boats are going to have to be pretty big to deal with the waves and have any speed to make it a worth while trip.


Everything I read says 800 passengers and 300 cars which means any ferry would be around 300 feet long.
One article say 120 metres tall which has to be a misprint as that makes it almost 400 feet high.
I've seen a price of 100 florin ($55 USD) mentioned which seems cheap for such a long voyage.
Even a high speed ferry would take over two hours between Aruba and Curacao (70 miles). Bonaire is another 50 miles.


A vessel that big must travel 35 MPH to go 70 miles in 2 hours! That is going to be one scary ride! LOL


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 Post subject: Re: Aruba Curacao Ferry
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Arubadan wrote:
ScubaBOS wrote:
Arubadan wrote:
Apparently they both just signed letter of intents so it is on to planning the construction. I really do not see how this will be a success, but who knows. The boats are going to have to be pretty big to deal with the waves and have any speed to make it a worth while trip.


Everything I read says 800 passengers and 300 cars which means any ferry would be around 300 feet long.
One article say 120 metres tall which has to be a misprint as that makes it almost 400 feet high.
I've seen a price of 100 florin ($55 USD) mentioned which seems cheap for such a long voyage.
Even a high speed ferry would take over two hours between Aruba and Curacao (70 miles). Bonaire is another 50 miles.


A vessel that big must travel 35 MPH to go 70 miles in 2 hours! That is going to be one scary ride! LOL


When you check the specs of high speed ferries, a lot of them say that they are capable of 35/40 knots (40/45mph), but the maximum speed a vessel can travel at and their cruising speed are two different things.
Travelling east, you're headed into the Tradewinds and going against a current. The seas between A and C can be very rough.
That does make for a very scary ride indeed.
Even though most articles seems to claim 300 cars, I doubt rental agencies would allow you to take on for their cars off island, and once you start adding on trucks, the number of cars you carry drops dramatically.

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 Post subject: Re: Aruba Curacao Ferry
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Yea, 40mph into 3-5 foot rollers for 2 hours will surely end well! :lol: No thanks!


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