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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Bimini SuperFast Ferry Passes Coast Guard Inspection

Resorts World Bimini SuperFast to Start Operating July 20th after finally receiving a certificate of compliance from the U.S. Coast Guard 




The 32,000-ton ship initially failed several parts of a safety inspection, including abandon-ship drills to evacuate all passengers to lifeboats within 90 minutes. It was christened June 28.

Now that the vessel has been cleared to operate, it will offer daily cruises from Miami to Resorts World Bimini, a casino resort that formerly was Bimini Bay Resort in the Bahamas.

The cruises depart from Port Miami’s Terminal F at 9 a.m., arriving in Bimini in about 2½ hours, and returning at 7 p.m. daily. 

Prices start at $49 round-trip during weekdays and $79 during weekends and holidays; port charges and taxes are an additional $20. Fares include buffet breakfast and dinner on the Party Deck. There also are six restaurants and bars on board, some with cover or a la carte charges. Passports are required.

The company expects to begin operating overnight “Party Cruises” in early August. The overnight cruises will depart Miami at 10 p.m. daily, returning at 6 a.m. 

The ship has 180 cabins in three categories - inside and outside 100-square-foot cabins and deluxe staterooms of 150 to 180 square feet - available at additional cost. The ship, which can cruise at up to 30 knots with up to 1,500 passengers, has slot machines, a sports book and table games such as blackjack, baccarat, roulette and craps.

Resorts World Bimini has 374 guest rooms, suites and luxury villas, two full-service marinas, a shopping village, multiple pools and restaurants, a children’s activity center and more. The casino at the resort is billed as the first in the world with water and marina views.

Bimini SuperFast and Resorts World Bimini is operated by the Genting Group, a global company founded in 1965, which operates destination resorts in Asia, Europe and the Americas through the Resorts World brand. The company also owns Star Cruises in Asia and 43% of Norwegian Cruise Line.

Bimini SuperFast has more than 400 cameras on board and is the third-largest commercial user of high-definition digital recording, which debuted at Resorts World New York City and then on Norwegian Breakaway. 

Additional info on schedules and rates at http://www.rwbimini.com/

Source: TravelPulse


Happy Travels,
Linda