Ferry Service to Cuba
Beginning in 2011, we had an idea for a ferry service that would shuttle passengers from ports within Florida to various ports on the island of Cuba.
And while late 2014 and early 2015 have seen a softening of the travel and trade restrictions imposed on U.S. citizens seeking entry into Cuba, in 2011 our business partners felt the time for change was coming. It took four years, but we believe that the opportunity for a private ferry service between the coast of Florida and Cuba is quickly approaching.
We are currently working with both U.S. and Cuban authorities, as well as other partners, to gain full governmental approval for our service.
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Why are We Called CubaKat?
CubaKat is a combination of the words ‘Cuba’ and ‘catamarans’ which are sometimes called ‘cats’ or ‘kats.’ Essentially it was just a fun way to combine Cuba with Catamaran, but with a twist! Catamaran vessels have long been used for both public and private ferry services. The boats we would use to operate the CubaKat ferry services would be catamarans.
Why a Passenger Ferry Service to Cuba?
The people involved with CubaKat have a long and successful history within the maritime industry. They are also avid travelers, adventurers and entrepreneurs who see opportunity in providing a reliable, safe and low cost alternative to other travel options, specifically, private chartered air flights or general airline flights that will also soon be available.
Why Can’t You Provide Ferry Service Right Now?
While there are a number of options available right now for operating a ferry service to and from Cuba, none of them offer the convenience and direct access that our proposed ferry services will be able to offer.
When Are We Expected to Begin Service?
We are hopeful for a Spring / Summer 2016 start date, but working with many parties to determine if that time frame will work for everyone involved.
Where Would Ports in Florida be Located?
There are many options for ports along Florida’s coastline. We’re currently evaluating options including Key West, Tampa and Miami.
While CubaKat is Waiting for Government Approval, What Else is it Doing?
As we work toward gaining a license to legally operate our ferry, we are also working to promote the idea of our ferry service to the public. Everyone we speak with has shown an interest in traveling to Cuba. At the moment, we’re learning what potential travelers want in a ferry service and how best to create service that responds to those needs and requirements.
If Interested in Traveling by Ferry to Cuba, How Can I Stay Connected with CubaKat?
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