New York-based Paradise Express Ferry plans to construct a terminal in Montego Bay from which it will launch its ferry service to Ocho Rios and Negril by next March.
Through a US$30 million ($3.3 billion) investment, the company hopes to build a 30,000 square feet terminal on Government owned-lots on the Montego Bay Waterfront – near Pier One – by lease agreement with the Urban Development Corporation (UDC).
When complete, Paradise plans to use a high speed catamaran ferry, which can accommodate as many as 300 passengers.
The idea is to provide an alternative to congested roads between the Donald Sangster Airport in Montego Bay and the resorts that dot the prime tourist areas of Negril and Ocho Rios.
But it’s not strictly for transportation.
“It’s an attraction” said Garry Johnson, project director at Paradise Express Ferry. “Tourists will now be able to see the island in many other ways.”
Once on board, travelers will be served complimentary drinks while listening to the history and highlights of Jamaica, and reggae music, he added.