by Beryl Gorbman, Yucatan Yenta
Every few years we are tantalized by the prospect of a ferry line running between Progreso and Tampa. Imagine how convenient that would be. If you wanted to drive your car to the US, instead of driving through cartel territory in the north, you could put your car on the ferry and ride with it to Tampa overnight.
If you go without a car, the fare is going to be around $350 round trip, including a cabin and all meals. What a fabulous deal.
The ferry will also take freight, like households goods, but of course you still have customs and immigration to deal with at either end.
The current conversation is that the ferries will run to Tampa twice per week. They will also go to Cuba!
Right now, the Port of Progreso, the Port of Tampa and two ferry companies are gathering information. To run this ferry, new ramps will have to be built in Tampa.
The Port of Progreso is trying to figure out how many foreigners are living in Yucatan because they estimate that this population will be their steadiest customers. The projection is that the ferry could be operational by summer 2012.
Such a ferry ran briefly in 2003, and I’ve been waiting for it ever since. The ships they ran then looked like cruise ships.
If you want to express your interest and be added to their mailing list, just send an email to TamaraInProgreso@gmail.com.