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george

Oct 8, 2002, 6:11 AM

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For what its worth this is quoted from the business section of the Tampa Tribune of 8 Oct 02. "Ferry Prices Set. Scotia Prince Cruises on Monday announced prices for its twice weekly ferry service from the PORT OF TAMPA TO THE YUCATAN PENINSULA ports of MORELOS and PROGRESO which start Nov. 22 at 5 p.m.
Seven-day cruise-hotel round trip packages start at $299 and 11-and 14-day vacation packages are $359 to $469. A round-trip passage only ticket will cost $120. Vehicle fares start at $298 per round trip. For information, call 1-866-466-3935."<p>



Charles Johnson

Oct 8, 2002, 11:07 AM

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Just called. Call centre still doesn't have pricing information or ability to reserve. Sounds like the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. Doesn't bode well...


jack swift

Oct 8, 2002, 5:09 PM

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i, too called, and my reservation for 11/22 was accepted, and had a nice chat with the
reservation agent.<p>the only qualification was that i should receive my confirmation in 3-4 days because their system to respond had not been fully set up<p><p><p>
: Just called. Call centre still doesn't have pricing information or ability to reserve. Sounds like the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. Doesn't bode well...<p>


Bret in Portland

Oct 8, 2002, 5:12 PM

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Did you give them any money?


jack swift

Oct 8, 2002, 5:33 PM

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yes, i provided my cc info
the company previously operated a ferry to yucatan, and although i won't claim i'm 100% sure, i think it's a serious attempt to start a long forgotten aspect of traveling to mexico<p>they're using the same ship used in new england during the summer and the complementation of winter service to the yucatan makes a lot of sense<p>i booked the cheapest way to cross - and i figure it'll save me about $500 plus wear and tear of driving 3000 miles from miami<p>I wish them well<p><p>
Did you give them any money?<p>


Charles Johnson

Oct 8, 2002, 6:20 PM

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What number did you call? And who answered? I just noticed the 1-866 number in the original posting (from the Tampa Tribune) is not the one on the website at www.yucatanexpress.com. When I called Yucatan Express at 1-866-670-3939, they had no means to price me a passage nor the ability to reserve. What the heck is going on?


Jack Swift

Oct 9, 2002, 6:26 AM

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to counter all the negativity posted on the ferry, a little research may clear up the air<p>The ship's owner
http://www.scotiaprince.com/
The ship
http://www.yucatanexpress.com/
The details
http://www.mexicoferry.com/
The sales agent
http://www.scandamerica.com/<p>
: yes, i provided my cc info
: the company previously operated a ferry to yucatan, and although i won't claim i'm 100% sure, i think it's a serious attempt to start a long forgotten aspect of traveling to mexico<p>: they're using the same ship used in new england during the summer and the complementation of winter service to the yucatan makes a lot of sense<p>: i booked the cheapest way to cross - and i figure it'll save me about $500 plus wear and tear of driving 3000 miles from miami<p>: I wish them well<p>
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: Did you give them any money?<p>


Charles Johnson

Oct 9, 2002, 11:09 AM

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: to counter all the negativity posted on the ferry, a little research may clear up the air<p>You may see it as negativity, but to me it's common sense. If the ship's operator is not booking, why would you let a travel agency take your credit card info? And here's a bit more clarity to your research:<p>The ship's operator
- Portland - Maine route
http://www.scotiaprince.com/
- Tampa-Yucatan route
http://www.yucatanexpress.com/<p>On-line Travel Agency (not related to above)
http://www.mexicoferry.com/
Tour operator (runs above website)
http://www.scandamerica.com


Monica

Oct 9, 2002, 12:17 PM

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: : to counter all the negativity posted on the ferry, a little research may clear up the air<p>: You may see it as negativity, but to me it's common sense. If the ship's operator is not booking, why would you let a travel agency take your credit card info? And here's a bit more clarity to your research:<p>: The ship's operator
: - Portland - Maine route
: http://www.scotiaprince.com/
: - Tampa-Yucatan route
: http://www.yucatanexpress.com/<p>: On-line Travel Agency (not related to above)
: http://www.mexicoferry.com/
: Tour operator (runs above website)
: http://www.scandamerica.com<p>I received a very nice message from Cecilia, the booking agent. Everything looks legit to us. Our only problem was, we were told, the ferry service would cease at the end of April and then start up again next November.<p>


jack swift

Oct 9, 2002, 1:06 PM

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gee - thanks for reposting the same stuff - you really are a BIG help<p>
: : to counter all the negativity posted on the ferry, a little research may clear up the air<p>: You may see it as negativity, but to me it's common sense. If the ship's operator is not booking, why would you let a travel agency take your credit card info? And here's a bit more clarity to your research:<p>: The ship's operator
: - Portland - Maine route
: http://www.scotiaprince.com/
: - Tampa-Yucatan route
: http://www.yucatanexpress.com/<p>: On-line Travel Agency (not related to above)
: http://www.mexicoferry.com/
: Tour operator (runs above website)
: http://www.scandamerica.com<p>


jack swift

Oct 9, 2002, 1:20 PM

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mexico's heaviest tourist season is fall/winter<p>I'd love to see a permanent ferry service
but i'll temporarily settle for a knowledable, experienced operator trying to utilize their ferry
when not in use on the freezing canadian border<p>and gee - all you johnsons of the world - 90% of the world's information is still not available on the internet - give the operating companies a little time<p><p>
: : : to counter all the negativity posted on the ferry, a little research may clear up the air<p>: : You may see it as negativity, but to me it's common sense. If the ship's operator is not booking, why would you let a travel agency take your credit card info? And here's a bit more clarity to your research:<p>: : The ship's operator
: : - Portland - Maine route
: : http://www.scotiaprince.com/
: : - Tampa-Yucatan route
: : http://www.yucatanexpress.com/<p>: : On-line Travel Agency (not related to above)
: : http://www.mexicoferry.com/
: : Tour operator (runs above website)
: : http://www.scandamerica.com<p>: I received a very nice message from Cecilia, the booking agent. Everything looks legit to us. Our only problem was, we were told, the ferry service would cease at the end of April and then start up again next November.<p>


Jacques Godard

Oct 10, 2002, 5:59 AM

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: and gee - all you johnsons of the world - 90% of the world's information is still not available on the internet - give the operating companies a little time<p>And to all you swifts of the world - please call Scotia Prince first to verify all the above information. Since this is an inaugural run, you should be booking your passage with the operator of the ship, not some two-bit travel agency trying to look flashy with a fancy website (www.mexicoferry.com). <p>The information provided by Mr. Johnson is correct. I called Yucatan Express (aka Scotia Prince) yesterday to verify.
 
 
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