Pensacola Bay Cruises

Pensacola Bay Cruises

Season two of ferry service in Pensacola Bay is wrapping up, with a much better result than season one.

Gulf Coast Maritime Service, the original operator, lost a reported $300,000 in 2018 during a six-month season. After they dropped out, Hornblower Maritime Services resurfaced as a candidate, after attempting to win the National Park Service contract at the outset.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Forty years after the first vision and about five years of preparation and delays, Pensacola’s ferry system is ready to shove off on Friday. The launch ceremony was held at Fort Pickens on Wednesday.

Dan Brown, Superintendent of Gulf Islands National Seashore, served as master of ceremonies.

“Today is proof that all the stars can align and dreams can come true,” said Brown. GINS is one of the three stops the two, 145-passenger ferries – Turtle Runner and Pelican Perch – will make on their triangular 45-minute voyages for pedestrians and bicycles.