More ferry details released.

Ferry tickets go on sale

Ferry timetableThe Journal reports that tickets for the new ferry, the Volcan de Tijarafe, go on sale today for July, August and September. It is the latest twist to a story that goes back to the closure of the previous ferry service at the end of January 2012, and reported here frequently since then. Hopes have been raised, only to be dashed on too many occasions since, but at last there does appear to be a positive outcome, even if the service is restricted to the summer months.
Ticket information for the sea voyages between Sta Cruz de Tenerife – Funchal – Portimão – Funchal – Las Palmas de Gran Canaria was given by the communication office of Grupo Sousa, which adds that tickets can be purchased through their website or at the Porto Santo Line branches at Avenida do Mar (Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) and Estrada Monumental (Monday to Sunday: 9h – 12h30 / 14h – 20h).
Funnily enough the ship that is featured on the website looks remarkably like the previous one – it is almost as if it never went away:

Ferry

Although it is the mainland link that will be of interest to residents it looks like there will be an onward link to Santa Cruz de Tenerife as well as Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Residents
High Season – 29 euros;
Low season – 24 euros;

Students
High season – 25 euros;
Low Season – 20 euros;

Non-residents
High Season – 85 euros;
Low Season – 88 euros;
The transport of vehicles of the continent will cost around 315 euros and the motorcycles 115 euros.

Finally…..

Another great cartoon from Matt in the Telegraph as the world cup approaches.

Matt cartoon

 

6 thoughts on “More ferry details released.

  1. Well done grupo Sousa!

    Not only have you managed to launch a ferry service but you have even been able to afford to subcontract out the service to the very company originally providing the service!

    A big thumbs up also to the Sousa group for sending out a bit F*%K you to all the naysayers and Madeirans by plastering the Armas across your site for all to see

    The Portuguese government should be ashamed of their inaction and inept handling of this debacle. It shows without a doubt that mainland Portugal see’s the people of both Madeira and the azores as second class citizens

    At least Spain looks after all their citizens and provides subsidies for transport links to their outlying regions

    Well done all you Portuguese politicians, you definitely deserve your fat pension even after only serving one term…..

    Regards to all

  2. As I understand it Armas were not interested in tendering for the contract. How come they end up the business on what appears to be a sub-contract basis?

  3. Maybe I was a bit too harsh in my first post in regards to the Ferry service and the Sousa Group

    It could genuinely be that none of the ferry operators were interested in bidding on the route and that the existing operators of Madeiran maritime transportation saw fit to support the Island of Madeira and it’s inhabitants

    As no one took up the contract they could have decided to subsidise the cost themselves and cover the rest as a good will gesture……

    If we lived in Lala land this may in fact have come to pass but as we live in the real world where everyone is focused on making as much money as possible before they die I find it a bit hard to believe

    The fact that the Spanish ferry group ends up doing the job anyway could be a stop gap measure until a suitable ferry can be put into service by the Sousa Group

    The monopolies on the Island have been fighting against this service from day one but the majority have been pushing for it and finally it has been forced into action

    Sometimes it is better the devil you know, they are all in it together…

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