In May we excitedly reported a new ferry that was supposed to be crossing the Darien Gap. It kept getting delayed, and now we have word that it is canceled until further notice. Back to the shipping containers, folks!
For historical purposes, here is the original article we posted in May:
Could this be the end of the drama of the Darien Gap? We have received a recent report of ferry service starting between Panama and Colombia. Here is a rough translation of the press release that is found on many pages across the internet:
The Caribbean cities of Colon, Panama, and Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, will be connected by starting on May 10. The ferry will make the crossing in about seven hours, said the general manager of Adventure Company 2000, Augusto Terracina.
"The intention is to connect these two countries who have always had a good relationship, both tourist and commercial," said Terracina Efe, as part of a press conference to announce the launch.
Terracina said the ferry "Nissos Rodos" (part of the Panamerican Seaways cruise line) has a capacity for approximately 1,500 people, and will also carry loads of containers and automobiles.
He noted that the intention of Adventure 2000, which manages the Colon 2000 port in the Colon, is to open Panama tourism and commercial landscape.
"We will be able to bring many more tourists from other regions of Colombia, and hope this will become a product which attracts groups for conventions, trips and other activities in Panama," he said.
He said that the investment is more than $15 million, including the investment in the Colon 2000 port.
The inaugural departure is on 10 May from the city of Colon, and the next day there will be a similar ceremony at the port of Cartagena.
Trips are scheduled to depart from any of the two ports at 18.00 local (23.00 GMT) and arrive at 07.00 local (12.00 GMT the following day).
SIX WEEK TRAVEL
six trips were recorded, three from the city of Columbus and three from Cartagena. On Monday, Thursday and Saturday from the Panamanian port, and on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays from the Colombian city.
The journey via the Greek ship "Nissos Rodos" will costs from $99 (deluxe seat) to $508 (presidential suite), and the ship will have the capacity for 500 cars and 2,000 square feet for cargo.
Terracina said that the crew will be staffed by Greek sailors, who will be responsible for managing the boat, as well as by Colombian and Panamanian employees, who will be responsible for the restaurant, shopping and entertainment.