Ferry Ticket Sales Begin November 1

Host of deals for passengers at restaurants, shops and hotels


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St. Petersburg/Tampa, Fla. (October 28, 2016) – Tickets will go on sale this Tuesday, November 1 for the highly anticipated Cross-Bay Ferry service, and a host of restaurants and shops will be offering special discounts to ferry passengers, including free beer, free spa treatments and hotel room discounts.
Ferry service on the weekends will begin Friday, November 4, and full 7-day scheduled service will begin after Thanksgiving. The website to purchase tickets is www.CrossBayFerry.com<http://www.CrossBayFerry.com>, and there will soon be a special Cross-Bay Ferry app for passengers to plan their trips. More than a dozen companies in Tampa and St. Petersburg have joined to offer special deals to ferry passengers. A sample:
In Tampa:

*  Café Dufrain<http://cafedufrain.com/> and Cry Baby Cafe<http://thecrybabycafe.com/> just steps from the dock in Tampa: 10% off your entire restaurant bill.

*  Tampa Cane Distillery<http://cane-vodka.com/>: $5 off a bottle of liquor.

*  The Brew Bus:<http://www.brewbususa.com/> One free draft beer.

*  Hampton Inn & Suites Ybor:<http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hampton-inn-and-suites-tampa-ybor-city-downtown-TPAYBHX/index.html> 15% off best-available room rate.
In St. Petersburg:

*  Museum of Fine Arts:<http://mfastpete.org/> $5 off admission.

*  Body Electric Yoga Company:<http://thebodyelectricyoga.com/> One free, regularly scheduled class.

*  Daddy Kool Records:<https://www.daddykool.com/> 10% off regularly priced merchandise.
With these deals, the out-of-pocket cost of a weekend ferry ticket could be significantly reduced for those passengers patronizing businesses that are partnering with the Cross-Bay Ferry. Commuter fares will be announced in mid-November.
“The ferry is the talk of the town and we are thrilled to see so many shops and restaurants are supporting this project,” said St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. “They see the ferry as an exciting and sensible way to connect two great cities, and a way to attract customers right to their doorstep.”
The 98-foot “Provincetown IV” ferry arrived from Boston last week, and will harbor each night in the Vinoy Basin in downtown St. Petersburg. The vessel will make 2-4 round trip voyages to Tampa each day.
The launch of the Cross-Bay Ferry became possible through a unique collaboration between four local governments: The City of St. Petersburg, the City of Tampa, Hillsborough County and Pinellas County – each of which committed to support the project. The ferry service will run six months, from November to April to give the community a chance to vote with their feet about a new transit option between the two cities.
Further reflecting community support, dozens of organizations have signed up for “Test the Waters” voyages during November, including the Greater Tampa Area Realtors, the Tampa and St. Petersburg Downtown Partnerships, the Gateway Business Alliance,  the Tampa Bay Partnership and Visit Tampa Bay; numerous  chambers of commerce including Brandon, South Tampa, West Tampa, Riverview, Fish Hawk/Valrico, Sun City Center, and St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce; major planning groups such as the Tampa Bay Urban Land Institute, the American Planning Association,  and the Hillsborough County Planning Commission; and  various cultural and civic organizations such as the Tampa Bay History Center, Straz Center, the Dali, the Florida Aquarium, the Museum of Fine Arts, Dr. Carter G. Woodson Museum, the St. Petersburg Council of Neighborhoods;  the Tampa Organization of Black Affairs, the Tampa Mayor’s Alliance for Persons with Disabilities, the Hillsborough County Alliance for Citizens with Disabilities and Tampa Bay Citizens for High Speed Ferries.
Cross-Bay Ferry organizers have designed the service to test various market segments. For instance, regular Monday through Thursdayservice will accommodate both the tourist and commuter market. Friday thru-Sunday service will serve the entertainment, sports, shopping and tourism markets. Initial ticket prices will begin at $10 per one-way trip, with special discounts for regular commuters. Passengers can book their tickets online in advance or at either dock.
Among community supporters and partners of the Cross-Bay Ferry: The Tampa Bay Times, Frontier Communications, iHeartMedia, Clear Channel Outdoor, Tampa Bay Lightning, Embassy Suites Hotel, Tampa Downtown Partnership, St. Petersburg Chamber, Hotel Indigo, Visit Tampa Bay, Visit St. Petersburg Clearwater and The Pirate Water Taxi.