New Ferry Service Offers Memorable Trip For Passengers

Curiosity about the new ferry service lured dozens of passengers to the dock in Bay St. Louis Wednesday.

"We're impressed that this has been put together that fast," said one woman.

"We wanted to make sure it goes all the way," joked Marsha Favre of Bay St. Louis. "We're wondering if we should have brought our life jackets."

While Marsha Favre looked forward to crossing the Bay once again, Duane Lafont just wanted to find a faster way to get to work.

"It's got to be quicker, faster, cheaper, more efficient, all these things," said Lafont. "Otherwise, it's not really worthwhile."

The excitement grew as the ferry crew welcomed everyone on board the Marrissa Mae Nicole, and gave passengers an experience they've been anxiously waiting for for 14 months.

"It's a little slower than I thought it would be, but it's okay," Favre said. "I'm not in a rush. It's nice to slow down."

A lot of people wondered if the service will save them time. Each trip takes us about 25 minutes, but that's not including the hour-long wait for the ferry's arrival.

"I'm not sure it's going to save me time, but it's going to save me some money," said Lafont. "It's going to cut 15 miles off my commute, so it's going to save a gallon each way."

When asked if he was going to take the ferry to work again, he answered, "Absolutely."

"I think it's great," said Favre. "I'd like to come on it everyday. It's very nice."

The ferry runs from 6:30am to 6:30pm every day. But on Thursday it will end at noon for some final maintenance. The ferry will be back to regular schedule Friday morning at 6:30. The service will continue, until the new Bay Bridge opens.