Tuesday, June 29, 2010

New Casino-Sponsored Ferry Service Between New London And Manhattan Begins This Weekend

Feather News

Passengers arriving this weekend to New London, Connecticut from New York City on a new ferry route can be whisked off to the Mohegan Sun by awaiting buses under a plan in which the Mohegan Sun has agreed to guarantee a certain, but undisclosed, number of paid seats.

The 400-passenger ferry, operated by Seastreak of New Jersey, will begin on Saturday and cost $69 for a round-way trip which reportedly can also be paid for by using Mohegan Sun's comp points. Ferry passengers aren't required to go to the Mohegan Sun.

In the late 1990's the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe offered a high-speed ferry service to New London from Jersey City's Liberty State Park, located about a mile across the Hudson River from the tip of Manhattan. The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe also built the high-speed ferries at a plant in New London while Richard "Skip" Hayward was the Tribe's chairman of the Tribal Council.

The new high-speed ferry service will run on weekends and on Monday, July 5, leaving Highlands, N.J. and making stops at Manhattan's Wall Street Pier and the East 35th Street Pier before arriving in New London. It is expected to take about 3 hours to arrive in New London after leaving the East 35th Street Pier. The ferry will leave New London for the return trip on weekend evenings at 7:30 p.m.

It's estimated that about 16 percent of Mohegan Sun's customers are from New York.