The Malta Independent 5 August 2021, Thursday

New fast ferry service to operate daily to Augusta from August 6

Wednesday, 23 June 2021, 09:57 Last update: about 2 months ago

Ponte Ferries’ high-speed craft, HSC Artemis, will operate daily return trips to the conveniently located port of Augusta from August 6.

The 96m-long catamaran – which comfortably accommodates 600 passengers and features a deck for both cars and cargo trucks – is equipped with many facilities including USB charging connections on every seat, a specially designated area for pet owners, and a family-friendly area where children can be kept entertained in a supervised environment. The vessel also has a state-of-the-art club class lounge, among several innovative features.

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A Ponte Ferries spokesman said: “We are delighted to bring much-needed competition to this market in time for the peak holiday season. Our vessel offers great value and has the added advantage of berthing in Augusta, which is just a short drive away from Catania, Syracuse, the shopping outlets and Taormina.

“Our customers will also benefit from Ponte’s low-cost pricing model similar to the low-cost airlines which will make travelling to Sicily easy, convenient and affordable.

“As an introductory offer, we will shortly issue discount vouchers to households in Malta and Gozo so everybody will have the opportunity to try out our great service.”

Ponte said it has also teamed up with ROCS Travel Group through a dedicated GSA agreement to provide customers with exceptional package holidays to Sicily at affordable rates. Ponte Holidays packages will be exclusively available from Ponte Holidays retail outlets and on the online platform www.ponteholidays.com both for the end customer, as well as local travel agents as from July 19.

Ponte said it is committed to being customer-focused and will be announcing more exciting offers and initiatives in the coming weeks.

Tickets for Ponte Ferries’ fast ferry catamaran service to Sicily go on sale today, with one-way trips starting from as little as €9.99. 

Bookings may be made via www.ponteferries.com

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