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The fast verry.

Post by HEPZIBAH » Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:22 pm

The following has recently been posted on Facebook by Friends of Egypt support tourism to Egypt. (Personally, I find it frustrating that the prices are given in EGP for Egyptians and $ (USD) for other nationalities. )
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Travel & Tourism Information 1/11/2019
The fast verry "Queen Nefertiti" from Arab Bridge Maritime will sail on Saturday November 16 for the first time between Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada

The schedule of the fast ferry will follow in the coming days

● Direction / Age Range
➡️ Sharm Al sheikh - Hurghada
Egyptians 700 EGP
Egyptian below 2 years old 100 EGP
-
Other Nationalities 70 $
Other Nationalities below 2 years old 10 $

➡️ Sharm Al sheikh - Hurghada - Sharm Al sheikh
Egyptians 1100 EGP
Egyptians below 2 years old 150 EGP
-
Other Nationalities 110 $
Other Nationalities below 2 years old 15 $

● Vehicle Tariff (Sharm Al sheikh / Hurghada)
➡️ One way
Cars 1100 EGP
Minibus 1500 EGP
Bus (20 seats) 2000 EGP
Bus (50 seats) 2500 EGP
-
➡️ Two ways
Cars 2000 EGP
Minibus 2500 EGP
Bus (20 seats) 3500 EGP
Bus (50 seats) 4000 EGP

For more information visit the website of Arab Bridge Maritime
http://www.abmaritime.com.jo/en
https://www.facebook.com/abmaritime/

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Re: The fast verry.

Post by Winged Isis » Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:02 pm

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Re: The fast verry.

Post by Hafiz » Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:25 pm

The design of the ship is conventional therefore to assume its fast like a twin hulled/hydrofoil Greek ferry is naive.

What are the speeds/trip times that justify such gross fares. One fare would get you an overnight ferry trip in very high wage Australia where such wages inflate much in the tourist market. For these fares you would get several days of untrammeled transport on all of Sydneys fast and slow ferries.

My memory of the crossing is deeply ingrained. Overcrowded, badly maintained boat, putrid toilets, the captain as high as a kite and inadequate life boats/buoys.

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Re: The fast verry.

Post by newcastle » Sat Nov 02, 2019 3:03 pm

Apparently it takes an average of 90 mins.....much as it did years ago.

How long the toilets will remain serviceable is a moot point. :lol:

It’s pricey. It’s cheaper to fly from Luxor to Sharm!

As for the timetable, while they may give one only someone unused to Egypt would give it any credibility.

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Re: The fast verry.

Post by Winged Isis » Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:10 pm

Travel & Tourism information 3/11/2019
This is the schedule for the fast ferry "Queen Nefertiti" from Arab Bridge Maritime between Hurghada and Sharm el Sheikh
● Monday
Hurghada- Sharm el Sheikh
Departure 16:00 arrival : 18:30
● Wednesday :
Sharm El Sheikh - Hurghada
Departure: 03.00 am arrival : 05:30 am
-
Hurghada - Sharm el Sheikh
Departure: 21.00 Arrival 23:30
● Thursday
Sharm el sheikh - Hurghada
Departure: 18.00 Arrival 20:30
● Saturday :
Hurghada - Sharm el Sheikh
Departure: 04.00 am Arrival : 06:30 am
-
Sharm el Sheikh - Hurghada
Departure : 18.00 Arrival 20:30
● Direction / Age Range
➡️ Sharm el Sheikh - Hurghada
Egyptians 700 EGP
Egyptian below 2 years old 100 EGP
-
Other Nationalities 70 $
Other Nationalities below 2 years old 10 $
➡️ Sharm el Sheikh - Hurghada - Sharm el Sheikh
Egyptians 1100 EGP
Egyptians below 2 years old 150 EGP
-
Other Nationalities 110 $
Other Nationalities below 2 years old 15 $
● Vehicle Tariff (Sharm el Sheikh / Hurghada)
➡️ One way
Cars 1100 EGP
Minibus 1500 EGP
Bus (20 seats) 2000 EGP
Bus (50 seats) 2500 EGP
-
➡️ Two ways
Cars 2000 EGP
Minibus 2500 EGP
Bus (20 seats) 3500 EGP
Bus (50 seats) 4000 EGP
➡️ Documents required for travel
● Ticket issued by Arab Bridge Company/agents
● Passport valid for at least three months
● International traffic book (Trip ticket) with each car
● Valid visa for nationalities that require visa
● Travel permit from parents for those under 18 years, issued by any security center in the residential area in the absence of the accompanying parent
● Postponement of conscription book for those subject to conscription law
For more information visit the website of Arab Bridge Maritime
http://www.abmaritime.com.jo/en
https://www.facebook.com/abmaritime/
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Re: The fast verry.

Post by carrie » Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:43 pm

Subject to weather conditions too.

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Re: The fast verry.

Post by newcastle » Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:49 pm

carrie wrote:
Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:43 pm
Subject to weather conditions too.
Which is what caught me some years ago when I took the ferry for a 3 day break in Sharm.

The return was cancelled due to weather conditions...although it looked flat calm to me. The 8 hour return to Hurghada by taxi was not a trip I’d care to repeat.

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Re: The fast verry.

Post by Hafiz » Mon Nov 04, 2019 5:19 am

The same company - tri national state owned, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq, has a fast, twin hulled, Australian built 200 seater that was built around AD2000 and, given the maintenance skills of locals is probably still operating. Apparently it operates in the Gulf of Aqba so it might be focused on the well healed Jewish trade rather than penny pinching backpackers or those Brits who have bought a Thomas Cook package.

Why this boat isn't doing the Hurghada route might be a question that only an Egyptian Supreme General(ismissio) Manager would know the answer to.

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Re: The fast verry.

Post by newcastle » Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:27 am

That would be the Babel which runs between Taba and Aqaba...handy for Petra

http://www.abmaritime.com.jo/en/touristic_line

Other, larger and car carrying, vessels run between Nuweiba and Aqaba...the Princess and Nefertiti.

The revival of Sharm, and the demise of Taba has, I presume, led to the relocation of Nefertiti to the Hurghada- Sharm run.

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Re: The fast verry.

Post by newcastle » Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:49 am

Well...what a surprise!! :lol:

«Arab Bridge Maritime» postpones the first ferry trip between Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh
AB Maritime , the operating company of the Hurghada- sharm ferry has postponed the launch of its first trip of the new Hurghada-Sharm El-Sheikh line, which was scheduled for Saturday the 16th of November .

The company said in a statement that a date will be announced later to sail the first trip, and the reason announced is to complete some preparations , and that they will announce a new time before the end of November.

https://www.hurghadians.com/news/arab-b ... -el-sheikh

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Re: The fast verry.

Post by newcastle » Wed Nov 20, 2019 12:41 pm

Good news if you intend to use the ferry from Hurghada to Sharm....that’s if it ever starts! :)))

Remember to have a pee before you board (unless you’re a fan of Egyptian latrines) as the journey time is 2 hours 30 mins.

Travel & Tourism News 19/11/2019
AB Martime company slashes prices of Hurghada-Sharm al-Sheikh voyages by 15 percent

The Arab Bridge Maritime company (AB maritime) on Monday cut down the prices of Hurghada-Sharm el-Sheikh voyages on the “Queen Nefertiti” ship by 15 percent up until January 31, as part of Christmas holiday season celebrations.

Prices for round-tickets will cost LE950 instead of LE1,100 for Egyptians and US$110 for foreigners, while the prices of one-way tickets will cost LE700 for Egyptians and $70 for foreigners.

Prices of a one-way car ticket will cost LE1,100, while round-ticket prices cost LE2,000.

The chairman for the AB maritime company Abd al-Qader Gaballah said that the Hurghada-Sharm el-Sheikh maritime route will start mid-December, after security and administrative measures are finalized in cooperation with the Red Sea Ports Authority.

The company will launch four trips every week, with one trip on Saturdays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Each trip takes two hours and a half from Hurghada to Sharm el-Sheikh.

Source: Egypt Independent https://www.egyptindependent.com/ab-mar ... YTwyg4dq8U

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Re: The fast verry.

Post by HEPZIBAH » Wed Nov 20, 2019 12:50 pm

'Each trip takes two hours and a half from Hurghada to Sharm el-Sheikh.'

Wonder how long it takes from Sharm el Sheikh to Hurghada. 😆
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Re: The fast verry.

Post by newcastle » Wed Nov 20, 2019 1:19 pm

HEPZIBAH wrote:
Wed Nov 20, 2019 12:50 pm
'Each trip takes two hours and a half from Hurghada to Sharm el-Sheikh.'

Wonder how long it takes from Sharm el Sheikh to Hurghada. 😆
Well...if my experience is anything to go by, the return trip might not happen! :lol: