Great Bay Express is a brand new ferry operation established by Sir Bobby Velasquez, a famous figure in the islands yachting industry and owner of "Bobby's Marina ".
GBE is strategically set in Philipsburg, the capital of Sint-Maarten, minutes from the Juliana airport (the main international airport) and within 45 minutes across the waters from St-Barth.
The main vessel is the "Shantiwa", a Louisiana built alluminium 65' mono-hull flying the Anguilla flag and under the strict British MCA supervision. The hull design makes it a perfect ship for our waters and helps making your trip as much as comfortable as possible.
There are two outside decks (one covered) and one air-conditionned salon. The total capacity of the Shantiwa is 130 passengers and the cruising speed is at 23 knots.
Coming from Juliana airport you just have to take a cab and ask to be driven to "Great Bay Express at Bobby's Marina in Philipsburg".
The taxi-ride takes typically about 20 minutes, but on heavy traffic days it can takes up to 40 minutes. Upon arrival at the marina you will have to present your passports and tickets before boarding. Cut off time is 10 minutes prior scheduled departure.
Taking the boat from St-Barth, you have to check-in at our booth on the Gustavia ferry pier about 1/2 hour prior to the departure.
There is no extra-charge for luggages. You can travel with a dog at not extra charge. Small ones will be allowed on a leash, big ones in a cage, but in both case, they will have to travel outside (pets are not allowed in the main salon for hygienic reasons). Pets must travel with a valid documentation to be presented to the immigration officer if requested.