Samui Cruise hosted a launch party in Koh Samui after its test run for a new cruise ferry route between Koh Samui and Pattaya. Though exact departure dates have not been set, the service is expected to launch later in the month.
The boat journey takes about 12 hours in each direction and is planned to depart at 5 pm from Pattaya and Samui, arriving at the destination port by 8 am. The number of journeys each week has not yet been announced. The boat operators told The Thaiger they look forward to launching the regular service aboard their Seahorse Ferry boat.
“SPcruise will be ready to service our cruise from Pattaya to Koh Samui roundtrip by late September 2022; all information will be launched via www.SPcruise.com in time.”
The boat is more like a cruise ship than a ferry boat, boasting seating options ranging from an entry-level reclining seat to a capsule bed to first-class private quarters that look practically like a hotel room. Prices for the different chairs, mattresses, and room types, but it is believed that rooms will be somewhere around the 3,000 baht mark for the overnight journey.
The ferry boat also does not skimp on facilities, with a restaurant, spa, massage services, and various nightlife entertainment options. Like a cruise, the boat is fully fitted with a bar, karaoke bar, and a disco. Transporting a car or motorbike is also easy as the ship boasts two levels of car parking.
The test run departed Pattaya on Friday late afternoon and arrived to fanfare in Koh Samui yesterday; a collection of travel industry professionals were invited to an opening night gala aboard the ferry boat featuring an open bar, fantastic food spread, and live music to celebrate the launch of the new route.
When regular service is launched, the ferry will run between Chon Buri province from Chuksamed Pier in Sattahip and Nathon Pier, the largest pier in Koh Samui, where cruise ships have traditionally landed.
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