The long-awaited Kaohsiung-Siaoliouciou (
"Saturday's two round trips, with 150 people on board, were at full capacity, but we only had some 70 passengers on each ride yesterday," said Jimmy Tsai (蔡建祥), sales manager at Ocean Legend Develop Ltd (海洋傳奇開發公司), which operates the ferry.
The ferry service opened on Saturday with Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (
During the ceremony, the Princess Butterfly (
The operator of the ferry said that a round trip will run every Friday and two round trips will be made every weekend and holidays. Ferry services by reservation will be offered to groups with a minimum of 30 passengers from Monday to Thursday, Tsai said yesterday.
The new route marked the completion of a "blue highway" off the nation's southwestern coast, covering Kaohsiung City and county and Pingtung County, Wu Chun-mei (
The route cuts the travel time between Kaohsiung and Siaoliouciou Island to one hour and costs NT$700 (US$22) per head.