All hail Captain Cook: New disruptive ferry service for Sydney

Captain Cook Cruises has launched AHOY, Australia’s first ‘ferry hailing’  app.  The first on-demand route started yesterday and covers Elizabeth Bay to Garden Island and Circular Quay in Sydney for a cost of $7.50, much cheaper than a cab, Uber or water taxi. 

“Like popular ride sharing services, AHOY allows customers to locate their ferry, hail a ride and then track the ferries journey and time until it arrives, all on a mobile device,” the company said in a media release.

Captain Cook Cruises, General Manager, Anthony Haworth, said: “With Uber proving so popular we thought why not translate this success to the water and start an on-demand ferry service.

“After meeting with Elizabeth Bay residents and receiving their positive feedback and support, we are confident it will be a success.

“We hope Elizabeth Bay is the first of many on-demand ferry services in the future.” 

The service uses new “tubby class” ferries , which are designed to operate a high frequency, low cost service and can carry up to 60 passengers. 

It  targets city commuters and operates Monday to Friday from 6.30am to 9.15am and 4.15pm to 7.30pm.

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