WE'VE BEEN HERE BEFORE - LET'S HOPE THIS ONE WORKS OUT. Colombia and Panama since October will be connected through a ferryEfe | Panama | Posted on August 22, 2014 Colombia and Panama will be connected from this October through a ferry, which cover the sea route between Cartagena and Colon, said Friday the general manager of the tour company Colón 2000, Augusto Terracina. "We want to connect the Americas and increase trade between the two continents through this route, which currently is only performed with carriage of cruise and cargo," said Efe Terracina. He said that the ferry will begin commercial service on October 24, can accommodate 1,500 people, 500 cars and 100 containers of 40 feet, plus special facilities for pets. Terracina explained that the journey between the two Caribbean cities will register between Monday and Thursday, as Friday to Sunday cruise from Colon (Panama) to the province of Bocas del Toro is performed. The project will not only sightseeing trips but also make large purchases that may be carried in containers from ferry. The cost of the voyage on deck, which lasts about 18 hours, will be $ 99 each way, and cabins for one, two, three and four with prices starting at $ 140 will be offered in both the cruise will cost $ 277. Said the company has met with Panamanian authorities and soon will do with the Colombian, with intent to comply with immigration, customs, narcotics, police and quarantine procedures. According to a press release from the company, it is estimated that the Colón ferry could bring an estimated 100,000 tourists annually South Americans and 40,000 people to Bocas del Toro year. The first ferry crossings between ports of Colon and Cartagena to promote trade and tourism in both countries were recorded between 1994 and 1997, but did not have the desired success by several factors.