Thursday , January 26 2023

Ferry Big B Makes Maiden Voyage to Saba

On Friday, July 28th, 2017, the ferry “Big B,” owned by Bobby Valesques, made its maiden voyage to Saba for an overnight visit during the last weekend of Saba Carnival. The ferry trip included the round trip ticket on the “Big B,” a ticket to the Friday night show of “Pure Madness 2017” featuring Onyan, and the possibility to join Jouvert morning and see the Grand Parade on Saturday afternoon.

Ferry Big B


This visit is intended to be the start of a regular ferry service by the “Big B,” which will visit Saba three times weekly. The ship will run out of Bobby’s Marina, in St. Maarten, leaving in the morning and returning late afternoon. The ferry is 130 feet, is licensed to carry 230 passengers at a time and is predicted to make the trip to Saba in about an hour. The “Big B” has two levels, both inside and outside seating, air conditioning and television screens for entertainment, ensuring maximum comfort for its passengers.

On the picture, left to right, Harbor Master Travis Johnson, Bobby Velasquez of Bobby’s Marina(Boat Owner), Commissioner Bruce Zagers, Operations Manager Charles Smith and the Captain of the ferry

Commissioner of Tourism Bruce Zagers who was on the maiden voyage was very pleased with this development. He stated, “I received the great news last week that everything was ready for the ferry service to start. When we spoke about the first visit, it was mutually agreed that a carnival trip would be ideal. The planning started right away, and by the end of the first day already a poster was released. A little more than a week later and the Big B ferry is on Saba with 100 passengers”.

This new ferry service will provide the opportunity to explore new markets and create new partnerships. Adding another ferry also facilitates easier travel between Saba and St. Maarten, as now every day of the week will have a ferry traveling between the two islands. The continued development of Saba and her sister island, St. Maarten could only prove to be beneficial to Saba’s growth, and the Commissioner stated that he looked forward to being a part of this progress.

GIS Saba

Big B is the Pride of Sint Maarten. It is the flagship of the Great Bay Ferry company in St. Maarten.  It is our newest and largest ferry. At 120 feet in length and her 26 foot width she offers the smoothest most comfortable ride of all our ferries. On board you will find plenty of room and comfort, with both indoor and out door seating. Classic style at its best.

Spacious, Classic Design, Comfort and Style are the best ways to describe Big B


Saba Carnival 2017
The public road and parking lots are no places for car wrecks


  1. It would be very helpful if the article also states where to book it, and what the costs are.

  2. Traveling to SXM mid Aug and then on to Saba, would like more info on travel days and the cost per person to Saba, your ferry looks beautiful and will be a great asset to the island, thank you. Look forward to hearing from you.

  3. Thank you very much for this great new link between the islands.