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Vessel to Cut Crossing Time to Catalina

May 19, 1985

Catalina Channel Express has unveiled a new vessel that will carry passengers from San Pedro to Avalon in 75 minutes, 15 minutes faster than any other surface carrier crossing San Pedro Bay.

The Catalina Express, a 149-passenger, 90-foot-long, double-decked ship, has leather airline-type seats, a cocktail center, cabin attendants, color television sets and telephone service. It will begin daily service June 14 at a cost of $12.50 one way.

Catalina Channel Express also runs the Avalon Express and Channel Express, which take 90 minutes to make the cross-channel trip.

Catalina Cruises, the largest company providing service to Avalon, has daily runs on triple-decked ships that take two hours to make the trip.

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