Cape May-Lewes Ferry undergoing makeover

The MV Cape Henopen has undergone renovations in seating which deliver improved comfort and seating capacity. SOURCE SUBMITTED
November 17, 2012

Cape May-Lewes Ferry officials announced the installation of new interior passenger seating aboard three ferry vessels. The project will extend over three months and includes additional renovations that will not only provide the ferry with an updated look, but will deliver better quality, function and value to ferry customers. Ferry maintenance and marine crews will perform the work.

“Our goal with these new seats is to provide additional comfort to our ferry passengers,” said Jim Gillespie, Cape May-Lewes Ferry port engineer. “With small improvements such as tray tables, drink holders, armrests and different comfortable seating choices, including some seats that recline, for individuals and various-sized groups, we can create an even more enjoyable travel experience.”

Once the new seating is installed, the number of seats in each vessel’s passenger salon will increase by more than 50 percent. Gillespie noted the additional inside seating capacity will help ensure all passengers have a seat even when the boat is full. The MV Delaware will now boast inside seating for 326 guests, up from 206.

In mid-October, work began on the MV Cape Henlopen.  The MV New Jersey and MV Delaware are scheduled to undergo their respective makeovers in November and December. The renovation process takes about three weeks per vessel. Cape May-Lewes Ferry employees are performing all installation work at the Cape May terminal location. The project is scheduled to be completed Friday, Dec. 14.

About the Cape May-Lewes Ferry

The Cape May-Lewes Ferry is owned and operated by the Delaware River and Bay Authority, a bi-state governmental agency created by compact in 1962. The ferry is open year-round and has carried more than 40 million passengers since its inception in 1964. In 2011, the ferry service, which connects Victorian Cape May, N.J., and historic Lewes, transported approximately 275,000 vehicles and nearly 1 million passengers. For schedule, rates and other program information, go to or call 800-643-3779.

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