Ships at the port in Jounieh, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Plans for a ferry that would have carried passengers directly from Lebanon to Cyprus and back again have foundered. The service, advertised by Lebanon Ferry, was meant to have made its inaugural 3-1/2-hour journey between Jounieh and the Cypriot beachfront town of Larnaca on July 7, and run daily. Lebanon Ferry seemed to offer a far quicker alternative.And at $120 for the round trip and $80 one way, the ferry would have been significantly cheaper than flights, which travelers could have expected to pay about $200 for around the time of its maiden voyage.The Lebanon Ferry episode is not the first time a maritime transport line operating out of Jounieh has run aground. Lebanon Ferry's problems do not appear to be related to infrastructure. Lebanon Ferry did not respond to requests for comment beyond their initial statement.In its statement, Lebanon Ferry said it collected no money.Michel, also 25, from a town in Metn, who asked for identifying information to be withheld because of a pending visa application, said he began planning a ferry trip but did not go ahead with it.
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