Text Messages

To sign up for text messaging, stop by the Prudence Office during office hours.

Captains Cards

Prudence & Bay Islands Transport is pleased to announce the use of Captains Cards. This is a rechargeable card that can be used to make reservations online, over the phone or in person, as well as purchasing ticket at the office. If you have an online account for reservations, the Captain’s Card can be attached and will be remembered so you do not have to input your card information every time. The Captain’s Card can be purchased at the Prudence Pier Office and recharged at either office or over the phone. They will make excellent gifts. No expiration dates.

Ferry Charter Service between Prudence Island and Bristol

The ferry can be chartered between or after regularly scheduled ferry runs. This service is frequently used to bring service vehicles to the island but may be used by anyone needing to get people, vehicles or supplies to the island during off hours. The charter fee for the vessel is $300.00 per hour; this includes the captain and one deckhand. The maximum passenger capacity of the vessel is 150 people. An extra deckhand may be added at the captain’s discretion for an added fee.

Please contact the office at 401.683.0430 to schedule a service charter to or from Prudence Island.

Private Event Ferry Charter Cruises

We are now booking private event ferry charter cruises. Take your next party on the water with a private ferry cruise around Narragansett Bay! Cruises can be booked to tour some of Rhode Islands landmarks including bridges and lighthouses or to simply get out on the water and enjoy the sunset. Additional amenities can be provided on cruises including a DJ, cash bar and catering. Ferry cruises may be used to host a variety of events such as corporate outings, wedding events, fundraisers, birthdays etc. The Herbert C. Bonner can carry up to 150 passengers. Cruises can be booked June through September and run at designated times; Saturday 7 PM to 10 PM and Sunday Noon to 2 PM.

For any questions about cruises, lists of pricing, or availability, email the ferry office at or call 401-683-0430.