Thursday, June 4, 2015
As of this past Monday, the M/S Nova Star, the ferry between Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, is making its daily run. It leaves the city at 8 PM each evening and arrives in Canada at 8 AM the next morning. There's about 1 1/2 hour turn around time, and then it's on its way again. Back somewhere in the 70's, we took the trip aboard the M/S Prince of Fundy, the ferry at the time. We sailed in the morning and stayed at The Grand Hotel in Yarmouth overnight. My memory of the hotel was that it was adequate but in no shape or form was it 'grand'. Since 1970, there have been quite a few ships carrying passengers from Portland to Canada via this route. Along with the Prince of Fundy, The M/S Bolero, the M/S Caribe, the M/S Scotia Prince and The Cat, a highspeed catamaran, have all ferried passengers during the summer months. Last season (June to October) the ferry service struggled financially, and there was some question whether the Star would make a return engagement. It has and on Sunday the ferry gave free tours to showcase the ship's sailing amenities like its three restaurants, bars, casinos, fitness facility, on board entertainment, spa, and movie theater.
No, I didn't take advantage of the free tour.
I've sailed on Royal Caribbean's BIG ships, like the Allure of the Seas.
Once you go there, you can never go back!