New Englanders will have an easier time traveling to Nova Scotia beginning May 15.
Instead of driving the 11 hours from Boston, folks can drive two hours to Portland and board the brand new 528-foot-long Nova Star ferry, which will make daily round-trip crossings between Portland and Yarmouth. It will depart Portland at 9 p.m. and arrive in Yarmouth at 8 a.m. every day between May 15 and November 2.
Passengers can dine, gamble, enjoy live entertainment, an art gallery, book a spa appointment, and more while gliding across the Gulf of Maine. You can even bring your pet. For a fee, you can bring your vehicle on the ferry as well.
It’s been five years since New Englanders could travel by water to Nova Scotia aboard The Cat, a high-speed catamaran that was discontinued because it was losing money, according to the Boston Globe.
One-way fares aboard Nova Star range from $79 to $139 for adults and $39 to $64 for children age five to 12 years old. Children under 5 are free and can enjoy a children’s play area on board. The cheapest cabins will cost $79 to $99, while a deluxe ocean view will run you $179 to $229, depending on the season.
Learn more about the different cabin options and prices as well as how much it will cost to park your car, motorcycle, or bike on the Nova Star website.
If you are in the Portland area this weekend, you can take a tour of the ferry between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Bostonians can catch a glimpse Monday when the Nova Star is christened in Boston at the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal. The ship will arrive at 6 a.m. and the christening, including speeches and a blessing, will take place at 10 a.m.