Portland-Nova Scotia ferry reveals ticket prices; sales start in January

Posted Dec. 11, 2013, at 5:54 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 12, 2013, at 7:28 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Nova Star Cruises has revealed the ticket prices for its yet-to-launch ferry service between Portland and Nova Scotia.

Depending on the season, round-trip fares will range from $158 to $258 for adults and $78 to $128 for children 5 to 12 years of age, according to a news release from the company. One-way fares are available for half those amounts.

A Portland-based company, STM Quest launched Nova Star Cruises after winning a competitive bid process administered by the Province of Nova Scotia, which pledged roughly $20 million over seven years to restart a Maine-Nova Scotia ferry service. STM Quest officially signed the contract in November.

The ferry service is scheduled to begin in May 2014. It will travel between Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, at night, leaving at 8 p.m. and arriving in Yarmouth at 7 a.m. So for travelers only interested in taking advantage of the ship’s casino and entertainment offerings, a round-trip ticket may be all that’s necessary. But for those who may want to rest during the trip, assigned recliner seats will be available for between $19 to $39 per chair, and private cabins accommodating up to four travelers will be available for between $49 and $89.

Prices will be season dependent. The lowest fares will be available during the “saver season,” which will run from May 1 to May 21, and from Oct. 12 to Nov. 2. The highest fares will be during peak season from June 12 through Sept. 8.

The cost to bring an automobile aboard will range from $129 to $179, a motorcycle will be $49 to $89, and a bicycle will be $16 to $22.

Special combination rates that include round-trip passenger fare, plus a cabin and auto transportation both ways, range from $299 to $449 per person based on double occupancy.

Nova Star Cruises expects its online reservation system will be able to take advanced bookings through its website before the end of January 2014. It expects to carry 100,000 passengers its first year.

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