I had the distinct pleasure of taking the new Nova Star Ferry from Yarmouth to Portland. It was so much more than a ferry; it was a mini-cruise.
Nova Star has gone out of its way to hire crew who has experience in the cruise industry and it’s evident from the time you walk on board. You are not a passenger you are a guest and treated as such. The food was outstanding, world class dining in the Fathoms Lounge. The price was very reasonable. You would not find a restaurant anywhere in that price range with the quality of meal and service. Spa services (yes it has a spa) were reasonably priced and the competence of the young women was exceptional. An hour in the spa is a wonderful way to pass the time when the ferry is passing through the permanent fog bank that lives off of Yarmouth.
On our return we had a cabin that is very comfortable with reading lights over the beds. The bathroom was supplied with excellent toiletries. Someone said they thought the bathroom was small but it was comparable in size to any cruise ship I have travelled on. The entire ship was immaculately clean.
The one negative I have to say, on leaving Yarmouth we were 34 passengers on board. It is disheartening when we heard so much publicity from everyone that we needed the ferry back. Now its here and it needs our support.
Another note is that in the waiting area on the Portland side there are banks of information about Portland and surrounding area. Stuck off in a corner away from everyone is a stack of Doers and Dreamers guides. There is no other tourism information for the passengers who are waiting to go to NS. Is there a restriction on advertising in the USA?
Come on folks, give yourself a mini vacation and take the ferry! Use it or lose it.