Nova Star to arrive in Yarmouth next Tuesday; public tours next Wednesday

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The Nova Star is scheduled to arrive at the Yarmouth ferry terminal at noon on Tuesday, April 15.

This will mark the first time that the ship – which is nearing the end of its month-long journey from Singapore – will dock in North America.

The arrival of the Nova Star will be accompanied by a welcoming ceremony on Tuesday.

The welcoming festivities will feature an escort vessel leading Nova Star into Yarmouth harbor, accompanied by bagpipers and drums, followed by speeches from representatives of Nova Star Cruises, the Government of Canada, the province of Nova Scotia, the Town of Yarmouth and other dignitaries. The public is invited to come down to the Lobster Rock Wharf parking lot, located at the southwest side of the Yarmouth Ferry Terminal, to participate in the welcoming of Nova Star.

(It is recommended that attendees arrive at the Lobster Rock parking lot by 11:30 a.m. Parking will be limited in the vicinity of the Yarmouth Ferry Terminal.)

On Wednesday, April 16, the public will have the opportunity to take a tour of the ship. Tours will be conducted from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., on a first-come, first-served basis, says Nova Star Cruises.

To go aboard Nova Star, all attendees will be required to show a piece of government issued photo identification and sign in and out with security personnel. As per Transport Canada’s regulations children under age 16 can show a birth certificate and everyone over age 16 must show a photo ID, such as a passport or driver’s licence.

Parking for the April 16 event will be available at the Lobster Rock Wharf parking lot, at the parking lot at Hawthorne and Brown Streets, the Collins Street parking lot, and the Yarmouth Visitor Information Center. Additional parking is also available at the Mariners Centre with a free shuttle service to the event provided by Tri-Star Industries.

The Nova Star, a new, 161-metre cruise-ferry, will make daily round-trip crossings between Yarmouth and Portland, Maine starting from Portland with the maiden voyage from Portland on May 15. During the 10-hour voyage, passengers on Nova Star will be exposed to a cruise experience, with access to three restaurants, including fine dining and a buffet, a theater and conference center for live entertainment, plus a spa, casino, art gallery, children’s play area and more.

The Nova Star’s arrival in Yarmouth will mark the conclusion of a month-long, 16,093 kilometre (10,000-mile) journey from where the ship was built in Singapore. The Nova Star departed Singapore on March 15 travelled through the Suez Canal, and made a stop in Lisbon, Portugal, before starting its Atlantic Ocean crossing to Yarmouth.


“This is going to be a very proud day for everyone in Nova Scotia, and especially all the people of Yarmouth,” said Mark Amundsen, president and CEO of Nova Star Cruises. “I know there’s been great anticipation, but I think seeing Nova Star for the first time will far exceed people’s expectations. This is the day Nova Scotians finally get to see their ship come in, and I’m honored to be a part of it.”


“The people of Yarmouth and southwestern Nova Scotia have been waiting for a new ferry and our government has worked alongside the community, tourism sector, and other partners to make this vision a reality,” said Michel P. Samson, Nova Scotia’s Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “Restoring this vital link with the northeastern United States is an opportunity for our entire province and I am looking forward to experiencing the community’s reaction when the ferry sails into Yarmouth harbour for the first time.”

The Nova Star will depart Yarmouth late in the evening on April 16 and arrive in Portland on April 17.

The ship will have more work and modifications done to it in Portland, such as the installation of the casino, before making other ports of call visits.

On Monday, May 12, the Nova Star will make a port of call visit to Boston, where it will be official christened. On Tuesday, May 13, the ferry will visit Portsmouth. On Wednesday, May 14 it will have a port of call visit in Portland, prior to making its maiden voyage on Thursday, May 15.


Organizations: Nova Star Cruises, Yarmouth Ferry Terminal, Yarmouth Visitor Information Center Mariners Centre Tri-Star Industries

Geographic location: Nova Star, Yarmouth, Singapore Nova Scotia North America Canada Portland Collins Street Portland, Maine Suez Canal Lisbon Portugal Atlantic Ocean United States

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Recent comments

  • David
    April 23, 2014 - 13:04

    My wife and I were so disappointed when we totaled up the cost. Round trip for 3 during peak season with one room is $1700 after taxes. We'll be driving. We've already had friends cancel their trip once Nova Star posted their fares. What a waste.

  • Claire
    April 11, 2014 - 09:37

    Because the company providing the service is an American company.

    • Philippe Frigault
      April 12, 2014 - 05:10

      so I guess next time I go shopping to Wall-Mart in Digby Canada, I will pay with American money, is that what your are saying ???

  • Philippe Frigault
    April 11, 2014 - 04:20

    To close this discussion because I can see some peoples don't get the point, why don't they make a quick survey to find out 1- how many seniors citizen will travel on that ferry 2- how many seniors citizen can afford to take that ferry ? And nobody has reply to me regarding the reason why in Canada, I have to pay for a service in American money

  • philippe frigault
    April 10, 2014 - 03:59

    You Can keep your ferry and do what you want with it even put a circus on board, I won't be taking it, I rather drive around and save my money

    • Nova Downer
      April 10, 2014 - 14:47

      Thank you for your negative comment, Phillippe. For the lobster industry in Yarmouth and Digby counties; the re-introduction of this extremely important link between Nova Scotia and the United States will mean prosperity, and spin-off prosperity for our communities. When new stores, jobs, healthcare professionals, etc start looking at this part of Nova Scotia as a destination instead of a "lost cause" I'm sure your attitude will improve, regardless if you know the true cause or not. :)

    April 09, 2014 - 16:11

    Having travelled to Yarmouth many times I am so glad for the Nova Scotia area served by this beautiful ship. It is a great way to get to Yarmouth and all of Nova Scotia. As a Bostonion, I also appreciate it.