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Ferry Atlantic Vision

Nova Scotia Canada
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Ferry Atlantic Vision

Two of us took the Atlantic Vision ferry on July 12 from North Sydney-Port aux Basque. Ferry left and docked on time. Being new it all looked good, lots of helpful staff. The new cabins looked very luxurious-a bit much for a 4-6 hour trip?

Two things we found puzzling-food service and the seating-first, there is a large, colorful,comfortable bar/entertainment/seating area at the end of one deck but it was filled to capacity all the way. A 2nd area called air seats consisted of 2 small rooms at the opposite end-big aircraft type seats in rows of 2,3,,2-to watch movies-we sat in the middle section and could not see above the seats in front-it seemed that the only clear view of the screen was from the front row of 7 seats or the few seats on the inside of the outer aisles. There are bathrooms and a shower room at the back of these rooms. This was all the seating we could locate on the ferry as there seemed to be an abundance of cabins.

Food service-again just my opinion but the food service seemed to be a little lacking in the middle range. The main dining area is 2 parts-all tables with white cloths and looking good. One side offers a $20 buffet only-we walked through and had a look-the food looked fine. The other side of the area was similiar in appearance and offered a menu which seemed geared to adult tastes-pricey and limited but that is only my opinion. Then there is a tiny walk-through snack bar in the middle of the ferry-wrapped sandwiches, soup,chili,drinks and small boxes of cereal-this had about 5 small tables on the outside wall. No sign of the large, comfortable, convenient cafeteria like on the older ferries. The Clara and Joey Smallwood we returned on from Argentia has the huge cafeteria where you can stay for the whole trip and read or play games or eat when you want (except when they close for breaks) and it is a whole lot easier-food is much better than it used to be and there are many choices & good prices.

Each to his or her own of course. Any other opinions?

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1. Re: Ferry Atlantic Vision

The whole problem is whether they have boats that provide a basic "ferry" experience or a bit of a "cruise ship" experience.

Then , what is the market they have to deal with, and when it comes to the summer market it seems the government Tourist people in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia think that the more we have that is higher class, the more we'll attract a higher class who in turn will spend more money. Trouble is , they don't have one statistic to back that up or one model to base it on.

If you research the Alaska State ferry system from Seattle and Prince Rupert , and look at their boats, then I think you will see the model .

The Vision has to be tried for 2-3 years at least. I hear it is is lovely.

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