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Ok, which ferry is best to take for a night trip ???

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Ok, which ferry is best to take for a night trip ???

Trying to decide on a night or day boat , so will start with trying to find out which boat is best .

Any tricks to making a booking ???

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1. Re: Ok, which ferry is best to take for a night trip ???

You really aren't going to have much to choose from when you get right down to it. I'd suggest you pick the day/time that is most convenient for you and don't worry about which ship it is. Regardless of the ship, you will get there. The North Sydney to Argentia (and reverse) crossing always involves some overnight travel due to the length of the crossing (about 14-15 hours normally).

MV Leif Ericson is mostly just used for commercial traffic to and from Port-aux-Basques. You aren't likely to cross on this ship.

MV Atlantic Vision is the ship mostly used on the run to and from Argentia so if you plan on crossing to Argentia you will most likely be on the AV. This ship also does some runs to P-a-B so you could be on it if you are crossing to P-a-B.

The other two ships, MV Blue Puttees and MV Highlanders, are sister ships (twins if you like, but perhaps not identical twins) that are mostly used on the NS to P-a-B crossing. These are the two "new", used ships.

You can find additional information on the Marine Atlantic fleet here:


The website used to list which ship was used for each specific crossing but it doesn't any longer. Ships are sometimes changed out for crossings depending upon maintenance and mechanical issues.

Keep in mind that crossing times can vary due to weather. As I type this, according the the Marine Atlantic website, the ship from North Sydney to P-a-B that was to have arrived in P-a-B at 00:30 NDT this morning is still holding outside port unable to arrive due to weather conditions. The website was updated at 7:50 NDT as I type so it is over 7.5 hours delayed (see below).

Current Arrivals

Current as of Monday, June 25, 2012 - 0750 NT

Vessel Scheduled Arrival Time Revised Arrival Time Status

Atlantic Vision 0030 (NT) Holding outside due to winds Delayed � Due to weather conditions

Delays due to weather, while not extremely frequent, happen often enough so don't plan anything crucial by your arrival time. The delays more often than not are due to not being able to dock in P-a-B due to high winds. Overall, Marine Atlantic has a pretty decent on-time record.

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2. Re: Ok, which ferry is best to take for a night trip ???

In terms of economy, the day ferry should be cheaper than the night ferry because you will likely book a cabin to sleep in for the night.

The night ferry is also a good way of keeping your waking hours for touring.

When it comes down it, it is whatever serves your trip the best. If you are spending your time on the East Coat, book the Argentia night ferry (which takes care of one night's accommodation), and it saves your driving across the island. If you want to work your way back driving west, you can ultimately return on the Port aux Basques ferry.

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