I just got back home to find a voicemail from the Bay Ferries telling me that our return ferry from Yarmouth NS to Portland ME has been cancelled for an upcoming trip to NS in early October.
In early August, I made outbound reservations to NS for October 3rd with a return on October 10th, again via the CAT. Our party consists of 6 people/2 cars with folks flying to Boston from Michigan and Pennsylvania.
Also in August, I made all my room reservations for Sherburne (1st night), Lunenburg (3 nights), Mabou (2 nights), and Annapolis Port Royal (1 night) -- three rooms each night.
Because we really want to visit NS and members of my group already have non-refundable airline reservations, I really don't want to cancel this trip. However, I have a couple of constraints: (1) members of my party are flying home from Boston at 8AM on the morning of the 11th and (2) two members of the group can't handle long periods of time in the car (one with hip and the other back issues).
The only solution I see is to return by driving to Boston. Here's my question:
(1) We could start heading home from Mabou, stopping for the night somewhere on the Bay of Fundy west coast (St. Andrews?) before continuing on to Boston via car (7+ hours)
(2) We could spend the night in Annapolis Port Royal (as planned) and then take the 8AM ferry on October 10th to Saint John NB from Digby and then continue to drive (7+ hours) to Boston with many stops for those who need an opportunity to stretch.
This CAT cancellation is very frustrating; but I need to come up with an acceptable alternative to our original plan quickly (before talking to Bay Ferries or my out-of-town travel partners), or I fear that the consensus will be to either cancel the trip outright or spend the week in coastal Maine.
Any advice or thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Which plan above makes the most sense. . . or is there a better alternative?
Thanks in advance