Yarmouth is suffering, no doubt about it. Restaurants have closed, motels are smaller, and certainly the retail industry in the downtown core has seen less business. Even the one mall in town has had closures. If there has been any silver lining, it is that with the cost of gas here and the economy suffering (you know what that is like in the U.S.!) that folks here in NS have stayed closer to home over vacations. So, many have ventured down to that part of the province to enjoy the beauty of the coastline and of course, the seafood!
Fingers are crossed that something will happen for next year.
Took the Portland to Yarmouth ferry on the evening of September 6, 2014. Nice looking boat. Not much to do but wander around on Deck 7. It was an overnite trip and the staff went to bed as well as the passengers. Very difficult time to find someone to assist us with an issue in the room (around 11pm). Two gentlemen did finally show up and were very courteous and efficient in fixing my problem. They are in such a hurry to turn around the rooms that some of the little things are missed (general instructions on how things work in the room, complimentary items and enough facecloths, speaker did not work in room and neither did desk lamp). Perhaps instead of trying to be a "cruise line" they should stick with being a ferry and offer lower prices and not as exotic food and prices in the bars and restaurant.
Make sure you use the washroom before getting in lineup for the ferry. There is only one in the nova star terminal and the visitor centre closed altogether. It was a long day of waiting around.
Did take in a beautiful park in Portland that was scenic and had a good walking trail.
Also, should you become sea sick the toilets are at a good height (from experience). It was a "rocky" trip and took some time to get sea legs.
Overall maybe a good experience for some but I think there should always be staff available to assist passengers with any of their needs, especially the basics (not have passengers going around trying to find someone and just feeling frustrated) and some way of communicating with staff or a service desk.
Again, a ferry not a cruise line.
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