I don't think they have said anything regarding fares, etc yet. Certainly hasn't been anything here in the media. Will certainly keep watching for updates and will keep everyone posted.
Thanks for the update from north of the border, K.C. -- will be nice to see ferry service resume.... we still have fond memories of a honeymoon cruise on The Bolero " (or maybe the "Scotia Prince" -- it's been so long I can't remember which) back in the day."
Bonniemaev -- I haven't seen any specific fare figures yet, and have tried to follow the issue fairly closely. I think maybe, and it's just a guess on my part, that the $1,000 figure may have come from an "Experts" study published, I believe, by the government of Nova Scotia, which analyzed a wide variety of issues Part of the economic analysis included comparitive cost estimates for a two-person trip from Boston to Halifax using either a fly-drive combination, a drive-all-the-way option, or a drive-to-Portland-ferry-to-Yarmouth-drive-to-Halifax option -- all three also included a return trip via the same transportation option. That analysis suggested a total round-trip cost from Boston to Halifax and return somewhere in the $1,000/per couple range, including passenger tickets, car fare, an overnight cabin, and meals on board the ferry. That same analysis showed three possible ferry fare scenarios (low-moderate-high), with the moderate model, including two passenger fares, car fare, an overnight cabin, and on-board meals at roughly $500.00.,,, but all costs were just estimates,,,,, so I wouldn't start planning a 2014 ferry trip based on those numbers just yet. The statement has also been made in a number of places that the emphasis on the restored service will be on the "on-board experience" (similar to cruise ships) rather than on just a means of transportation from Portland to Yarmouth, which many folks considered "The Cat" to be... Amenities suggested in that terminology will likely carry some level of incrased costs, but, so far as I know, nobody has released final figures yet.
The latest info in the paper: the ferry will run from May to October. It will depart Yarmouth in the morning, arriving in Portland at 5. It will depart Portland at 8 pm for an overnight trip. The ferry will be larger than the Scotia Prince that used to run the same route. No indication of fares yet. My husband was in Yarmouth yesterday and they are already preparing and sprucing up the terminal. Lots of excitement in a town that has suffered greatly from the ferry's demise.
Just curious, what is the time difference, driving vs ferry?
Well, if you were to drive from Portland Maine, to Yarmouth Nova Scotia, you would be looking at approx 12 hours of drive time, not taking into account stops for gas, meals, etc.
What is nice about the Portland departure is that it is a night sailing, so you would arrive in Nova Scotia fresh and ready to go explore our lovely province.
Bushwacker -- Rough time estimates --
Portland-Yarmouth not using St John-Digby ferry; driving via Moncton NB & Amherst NS approx 12 hrs
Proposed Ferry (based on one trip each way every day) Sailing time of 10 1/2 hrs or less
The concept is to have one trip per day between Yarmouth and Portland and a return trip from Portland to Yarmouth in time for another Yarmough-Portland-run the next day. In order to fit that into a 24-hour period, they'll need to figure no more than 12 hours total for each leg of the trip -- including loading, unloading, and other associated work, so I'd figure a "passenger time" of 11 1/2 - 12 hrs minimum *you'll need to be there ahead of time for driving your car on board and not everyone will be "the first car off" when you get to Yarmouth.
Besides the overnight feature KC points out above, the proposed ferry is intended to offer an "on-board cruise experience" including sleeping cabins, high-end restaurants, nice lounges etc....so that "experience" would also have to be factored into the equation.Edited: 07 September 2013, 02:54
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