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New cruise-like passenger ferry to connect Maine and Nova Scotia

New cruise-like passenger ferry to connect Maine and Nova Scotia
The Nova Star will connect Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and Portland, Maine. The passenger ferry is to make its debut May 15. (Nova Star Cruises)

A new passenger ferry will begin plying the Atlantic Ocean route next month between Maine and Nova Scotia, offering passengers a cruise-like experience.

Just in time for the long-awaited arrival of warmer weather, the Nova Star will begin linking Portland, Maine, with Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, on May 15.

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The 528-foot vessel will make the 10-hour voyage in style. As on a cruise ship, the ferry will feature a variety of dining choices, including a fine dining restaurant and a buffet. An art gallery, a casino, live entertainment and a spa are among the other on-board offerings.

The ship will depart Portland each evening at 9, arriving in Yarmouth at 8 a.m. local time the following day. The return trip is done in daylight, departing Nova Scotia at 10 a.m. and arriving in Maine at 7 p.m.

Passenger fares vary by date, but begin at $79 one-way for adults and $39 for children 5 to 12. Kids 4 and younger travel free. Assigned recliner seats and private cabins are also available.

Fares for most cars, pickups and SUVs start at $139. Motorcycle rates start at $79.

This year's last sailing will be Nov. 2.

The ship is midway through a 10,000-mile journey from Singapore, where it was built, to its home port in Yarmouth.

[For the record, 8:33 p.m. April 11: An earlier version of this post reported that sailings would cease in October. They will stop Nov. 2.]

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