All aboard the Maine fun ship. From May 15th to October 31st, Nova Star Cruises casts off a great voyage from Portland Maine to Yarmouth Nova Scotia. The cruise ship ferry Nova Star cost $165 million to build (2011 in Singapore) and carries up to 1,215 passengers on its daily cruise from the US to Canada amid entertainment at the 3 restaurants, 3 bars, casino, fitness center and shops, and small staterooms, on board. The Maine cruise ship departs at 9pm from Portland arriving Yarmouth in the morning, then returns to Portland the next evening at 7pm. The passenger ferry offers a much more fun, scenic, and comfortable ride versus 9+ hours driving to and from Yarmouth in Nova Scotia to Portland, Maine.
Maine is a favorite vacation destination especially during the summertime and the best way to see the coast is by water – on a ferry boat or small cruise ship. Nova Star arrives in Portland in the evening —just in time to see the sunset and settle into lodgings in Portland and take to the vibrant Old Port nightlife or enjoy a peaceful walk among the thriving Portland waterfront scene. When the sun rises in the morn, and the daytime bustle begins in the city of Portland, travelers seek the boutique shops and art galleries along the working waterfront, enjoy funky, vibrant eateries with locally sourced ingredients, or find amusement in the Maine museums and theaters. The magic happens taking a step back from the coast on a boat tour where stunning coastline, rocky shores, and quiet inhabited islands scattered along the Casco Bay and historic lighthouses are a sight that can take your breath away.
Awarded as the NovaStar’s destination from Nova Scotia, Portland is the ideal gateway to Maine with its proximity between Southern Maine, Midcoast and the Western Lakes and Mountains. Southern Maine offers among the most beautiful sandy beaches with a small town attitude, yet city-like diversions including artisan, antique and chic boutique shops, Maine’s best restaurant’s, summer theatres and coastal excursions. With its many peninsulas extending into the ocean, Maine’s Midcoast adds a dramatic coastal landscape as well as a slow-paced atmosphere among the many seaside towns. Downeast Acadia is a beloved vacation destination hosting Mount Desert Island where the mountains meet the sea with astounding coastal vistas. Maine’s coast itself requires a lifetime of vacations just to experience the “way life should be” and explore the many beautiful seaside villages and attractions. Outdoor activists will seek Maine’s Western Lakes and Mountains Region for hiking and water recreation among Maine’s pristine lakes to satisfy the yearning for remote and unspoiled wilderness.
Be ready for adventure, inspiration, a vacation of a lifetime, and yes, perhaps the most divine seafood experience – fresh Maine lobster, clam chowder, oysters and scallops.