Thursday, April 24, 2014
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The Nova Star is expected to cruise between Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia daily, starting next May and running through October.
File photo courtesy STM Quest Inc.
According to the agreement announced on Sept. 5, the ferry would operate daily from May 1 to Oct. 31, leaving Yarmouth at 9 a.m. and arriving in Portland at 5 p.m. The return trip would leave Portland at 8 p.m. and arrive in Yarmouth at 7 a.m.
STM Quest, which has yet to announce prices, is rapidly running out of time if it wants to attract tour buses next summer.
Over the next few weeks, tour companies will print brochures that will be mailed to their customers. The companies are enthusiastic about the planned ferry service but need details about it, such as the sailing schedule, pricing and on-board food service, said Don Haggett, sales director for Lafayette Hotels, which owns 22 hotels in Maine,
Haggett said he has been sending emails about the ferry service to more than 80 tour bus operators. The only details he has now is that the ferry would leave Portland in the evening and Yarmouth in the morning.
He said STM Quest must have a final agreement within the next eight weeks or it will lose out on the 2014 season for tour groups. “Everybody just now is really waiting,” he said.
Scott Riccio, owner of Northeast Charter and Tour Co. in Lewiston, said he believes the ferry service will start up in May as promised.
“We have to be cautiously optimistic and hopeful that our leaders in government on both sides of the border will make it happen,” he said.
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