PORTLAND (AP) — Nova Star Cruises expects to announce this week details of winter work, something that’s necessary for the cruise ship to be profitable in its first year.

President Mark Amundsen said the company has lined up work to keep the ship busy this winter.

He also says there’s no doubt that it’ll return in the spring for its runs between Portland, Maine, and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

The 528-foot cruise ferry, with cabin space for 600 passengers, began service in May, restoring daily ferry service between Portland and Yarmouth. Business got off to a slow start in the spring but is picking up. Nova Star had more than 45,000 passengers including more than 20,000 passengers in August.

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