The trip will take about 9-11 hours depending on the direction. The ship will depart Portland at 9 p.m. and arrive in Yarmouth at 8 a.m., and the return will depart at 10 a.m. and arrive in Maine at 7 p.m. Nova Star has yet to announce the fares for the trip because it is still waiting on the paperwork for two permits to go through.
How great this news turns out to be depends a lot on the ticket price, but the fact that people from Maine will be able to put their cars on a ferry and scoot over to Nova Scotia for the weekend will seemingly make the journey more affordable than the alternative of flying and renting a vehicle. Yarmouth's coastline is rich with beaches and supports one of the world's largest lobster-fishing cultures. Halifax, Nova Scotia's capital and the site of a good deal of Titanic history, is about a 3.5 hour drive from Yarmouth.
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