May 14, 2014 3:22 pm

Yarmouth ferry operator cuts booking rates ahead of launch

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PORTLAND, Maine – The operator of the Nova Star ferry has cut its early booking rates before its inaugural run between Portland, Maine, and Yarmouth, N.S.

The 160-metre cruise ferry was christened in Boston on Monday and there’ll be a ribbon-cutting Wednesday in Portland.

Its first trip is Thursday.

The ferry’s rates have raised some eyebrows, with tickets reaching US$1,000 for two people with a car at high season.

But operators say early bookings will be discounted 20 per cent.

Other discounts could reduce the fare for a family of four by 45 per cent.

Operators say they haven’t met their target on ticket sales yet, but would not disclose specific numbers.

The car ferry will make daily roundtrips to Nova Scotia and is expected to accommodate 1,200 passengers.

It fills a void created in 2009 by the end of service of The Cat, a high-speed ferry.

With a file from Global News reporter Julia Wong

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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