Last updated: 02:15 PM ET, Thu March 13 2014

New Cruise Ferry Service Links Maine, Nova Scotia

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship Claudette Covey March 13, 2014

New Cruise Ferry Service Links Maine, Nova Scotia

PHOTO: The Yarmouth Lighthouse. (Courtesy of Nova Star Cruises)

Nova Scotia will become more accessible to U.S. travelers this spring when Nova Star Cruises’ 1,215-passenger Nova Star debuts daily service from Portland, Me., to Yarmouth on May 1.  The service will be available until Oct. 31.

The vessel will depart Portland at 9 p.m., arriving in Yarmouth at 8 a.m. local time, as Nova Scotia is an hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time. It will depart Yarmouth at 10 a.m., arriving in Portland at 7 p.m.

The ship features three restaurants, three bars, a casino, a fitness center and a duty-free shop.

Yarmouth, which was once a shipbuilding powerhouse, features an eclectic array of attractions, including the Laurence Sweeney Fisheries Museum where visitors can learn about the destination’s fishing and lobstering industries.

The destination is also home to Atlantic Canada’s only firefighter museum. The Yarmouth County Museum boasts Canada’s largest collection of ship portraits.

Yarmouth also serves as a starting point for two scenic trailways. The Lighthouse Route runs northeast up the Southern Shore to Halifax, while the Evangeline Trail runs parallel to the Bay of Fundy, ending on Halifax’s outskirts.