Letter from Quest Navigation to all stakeholders:
12 November, 2013
Quest Navigation is pleased to announce that we have signed an agreement with the Province of Nova Scotia to re-establish the ferry service between Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and Portland, Maine. As part of the agreement, the Province of Nova Scotia will provide up to CDN $21 million of financial support over seven years to assist with re-establishing the ferry service.
The cruise ferry service will operate under the brand name Nova Star Cruises and provide daily round-trip service within 24 hours, starting May 1, 2014. We estimate that more than 100,000 passengers will step aboard the brand new, 161-meter cruise ferry, Nova Star, in the first year of operation. The sailing season will run from May 1 to November 2 next year.
Nova Star is the largest ship ever used on this route, and will offer a wealth of amenities and entertainment options for passengers to enjoy during their voyage. We look forward to providing a world-class travel experience for visitors to Nova Scotia and Maine, and we’re committed to delivering strong economic benefits to both regions.
Over the next few months we will continue to work full steam ahead with the province, our partners and the tourism industry to begin ferry service in May 2014. More details about Nova Star and the service, including fare structure, exclusive vacation packages, and other passenger and tourism operator information, will be released at informational sessions to be held in Nova Scotia and Portland over the coming weeks.
We are grateful for the commitment of the following: ST Marine Ltd.; the government of the Province of Nova Scotia; the government of the State of Maine; Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, Province of Nova Scotia; Department of Economic & Community Development, State of Maine; Nova Scotia Tourism Agency, Maine Office of Tourism, the government of the City of Portland; and the government of the Town of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
We would also like to thank our individual stakeholders for your confidence, hard work and support. Because of your enduring commitment, we are able to continue our effort to ensure the return of this vital service.
Mark Amundsen, President & Chief Executive Officer
Steve Durrell, Chief Operating Officer
Owen John, Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Lisa Arnold, Vice President, Brand Marketing & Product Development
Quest Navigation, Inc.