Nova Star Cruises Ltd. will shorten its 2014 sailing season and focus on preparation for the 2015 season.
Nova Star will make its final 2014 sailing from Portland, Maine, on Oct. 13 and arrive in Yarmouth, N.S. On Oct. 14. The originally planned final sailing was Nov. 2. Nova Star Cruises is directly contacting individuals and companies with reservations after Oct. 14 to advise them of the change in schedule.
The 650 impacted passengers will be provided with a full refund and either a free reservation for the remainder of this year or a 50% discount for the same booking in 2015.
In October, the ferry service traditionally focuses on transporting motorcoach tours, which can take one to two years in advance to secure. The timing of Nova Star’s selection to operate the ferry service hindered the company’s ability to secure adequate motorcoach business for this year’s fall sailing season. Nova Star Cruises will carry 23 motorcoach tours this season and already has 31 booked for 2015.