Hi: has anyone heard of a ship called "Prince of Fundy"? We have a brochure from the ship's company and we are considering their cruise from Maine to Nova Scotia but am looking for info on the company & ship.
Prince of Fundy is more ferry than cruise ship that transports passengers and cars between Portland, Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia during the summer. There are sleeping quarters (most are quite compact), a casino and entertainment. Sails overnight between Maine and Nova Scotia and returns to Maine during the day. If your main interest is getting to Nova Scotia, the CAT which sails from Bar Harbor, Maine does the trip in about 2 1/2 hours.
Bill is correct and it joins the Scotia Prince ferrying cars, trucks, buses and lots of people from Portland to Nova Scotia. It is definetly not a cruise ship and turned me off from cruising for at least five years. There is no comparison to a genuine cruise vessell. The strech of Atlantic that it crosses can be very rough also. The transit takes about 11 hours so you may opt for a cabin but they are so small you may have to step outside to change your mind! Unfortunately the public space is limited and it is difficult to stake out and find a chair to sit in for the journey. Nova Scotia is a beautiful portion of Canada and is a great long weekend travel destination. Bar Harbor would be a good departure point if you were already further up in Maine, but it is a long drive from Massachusettes or NH.
Thanks for the help. We live near Rochester, NY so it will be a long drive. Not sure about doing the trip now as it does not sound like much fun other than seeing Nova Scotia, which I have but the others in our party have not.
If you drive to the Maine beach area and stay overnight somewhere that will break up your drive. Portland is about an hour and a half drive from the Massachusetts border (traffic & weather permitting). You could make it a long weekend vacation. We stayed near Digby in Nova Scotia in Log Cabin like rooms. It was a very nice place to visit and tour. Lots of people do the ferry over, so don't be too discouraged. You will at least know what to look forward too.
Actually, the 11 hour cruise can be fun and Nova Scotia is a great place to visit. If time is an element, however, the CAT may be worth the extra drive. Incidentally, I think my original answer was somewhat incorrect. The cruise line which operates the Scotia Prince is called Prince of Fundy cruises. I don't believe that they have a ship of that name unless it is a recent addition.
I've done the Scotia Prince soooo many times, I think they're going to hang a brass plaque with my name on it.
Seriously, if you want to save time, wear and tear on your vehicle, have a couple of drinks and relax.. it is the only way to go back and forth between Maine and Nova Scotia. Yes, the Cat can do it in a shorter amount of time from Bar Harbor, but the Cat has had some problems.... and weather can wreck havoc with the Cat's sailings.
Yes, the cabins are small, but this isn't a cruise for Pete's sake... and it sure beats driving. Nova Scotia is great. Once you finish there, hop on over to Prince Edward Island for a couple of days. The warmest water north of Virginia!!!