Tourists can now make reservations to travel aboard Nova Star, the brand new, 161-metre cruise-ferry, that will make daily roundtrip crossings between Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and Portland, Maine starting May 15, 2014.

One-way fares range from $79 to $139 for adults and $39 to $64 for children five to 12 years of age, depending on the date of travel. Children under the age of five will travel free all season long.

During the 10-hour voyage, passengers on Nova Star will enjoy a true cruise experience, with access to three restaurants, including fine dining and a sumptuous buffet, a theater and conference center for live entertainment, plus a spa, casino, art gallery, children's play area and more.

"Nova Star is the most relaxing and entertaining way to travel between Maine and Nova Scotia - on a convenient schedule and at an affordable price," said Mark Amundsen, president and CEO of Nova Star Cruises Limited.

While aboard Nova Star, passengers can relax in the comfort of an assigned recliner seat, from $39 to $49 per chair, or a private cabin that can accommodate up to four travelers, starting at $79 in the saver season and $99 during the summer season between June 12 and September 8.

Passengers can walk onboard Nova Star, or bring their own vehicle. Depending on the season, rates for vehicles up to 20 feet, which includes most cars, minivans, pickups and SUVs, are $139 to $199. Rates for motorcycles are $79 to $119.

Fares will change according to the following seasons of travel in 2014. Saver season, May 15 through May 21 and from October 12 through November 2; Shoulder season, May 22 through June 11 and from September 9 through October 11; and, Summer season, June 12 through September 8.

Pam Mood, mayor, Town of Yarmouth, was the first person to make a reservation for Nova Star's maiden voyage from Portland, ME to Yarmouth, NS on May 15, 2015.

"I wouldn't miss it for the world," said Mayor Mood. "This is an historic event for Yarmouth, and the rest of Nova Scotia. There is such strong demand for this service. I believe we'll be seeing Nova Star sailing into Yarmouth for many years to come. I am truly honoured to make the first reservation."

To book a trip aboard Nova Star visit or call 866-864-6295. Travelers are encouraged to make reservations on the Nova Star website to avoid wait times.

The cruise-ferry Nova Star departed Singapore on Saturday, March 15 (local time), to embark on its 10,000-mile journey to Yarmouth, NS. The trip is expected to take about a month, with the ship arriving in Yarmouth, NS mid-April.

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