Scotia Prince is a passenger ferry, which has been doing Maine-NS cruises for a number of years. They tried making it a Fla-Bahamas ferry in the winter, but the idea just didn't catch on. Just off the top of my head, it's not as well-equipped as a regular cruise ship, but it doesn't have to be. And if you are in the habit of using a TA, please do ask her/him about this - it is bookable both direct and through TA's.
I do usually work with a travel agent and she has never mentioned this line, but of course, I never asked her about them either. Do you happen to know if it would be a good choice for someone who is in a wheelchair?
I have been on the Scotia Prince a number of times. It's not up to par with a lot of the cruise ships out there but have enjoyed the ship nonetheless. During the summer she sails between Portland, ME, and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. You leave Portland around 7PM (beautiful scenery sailing out), there is a stage show, and you can shop, gamble, or have dinner. They wake you up early the next morning as you arrive in NS. Nice buffet breakfast onboard and another beautiful harbor to sail into. Most people disembark to spend time exploring the Maritimes but you can do the "23 overnight sensation" where you have one hour in port and sail back to Maine. During the day sailing they have a buffet lunch, stage show, and various games going on. You arrive back to Maine at 6PM-ish. I did take my grandparents over a couple of years ago and found the handicap cabins quite large and easy to manuever a wheelchair in. As far as regular cabins, splurge for the deluxe. It is small with a bathroom (good luck with the shower). The economy ones were too cramped. Bunkbeds, no room to move, and a walk to the bathroom. Ship was refurbished last year to add hot tubs and a new lounge. Haven't been on to see these yet. The line frequently offers 2 for 1 deals in the fall and spring. Sign up on the Prince of Fundy website and they'll email you the deals. If you're looking for a quick get away spend one night in Yarmouth. THe Rodd Grand Hotel is nice and the town enjoyable.
Hi, We have been on the Scotia Prince a couple of times. We live real close so its a good weekend getaway for us. This week we recieved a Flyer from them, they are running all kinds of specials (two for ones). Tips. Rent a car from hertz, they are right at the port and its about $40 per day Canadian. (better than messing with your own car) I parked our car in the portland termanal about $12 i think.. We went on the 2 night deal $360 per couple. Friday night - Sunday. You spend Friday night on the ship upgraded cabin with bathroom. ( can't put beds together . The boat its self is a ferry, But it has a casino, Dining room (Very nice) dancing loung. and a few other things. Nova Scotia is beautiful. The price includes one night in a hotel in Nova Scotia. The first time they put us in the Manor inn Motel (great) the second time we were in Colonial ?? Right next to termanal (not so great). The food on the boat is Very good although some old guy was complaining on the next table??. We had a great time both times we went. Only thing is that it gets VERY foggy in N/S and you don't get to see much. Hope this helps you. Feel free to email me with questions Steve
We had a tour of Scotia Prince when it first came to Tampa and ran a trial season of Tampa to Progresso and Cancun runs. I have deliberately not called it cruises because after looking around the ship make no mistake it is a FERRY. Quite a nice ferry, but by no stretch of the imagination is it a cruise ship. The cabins were very small and bare and many had no en-suite facilities. The fares gave you the option of buying your food with the passenger fare all inclusive, or paying as you go but the "restaurant" and the food did not compare to any cruise ship I have ever been on.
If you want to take your auto to Mexico it would be a convenient and acceptable short cut from Florida rather than the long drive around the Gulf of Mexico, but the prices were comparable to last minute bargains on RCCL, Carnival, HAL and Celebrity out of Tampa so my wife made me promise to never take her on Scotia Prince. I am glad we took their invitation of a tour of the ship otherwide I would have been in big trouble with her!
So as long as you know what you are getting, fine, but please don't compare it to a modern (or even many older) cruise ships.
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