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All about Portland's International Ferry Terminal.



The International Marine Terminal, off Commercial Street at India Street (map) in Portland, Maine, is the departure point for many cruises and for the summer daily ferry service to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.

(Casco Bay ferries and cruises depart from the Casco Bay Municipal Ferry Terminal. More...)

Portland ME - Yarmouth NS Cruises

Daily summer ferry service between Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, is scheduled from June through mid-October.

The Canadian ferry, operated by Nova Star Cruises departs Portland at 9 pm, cruises all night, and arrives in Yarmouth the next morning at 8 am. The return trip from Yarmouth is a day cruise, departing at 10 am and arriveing in Portland at 7 pm.

A Mini-Cruise

This voyage is not simple, basic transportation, but rather a mini-cruise. The vessel, the new 160-meter (525-foot) Nova Star has three restaurants, a cinema, casino, art gallery, spa, and duty-free shops.


Fares range from US$104 for one adult, one-way, off-season, in a recliner seat, to US$536 for two persons, round-trip, in high summer, in recliner seats, port taxes and amenities charges included.

Children 13 years of age or younger travel free. Youth 14 to 17 pay reduced fares.


Cabins cost an additional US$159 to $249, one-way, for one to four passengers (that's the charge one-way, per cabin, not per person), so the cost for two passengers in high summer, one-way, in a cabin, would be US$427 to $517.

Note that cabins are most desirable on the outbound night cruise from Portland to Yarmouth. You may not feel the need for a bed or private cabin on the day cruise from Yarmouth to Portland.

Motor Vehicles

Fares for motor vehicles up to 20 feet (6 meters) in length start at US$105 one-way; bicycles and motorcycles cost less, RVs more.

Make your reservations on the Nova Star Cruises website.

International Marine Terminal
14 Ocean Gateway Pier (map)
Portland ME 04101

—by Tom Brosnahan

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