YARMOUTH - Nova Star Cruises has adjusted some of its rates and is offering reduced fares for the upcoming sailing season, which gets underway later this week.
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The company is advertising what it now calls "family-friendly fares." On its website, Nova Star Cruises says children under the age of 18 will travel for free on the Nova Star.
The company says for a round trip for a family of four, this will result in a savings of up to $250. Previously, the one-way rate for a child between age 5 and 12 was $39, increasing to $64 during the peak summer season.
This free rate for children under 18 is limited to a maximum of 3 children per reservation. Children must be under the age of 18 at the time of voyage and must be accompanied by an adult. The offer is not valid for schools, church or other child and youth groups.
The company is also offering a 20 per cent discount on fares if people book their trips by June 15. On the company's website it says this discount is in addition to the existing 10 per cent discounts offered with the 22-hour Round-trip Cruise and the Sail & Drive Combo. The discount applies to any sail date in all seasons (Saver, Shoulder and Summer) but the offer expires at midnight on June 15. Passengers who have already booked a cruise will be refunded the difference.
Since the Nova Star first published its rates, there have been many concerns expressed on social media about the fares of the ship, with many people saying they find the fares expensive and can't afford to book a trip on the boat.
For its part, Nova Star Cruises has been marketing the ferry crossing as part of the vacation experience for travellers, calling it a mini-cruise experience.
The company now says the combined offers reduce the fare for a family of four by $367, or 45 per cent.
The Nova Star was christened in Boston on Monday. The ferry leaves Portland on Thursday evening on its first crossing of the season, arriving in Yarmouth on Friday morning at 8 a.m.