Mark MacDonald, president of Bay Ferries said advance bookings are up at least five-fold from 2016 when the company took over the Nova Scotia Provincial Government-backed service after two years of poor performance by Nova Star Cruises using a conventional ferry.
"We do take it as an extremely encouraging sign. When we look at what we are seeing right now, historically, it tracks to 2007-2008 time frame on service. In those years we were carrying 90,000-100,000 passengers a year," MacDonald said.
Last year the 106.5 metre Austal catamaran ALAKAI, chartered from the United States military and marketed as THE CAT brought a capacity of 886 passengers and 282 cars and carried around 35,500 passengers, roughly 15,000 fewer than its predecessor, the 27,744gt NOVA STAR, although this partly attributed to a late start for bookings.
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May 12 2017