Hi, all - Google alerts notified me of this thread. I serve as PR
counsel to the company that owns Bay Ferries, which operates The CAT between Maine and Nova Scotia. Couple of corrections (and I'll spare y'all the detailed history):
The Bluenose ran between Bar Harbor ME and Yarmouth, NS. It was essentially owned and operated by a company owned by the Canadian government. My client assumed responsibility for that route as a for-profit company roughly a decade ago.
The Bluenose never ran between Yarmouth and Portland. That service was provided by a ship called the Scotia Prince. Several years back, the owners of the Prince claimed that they could not operate from Portland, alleging mold in the terminal. However, some observers noted that ridership on the Prince had been steeply declining for some time. Don't know myself. Wasn't there. Regardless, the owners of the Prince stopped operating from Portland.
The CAT had been running between Bar Harbor and Yarmouth for a number of years. It began service 3 days a week between Yarmouth and Portland in 2006. It was sufficiently successful that in the summer of 2007 four trips from Portland were made, and it will be the same in 2008.
And it's indeed a great ride. To drive to Yarmouth from Portland would take nearly 12 hours. The CAT does it in five and a quarter from Portland, about 3 from Bar Harbor. And if you've not seen Nova Scotia, you should... great place, great people (and if you have even the tiniest bit of Scottish blood in you, you really must see Cape Breton!
ON EDIT: Anyone wishing additional info on this feel free to PM me. I've been running boards and listservs since the mid '90s and am all too familiar with issues related to promotional stuff in groups like this. Don't wanna cross a line with this fine bunch.