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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- After a five year hiatus, ferry service between Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia is back.

The Nova Star is making its maiden voyage, departing from Portland Thursday night and arriving in Yarmouth Friday morning.

The return trip departs Yarmouth Friday at 10 a.m. and returns to Portland at 7 p.m.

Nova Star Cruises reports 80 percent of its cabins were booked for the trip.

The 10-hour ride can cost passengers hundreds of dollars. The cruise features fine dining, a spa, and casino on board.

Passengers boarding in Portland said they think it will be worth the price.

Mark DeCarlo, a Portland resident, said he makes the trip to Nova Scotia frequently for business, and usually has to make a stop and stay at a hotel. He said the added amenities are a bonus.

"If I was on a date, yeah I would take advantage of that," said DeCarlo. "I think I'm going to sleep all night."

Pam Mood, the Mayor of Yarmouth, boarded the Nova Star in Boston for the maiden voyage.

"Every single room has seating where...you can look out at the ocean," said Mood. "Thee's not a bad room on that ship."

The cruise operator's goal is to serve 100 thousand passengers each year.

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