Published: Tuesday, 16 February 2016
I recently had the opportunity – no, pleasure – of crossing the Bay of Fundy in the Bay Ferries’ pride of 2015, the mv Fundy Rose.
I’d made the trek many times in both directions on the Princess of Acadia and found her both functional and comfortable, and was expecting more of the same. Boy, was I in for a surprise!
The first thing I noticed (well, after looking for motorcycle tie-down latches!) was an escalator. Do you remember that steep set of stairs that greeted you through a big creaky door? Gone! Quiet, sliding door and a shiny new escalator. Imagine that.
We emerged from the escalator into a welcome foyer and the next thing I noticed was a lady walking past with a big plate of great smelling poutine. She went down the shiny aisle and we followed. Along one side were tables and benches – practical seating for working or socializing. Directly opposite was a movie theatre and along farther up, a Truckers Lounge.
As we came to the bow of the ship (there’s NO calling this lady a boat!), we were greeted by the Mid Ship Café complete with Starbucks coffee. The entire bow was filled with a good variety of lounge seating not to mention a great view!
Watching for a place to plug in my laptop, I found a phone charging station and a business office. The entire ship has WiFi but I couldn’t find a proper electrical receptacle so I asked a crew member. He directed me to the purser who provided me with an adapter to get the proper power. I don’t even remember the Princess of Acadia having a purser!
On the way back down the port side of the ship, we passed by a gift shop, a play area for the little ones and another movie theatre. Across the stern, just past the welcome foyer, we found the delightful Acadia Eatery with ample seating and a full menu, and we ordered some of that wonderful poutine. It was reasonably priced, and it tasted as good as it looked!
The outside deck afforded a breathtaking view of Nova Scotia as it retreated into the sunshine, and I headed back inside to relax and enjoy the rest of the voyage, reminding myself to make reservations early for my next ride on this glorious ship.