The best way to experience the coast is as it’s always been done—by sea. Come aboard The CAT, and travel between Portland, Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in only 5.5 hours.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the ocean views and a variety of onboard amenities. Your journey aboard The CAT is more than just transportation—it’s part of your vacation adventure!
About the Ship and Crossing
Passenger and Vehicle Capacity
Crossing Time and Distance
Ship’s Crew and Vessel Maintenance
The CAT Brand
Comparison with previous CAT
The two ships branded as The CAT moved nearly 1.7 million people between Maine and Nova Scotia over 12 seasons. High-speed ferries and conventional ferries each have well-documented strengths and weaknesses. This catamaran has a slightly different hull form which is the same hull form used by the US Navy in its class of Joint High-Speed Vessels. It has a higher “tunnel clearance” and performs differently in certain sea conditions but, when the ocean is rough, so are most vessels.
Arriving at the Port
Please note that firewood is prohibited from entering the United States. If passengers attempt to cross into the US with firewood, it will be seized and disposed of properly.
Restriction of Imported Goods
Information Required for Reservations
Advanced reservations are recommended. When making your reservation, please have the following information ready:
- Passport (or other acceptable identification)
- Dates of birth for everyone in your party
- Credit card
- License plate number, if you’re bringing a vehicle
Yarmouth Terminal58 Water Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 1L3
Canada Phone: 902-742-6800 Hours:
May 1-20: Open from 8:00am – 4:00pm, daily.
May 21-Oct 15: Open Daily. Sailing Days: 6:00am – 10:00pm; Non-sailing days: 8:00am-8:00pm
Portland Terminal12 Ocean Gateway Pier
Portland ME, 04101
USA Phone: 207-417-7050 Hours:
May 1-31: Mon-Fri 9:00am – 5:00pm
June 1-Oct 8: Open Daily 9:00am – 5:00pm