General Information

Once again, the fastest way to get from Maine to Nova Scotia will be The CAT. You’ll experience the Maritimes the way they’re meant to be seen — by sea! The CAT is fast, with a crossing time of just 3.5 hours (about half the time it would take to drive from Bar Harbor to Yarmouth).

With plenty of onboard amenities and knowledgeable staff and crew, your journey will be more than just fast — it will be downright pleasant.

About the Ship and Crossing

Passenger and Vehicle Capacity

Passenger capacity on The CAT is at least 700 passengers, and vehicle capacity is in excess of 200 regular passenger vehicles.

Crossing Time and Distance

The distance between Bar Harbor, ME and Yarmouth, NS is 98 nautical miles. Estimated crossing time is 3.5 hours.

Oversized Traffic

Currently, there is no commercial truck traffic service aboard The CAT. However, The CAT does carry motor coaches, which have a separate inventory and tariff.

Passenger Accessibility

All public areas on the ship are wheelchair accessible.

Ship’s Crew and Vessel Maintenance

Because the vessel is US-flagged and must remain so during the charter, US law requires that The CAT use a US crew. Seaward Services Inc., a US company, provides onboard crewing and custodial care for the ship for the US Military Sealift Command. Fuel and most supplies will be purchased in Nova Scotia, and vessel maintenance will be undertaken by a Canadian crew based in Nova Scotia.

The CAT Brand

After more than six years since the previous CAT was in service, our research indicated that The CAT brand still resonated with travelers throughout the North Eastern United States. There was extraordinary brand recognition throughout New England (one Boston survey indicated 88% recognition – and The CAT continued to attract strong internet search traffic six years after closure of the previous business) – and our company has continued to market our other ferry services in New England. We consulted with senior travel industry leaders. Given the strong awareness for the brand and the fact that the new vessel is also a high-speed catamaran, it was natural to bring back The CAT branding as it will lower barriers for the new service to enter key markets for the service.

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.

Passenger Info

Arriving at the Port

Please arrive at the terminal a minimum of one hour prior to sailing.

For Yarmouth departures, check-in is same day only, prior to boarding.

For Bar Harbor departures, we will accept passengers and vehicles for boarding after 1:30 pm on the day of departure. If your travel schedule permits, we encourage you to come to the terminal after 3:00 pm on the day before sailing, or before 12:00 noon on the date of sailing, for early check-in, which will facilitate the boarding process.

Pet Policy

Dogs and cats can be transported in our onboard kennel area. Guests traveling with pets should book as far in advance as possible if a deck kennel is required. Appropriate veterinarian-issued certificates are required and must be shown at check-in.

Passport Requirements

Since this is an international ferry service, proper international travel documents are required. Please check with Canadian Border Services Agency and US Customs and Border Protection for more information.

Prohibited Items

Firewood is prohibited from entering the United States. If passengers enter the US with firewood, it will be seized and disposed of properly.

Exotic birds and animals are permitted to enter the US. Passengers must have:

Dogs and cats can be transported provided they are traveling in accordance with our Pet Policy.

Taking cannabis, and products containing it, across international borders, including the Canada – United States border, is illegal and can result in serious criminal penalties. Transporting cannabis used for medical purposes is illegal.

Restriction of Imported Goods

Please note that imported goods are not allowed at the US port of entry. Any imported goods discovered with a passenger will be seized and disposed of properly. For additional information, please visit

Information Required for Reservations

Reservations are recommended. When making your reservation, please have the following information ready:

  • Passport and/or VISA is required for entry to Canada or the United States; permanent resident card; enhanced driver’s license (MI, MN, NY, VT, WA; ON, BC, MB); or passport card. Please note that NEXUS is not available in Yarmouth or Bar Harbor
  • Dates of birth (for all passengers)
  • Credit card, MasterCard or Visa
  • Email address and mobile number where you can be reached while traveling
  • If you are traveling with a vehicle: license plate number and overall length and height of the vehicle or vehicles with items attached to the roof/back or towing.

Ferry Terminal Contact Information

Yarmouth Terminal

58 Water Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 1L3

Bar Harbor Terminal

121 Eden Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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