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Cruise-ferry christened for Maine-to-Nova Scotia run

The Nova Star ferry arrives at Black Falcon Pier in Boston for a christening ceremony Monday.

David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

The Nova Star ferry arrives at Black Falcon Pier in Boston for a christening ceremony Monday.

Nova Star Cruises Ltd. held a Monday ceremony at Boston’s Black Falcon Cruise Terminal to formally christen the Nova Star, a 528-foot-long “cruise-ferry” that will provide daily round-trip service between Portland, Maine, and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

The Nova Star’s first run from Portland to Yarmouth is scheduled for Thursday.

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For part of the previous decade, a high-speed catamaran plied the Portland-to-Yarmouth route, but that service stopped in 2009.

According to Nova Star Cruises, the Portland-to-Yarmouth run on its new Nova Star will be a 10-hour voyage.

To help passengers enjoy their time at sea, the cruise-ferry is thoughtfully accessorized with an art gallery, a spa, and a casino, not to mention three restaurants and a theater.

The cruise-ferry can accommodate up to 1,200 passengers.

One reason why the christening was held in Greater Boston is because the cruise line sees the Hub as an important tourist market for Nova Scotia.

Chris Reidy can be reached at reidy@globe.com.

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