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Luxury ferry to ply abandoned Portland-Nova Scotia route

Buoys hopes for tourism and truckers seeking respite

PORTLAND, Maine — A cruise ship built in Singapore, outfitted by a Danish designer, and originally intended for a French company is launching its maiden voyage from Maine to Nova Scotia on Thursday.

The majority of passengers on this worldly vessel, called the Nova Star, are expected to come from New England — namely Boston, where the ship was christened on Monday — but the biggest impact will be in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, which took a serious hit when ferry service from Maine was halted nearly five years ago.

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