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Posted 10 August 2013 - 04:08 PM

We went to Prince Edward Island a couple of weeks ago. Going over, we were on the Confederation and met the Holiday Island mid-way across.

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Coming back, we were on the Holiday Island.......meeting the Confederation......with a nice sunset!

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 04:40 PM

An easy train to ferry connection is the summer ferry from Port Kent, NY (Adirondack) to Burlington, VT. The ferry is only a hundred yards or so from the train.
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Posted 10 August 2013 - 04:56 PM

We went to Prince Edward Island a couple of weeks ago. Going over, we were on the Confederation and met the Holiday Island mid-way across.

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Coming back, we were on the Holiday Island.......meeting the Confederation......with a nice sunset!

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Never been on that boat, but my family all went out to P.E.I.  Anne of GG fans.



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Posted 10 August 2013 - 07:15 PM

It may be a bit more than a "ferry" but anyone go from England to Ireland by sea?

:cool:  Great idea! Ive gone in the opposite direction to France on a Ferry, I would like to ride the Chunnell Train if I ever go back to England! Right now Regional Flights in Europe are really cheap, less than Ferries and Trains, so I'm wondering if eventually the Passenger Ferries will end up going away??  :(

 

Why are they so cheap? Do they use an RJ or a real narrowbody? I guess the phenomenon of trains mores expensive than planes has been teleported to Europe as well. Don't understand about the ferries, I'm sure those boats are very efficient.

 

North Carolina has the second largest state-owned ferry system in the country. 24 vessels for the 7 regular routes. Longest one-way run is 2.5 hours.

 

That's sure a lot! Do they traverse rivers, bays, or what? I never realized NC had so much.

 

On my bucket list is the ferry from Dana Point, CA to Santa Catalina Island, maybe next year as I don't think they will be doing it in November and if they are, maybe I will take it then.

 

Maybe I'll try that out the next time I get to LA.


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Posted 10 August 2013 - 07:35 PM

An easy train to ferry connection is the summer ferry from Port Kent, NY (Adirondack) to Burlington, VT. The ferry is only a hundred yards or so from the train.

I tried to check the fair for the Adirondack for next June and Amtrak.com says they do not have trains running from NYP to PRK on that date. Is the Adirondack being discontinued before next summer?



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Posted 10 August 2013 - 07:47 PM

An easy train to ferry connection is the summer ferry from Port Kent, NY (Adirondack) to Burlington, VT. The ferry is only a hundred yards or so from the train.

I tried to check the fair for the Adirondack for next June and Amtrak.com says they do not have trains running from NYP to PRK on that date. Is the Adirondack being discontinued before next summer?

 

The Port Kent stop is seasonal and coordinates with the ferry service.  It is possible that Amtrak has not confirmed the dates for next summer's ferry operation and has not loaded the Port Kent stop into the system.  If you check service to Plattsburgh, you'll see that the train is operating.



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Posted 10 August 2013 - 08:07 PM

An easy train to ferry connection is the summer ferry from Port Kent, NY (Adirondack) to Burlington, VT. The ferry is only a hundred yards or so from the train.

I tried to check the fair for the Adirondack for next June and Amtrak.com says they do not have trains running from NYP to PRK on that date. Is the Adirondack being discontinued before next summer?

 

The Port Kent stop is seasonal and coordinates with the ferry service.  It is possible that Amtrak has not confirmed the dates for next summer's ferry operation and has not loaded the Port Kent stop into the system.  If you check service to Plattsburgh, you'll see that the train is operating.

OK, thanks I will just wait and plan it later. I may even add the Plattsburg-Grand Isle ferry to my November trip. I would love to travel on the lake in the cold weather. Yes I am crazy.



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Posted 10 August 2013 - 08:47 PM


North Carolina has the second largest state-owned ferry system in the country. 24 vessels for the 7 regular routes. Longest one-way run is 2.5 hours.
And all free!

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 09:09 PM


North Carolina has the second largest state-owned ferry system in the country. 24 vessels for the 7 regular routes. Longest one-way run is 2.5 hours.
And all free!

Nope. Three are toll, and four are free. To answer a previous question, three cross rivers, three connect the Outer Banks to the mainland, and one connects the Outer Banks.



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Posted 10 August 2013 - 10:17 PM

Bucket list item for me is to take the Cape May-Lewes ferry from Lewes, leaving my car in Lewes, explore Cape May then back to Lewes.


Any fan of ferries shud DEF have the S.S. Badger on their "bucket list"
1) Still COAL-FIRED
2) RR heritage
3) 4+ hour trip X a great lake (can't see shore for hous)
4) Great crew
5) Historic boat
6) Pretty nice lakeshore ports of origin (Michigan nicer of the two)
7) Can camp out on lounge chair on bow
8) Cabins ava for night trips (flat bed still nice, or if you have little kids)
9) Food & Bev ava on board
9-A) JUST DO IT!

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 10:32 PM

Well, considering Lewes is about 2-2-1/2 hrs from me and I haven't done that one in the 40+ years I've lived on DE, The Badger will just have to wait. :giggle:

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 11:02 PM

An easy train to ferry connection is the summer ferry from Port Kent, NY (Adirondack) to Burlington, VT. The ferry is only a hundred yards or so from the train.

I tried to check the fair for the Adirondack for next June and Amtrak.com says they do not have trains running from NYP to PRK on that date. Is the Adirondack being discontinued before next summer?

 

The Port Kent stop is seasonal and coordinates with the ferry service.  It is possible that Amtrak has not confirmed the dates for next summer's ferry operation and has not loaded the Port Kent stop into the system.  If you check service to Plattsburgh, you'll see that the train is operating.

OK, thanks I will just wait and plan it later. I may even add the Plattsburg-Grand Isle ferry to my November trip. I would love to travel on the lake in the cold weather. Yes I am crazy.

 

I think that ferry does not run in the winter. The lake freezes up and the ferry would get stuck.

 

If you're really cary about the cold, maybe VIA Rail's Hudson Bay up to Churchill will give you a thrill.

 


North Carolina has the second largest state-owned ferry system in the country. 24 vessels for the 7 regular routes. Longest one-way run is 2.5 hours.
And all free!

Nope. Three are toll, and four are free. To answer a previous question, three cross rivers, three connect the Outer Banks to the mainland, and one connects the Outer Banks.

 

Thanks. It would have been pretty foolish to run a 2.5 hour ferry with no fares. I bet a lot of people ride that one for fun more than actual transport.

 

Bucket list item for me is to take the Cape May-Lewes ferry from Lewes, leaving my car in Lewes, explore Cape May then back to Lewes.


Any fan of ferries shud DEF have the S.S. Badger on their "bucket list"
1) Still COAL-FIRED
2) RR heritage
3) 4+ hour trip X a great lake (can't see shore for hous)
4) Great crew
5) Historic boat
6) Pretty nice lakeshore ports of origin (Michigan nicer of the two)
7) Can camp out on lounge chair on bow
8) Cabins ava for night trips (flat bed still nice, or if you have little kids)
9) Food & Bev ava on board
9-A) JUST DO IT!

 

Do it before it's gone! I haven't done it yet!


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Posted 11 August 2013 - 12:55 AM

As an alternate to I-95 returning from South Florida a few years ago, we took the "Ocean Highway".....we were on two ferries to cross the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  We then took the Lewes-Cape May Ferry from Delaware to NJ.  The boat we were on was an old steamer from the Little Creek-Cape Charles run that was eliminated by the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel we had driven.   All in all, a refreshing respite from the monotony of the Interstate....

 

Prince Edward Island is now connected to New Brunswick by the Confederation Bridge.   We took the overnite Marine Atlantic ferry "Joseph and Clara Smallwood" from North Sydney N.S. to Channel-Port Aux Basque, Newfoundland.  She was brand new at the time (1989), and when I just looked her up on Wiki was surprised to see she was scrapped in 2011--a rather short life IMHO.......

 

We have also sailed on Washington State Ferries, British Columbia ferries, and the Clipper from Victoria to Seattle.  I have been on the Badger when she was still run by the C&O Ry. from Milwaukee to Ludington.   Have been on the SF Bay ferries as well.

 

The opposite in value of the Staten Island Ferry must be the ripoff, (IMHO),  Shelter Island (NY) ferries....$10. for a car for the short ride to get onto the island, and another $10. to get off on the other end.

I believe it is done to discourage people from going that way.  I think island residents get a large discount....

 

Other interesting ferries go to Nantucket, and Martha's Vineyard.  Another freebie is the Governor's Island Ferry where you can take a tour of Fort Jay and the historic parts of the island, with spectacular views of lower Manhattan and New York Harbor.

 

Hmmm.  I keep thinking of more....there is the Quebec City to Levis ferry....

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 05:07 AM

Lots of good info has been posted here for ferry fans. Thanks all.

 

In Wisconsin, WIS DOT lists the Lake Michigan Ferries (I rode the "Ludington Ferry" about 50 years back and remember watching (from the fantail) the boxcars being loaded)  Do ride the Badger if you have opportunity.

There's also in Wisconsin the Merrimac (free) ferry (cable) across the Wisconsin River between Madison and the Wisconsin  Dells   and Devils Lake vacation areas. (rode it several times in automobile and once with bicycle)

There's a few more - see their website - two to islands in the north, one the Cassville - never heard of it before - crosses from Cassville WI to Turkey Creek IA.

 

Does anyone know of other unexpected inland ferries?

 

I've used the Washington State ferries many times, the Staten Island ferry a few times, and a few times on the NC system at Currituck and Hatteras-Okracoke (Okracoke is a barrier island south from Hatteras -- not a weird soft drink with slippery mouthfeel)

 

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 08:01 AM

Heres the ferries between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

The day crossing takes 5 hours:

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 08:02 AM


.......and the overnight crossing takes 7 hours:

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 08:08 AM

Until the 1980’s, the ferries were operated by CN and also carried rail-cars.

 

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 08:24 AM

I and my family rode the ferry from Nova Scotia to Bar Harbor Maine.

 

The Ferry between Maine and Nova Scotia will probably be back in summer 2014 but it won’t be a “Cat” It couldn’t accommodate the trucks required to make the service feasible and had limited room for RV’s.

 

The new ferry they are proposing will have bars, casino, entertainment and buffet dining......a mini-cruise.

 

Here’s the Cat in summer 2008 at Yarmouth.....just arriving from Maine.

 

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 08:47 AM

Here’s the "Chi-Cheemaun" or: “The Big Canoe” in Ojibwe.

 

It crosses a portion of Lake Huron between Tobermory and Manitoulin Island, Ontario.

 

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