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  • Fred Hup
    December 15, 2012 - 18:37

    Most vacationers travel in the summer but during the off season there is surplus passenger space. Most vacationers travel in the summer but during the off season there is surplus passenger space. Why not offer a multi trip off season discount card so Newfoundlanders who work in Nova Scotia can afford to go home more often. I used to make six trips a year when the cost per trip was reasonable. Now I make two crossings a year because of the cost. Ask McDonald’s about how to increase sales by offering a value service. They take a little money out of your pocket without trying to kill you all at once. How about Air Miles for off season trips, Marble Mountain Skier discount trip, etc.

  • david
    December 14, 2012 - 16:03

    BTW, dsiregrading the completely unsafe naturee of the new vessels (that issue won't get addressed until after one of them inevitably sinks ----classic government approach) has anyone noticed how completely beaten up and vandalized those "ctruise ships" are after just a coule of years? The WCs have gone from "laughably IKEA" to "horror movie highway gas station". Stall doors that have clearly been ripped off of hinges and rehung more than once. In the public areas, wood table tops and panelling are chipped everywhere some drunk could dig his nails in, the coating on the windows peeled wherever a braindead teenager could lift it up. The ships have been reduced back to floating scows in even less time than I would have bet. White linens, anyone?

  • W McLean
    December 13, 2012 - 18:14

    Labrador *IS* ''mainland Canada''.

    • Robin Matthews
      December 17, 2012 - 17:10

      Good point!

  • brian
    December 13, 2012 - 12:45

    One final comment, i can now see why the cost is so much "vice president of customer experience" guess there is also a president of customer experience! Too much fat pay cheques at the top!!! with people who keep the spin going and do not have the guts to tell it how it is!!!!

  • California Pete from NFLD
    December 13, 2012 - 12:16

    I gave up going to NL the darnn trip of the ferry cost got way out of hand. A $1000 bucks or more for my crosing with the moter home. Give it up sorry but no more for me

  • Barrelman
    December 13, 2012 - 10:22

    We relocated to Nova Scotia with the hope of someday moving back to Newfoundland. Forget it! The ferry is too damned expensive. After years as "frequent floaters" we're done with it and are content to stay on this side of the Cabot Strait. If we want to visit family in St. John's, there are plenty of seat sales offered on flights out of Halifax to St. John's.

  • Jack
    December 13, 2012 - 10:10

    Marine Atlantic has it self to blame for passenger traffic declines due to frequent fare and service charge increases that are well above the national average annual inflation rate often without regulatory approval, but they don't seem to care.

  • david
    December 13, 2012 - 07:58

    Marine Atlantic is a failed organization, a prime example of how inept and inefficient government can be. An 'Up and Down' year? When were the ups --- on paydays?

  • brian
    December 13, 2012 - 07:17

    people going south due to strenght of $, get real they see cost of ferry for vehicle and family both ways and say NO WAY!!!!. This service was put in place and supposed to cost no more than what it would cost to drive the same didtance. Then profit and greed sets in , no help from the Fed's . Just look at what it costs for us NFLDer's to get off this island , Shafted again , no one wants to fix it !!!!

    • Darlene
      December 13, 2012 - 07:52

      I agree with you 100% Brian. Our family travelled the ferry home every year sometimes twice a year. But with the price of the ferry, meals, gas & if you wanted to tow a trailer, forget it, cheapier to fly or go down south. Something needs to change, It has sure changed our vacations. Pretty sad when you can't afford to go home.