Day 30-31 Ferry Crossing   Leave a comment

What an exciting day! This is the part of the trip that we did not get to complete last year. AND had never been on a ferry. AND, as a matter of fact, have never been on a cruise ship. This particular ferry was just like a cruise ship. It was built in 2002 and was used for ferry crossings between Germany and Sweden prior to Nova Scotia to Newfoundland.

Below is a photo of everyone beginning the lineup to go to the dock.

We arrived at the dock early to get in line. It took each RV a few minutes to get through the ticket booth, so we were probably lined up out into the street.

Once through the ticket booth, we were assigned rows to line up in. So close that you had to watch when you put your steps out to get into your RV while waiting.

Once we were given the “go ahead” sign, one by one we were assigned to drive into the upper deck of the lower deck. The photos below top, show the ramp going up to the upper deck. Bill and I were sent to the lower deck. We found that they park most of the RVs on the lower deck.

Pulling away from Nova Scotia was a beautiful sight. The once filled parking lot was almost empty. AND we could breathe normal again once all of our 20 RVs were onboard.

As we pulled away from the dock, we could see between the 2 red lights the upper and lower ramp the vehicles used to get onboard.

After we walked around the ship to see what it had to offer, we hit the sack.

We had a smooth ride, which took only about 16 hours. Beautiful sunset

We were unfortunately too tired to run out to the deck to take the photos, so they were taken from our dew-drop porthole.

Once we did finally get up and go out on deck, we were greeted by our guests walking their dogs.

Below is a photo of Bill and me playing with the life preserver before we got caught by a ship hand.

Our first sighting of Newfoundland,

pronounced “New-fund-land” not “New-fund-lund”,

As soon as we drove off the ship, we pulled over to make sure that all of our guests got off the ship safely. While walking back to take a picture, I “Newfie” posed for me saying he was the best looking thing in Newfoundland. HAHA

Below is a photo of our last guest driving off the ship.

It was quite interesting watching them load and unload the ship. They do it in just a little over an hour!

Our drive from the dock to St. John’s, our first stop in Newfoundland, was breath taking.

There seemed to be a lake or pond around every curve. No wonder they have so many moose, of which we haven’t seen one yet. Actually we did see a baby moose looking for mischief on the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia, but it happened too quick to get a photo.

Check out the “dust fog” we had to drive through while they were working on the access road.

We found out there is only one main highway on the island, so it’s a little difficult to get lost.


Posted July 31, 2011 by carolnbill in Adventure Caravans, RV, Travel

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