Marine Atlantic announces three per cent fare increase

Brodie Thomas
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As of April 1, it will cost travelers three percent more to cross the Cabot Strait on Marine Atlantic ferries.

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The Crown corporation released its rate schedule for 2014-2015 on Monday.

For a single adult passenger, the price will increase from  $42.25 to $43.43.

Two adults travelling with a vehicle will now pay $200.06, up from the previous price of $194.37.

A family of four, including two school-aged children, will pay $233.49, up $6.87 over the past season’s price.

The cost of berths is going up as well. Two- or four-berth cabins will now cost $126.50, an increase of $3.83 on the Port aux Basques night crossings. A price of a cabin on the day crossing will increase $1.35 to $53.30.

Prices are going up by a similar percentage on the Argentia run as well.

Marine Atlantic said the increases are necessary to reflect the increased costs associated with materials, supplies and labour. There is no increase to the fuel surcharge or security fee at this time. 

Hospitality NL spoke out against the price increases in a press release, noting fares have jumped 11 per cent in three years.

“Rate increases at Marine Atlantic have a double impact on the tourism industry,” said Hospitality NL Chair Darlene Thomas. “Increased cost for travellers to reach the province and its impact on demand, as well as increased cost of goods sold by operators, who rely on commercial users of MAI to bring their food, beverage, raw materials, etc. and who will now have to pay more for those items.”

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  • mellie
    February 26, 2014 - 13:52

    Simple the less people who use the service the more the cost will rise. My take on it. The price of cigs went up because they wanted people to quit or because they had to replace the revenue lost from the people who quit .People are choosing to fly cheaper

  • max
    February 13, 2014 - 16:29

    my take on it is if marine atlanticto begin with .they wouldn't have as many problems . the summer crossing is brutel has been for years they lose a lot of money every year with the delays . that's why they have to raise the rates so often .fix the problems befor they starte I say or have a good backup plan ..

  • max
    February 13, 2014 - 16:28

    my take on it is if marine atlanticto begin with .they wouldn't have as many problems . the summer crossing is brutel has been for years they lose a lot of money every year with the delays . that's why they have to raise the rates so often .fix the problems befor they starte I say or have a good backup plan ..

  • Jack
    February 10, 2014 - 21:12

    With Marine Atlantic gouging Newfoundlanders and Labradorians with increased ferry rates and reduced service without regulatory approval, perhaps now is the time for the Newfoundland and Labrador Government to start negotiating with Ottawa to take over the ferry service so that abuses against us in the hands of Marine Atlantic will never happen again. As long as we rely on Marine Atlantic to provide ferry service to Nova Scotia, we will continue to endure more abuse against Newfoundlanders and Labradorians in the hands of the Harper Government. Pricing will be determined based on the average cost to travel on road between two points like our existing Newfoundland and Labrador Government runned ferries.