Marine Atlantic announces three per cent fare increase

Brodie Thomas editor@gulfnews.ca
Published on February 10, 2014
Marine Atlantic

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

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.”