We slept in a little today and struck our campsite. We left a thank you note for the hospitality and drove into downtown Halifax. We spent the whole morning and early afternoon touristing around town. At a local brewery we refilled our growlers before hopping on the trans canada to Sidney, NS.
We found out very quickly that driving from Halifax to St. John’s isn’t really a common thing like driving from Victoria to Vancouver. Just to get to the ferry in NS is a 5 hour drive. Ferry is about 7.5 hours and then another 9-10 hour drive on Newfoundland.
First, we got to the ferry about two and half hours before the sailing. This was perfect, as you must check in at least two hours before departure. The ferry is about the size of a BC Ferries Queen, maybe a little smaller. But they start boarding cars over two hours before. Using no less than 12 deck hands on our car deck alone, it took them over two hours to load the boat.
The inside of the ferry was a whole different story. The “general” seating (ie cheapest) consisted of huge reclining chairs spaced out like an airplane, but with actual space between the seats. The chairs all faced a number of large flatscreen TVs. Of course, for an extra $100+ per person you could get a sleeper or a “reserved” seat in a special quiet section.
One of the other redeeming features was that they had a bar. So we of course grabbed a night cap before trying to sleep. It was a night sailing (11:45 pm), so they dimmed the lights and people pulled out pillows, sleeping bags in an attempt to sleep. The odd part though was after falling asleep awkwardly in my seat for about 20 minutes, I awoke shivering. They had turned off the heat in the cabin! It was about 10 degrees. I then resorted to bundling up more and grabbing a spot on the floor.
“They made BC Ferries look damn efficient”