Nova Star Cruises Ltd., the operator of daily cruise ferry service between Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and Portland, will offer free tours of its vessel, the Nova Star, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The tours will include the music of Nova Scotian musicians Killick and bagpipers from the Nova Scotia Highlanders and an appearance by Miss Maine. Attendees also will get chance to learn about Nova Scotia as a vacation destination and meet with representatives of hotels and resorts. Guests will also receive coupons for up to $100 off a trip on the Nova Star.

“Last year, hundreds of people lined up to go aboard and tour Nova Star,” said Mark Amundsen, CEO of Nova Star Cruises, “and this year we expect a similar turnout. It’s a great opportunity not only to see what our ship has to offer but also see why Nova Scotia is such a beautiful vacation destination.”

The Nova Star will begin its second season on Monday, departing from Portland’s Ocean Gateway terminal every day at 8 p.m. and returning each following day at 6:30 p.m. A special ribbon cutting and blessing of the ship will be held at 10:30 a.m.

To tour the Nova Star, all adults over 18 must show a government-issued photo identification and sign in and out with security personnel. Guests must wear sensible shoes – absolutely no flip-flops or high heels – because the walkway or deck surfaces may be uneven and slippery.