25 June 2009

Adventure and Intrigue on the High Seas:  New Brunswick Museum and Bay Ferries Launch
“Fundy Treasure Hunters Program” for Youth


Bay Ferries’ Princess of Acadia and the New Brunswick Museum have created the “Fundy Treasure Hunter Program”, a new program for young passengers aboard the ship.  Aimed at kids five to nine years old, the program is brimming with high-seas adventure and information about the Bay.  

“Fundy Treasure Hunters” will feature swashbuckling adventures presented in a way uniquely suited to young passengers.  Little buccaneers will receive a “Bay of Fundy Treasure Hunter” kit consisting of an activity book, animation schedule, scavenger hunt information, chocolate coins and coupons offering special values in shipboard shops and restaurants.  There is a recommended donation of $2 for the Treasure Hunter Kit, with proceeds supporting work of the Grand Manan Whale & Seabird Research Station.

Families who use the vouchers included will find more pleasant surprises await when they visit the New Brunswick Museum, including a memorable framed photo of their day discovering the Bay of Fundy. 

At the “Little Mates Quarters,” the Princess of Acadia’s children’s activity area, digging for booty in the treasure chest will pay off.  Children will also have a chance to write letters to the Captain of the ship, and wonderful letters might just win an invitation to the bridge. 

The partnership between Bay Ferries and the New Brunswick Museum, now in its 3rd year, allows passengers of all ages to learn more about Bay of Fundy while encouraging them to stay longer in the region. Museum staff offer bilingual animation on the ship from late June until Labour Day, using costumed characters, music, storytelling, artifacts and historic photographs to interpret the Bay of Fundy’s natural science and human history. 

“More than 13,000 passengers experienced the New Brunswick Museum program aboard the Princess of Acadia in the past two years,” said Jane Fullerton, Director and CEO of the New Brunswick Museum.  “We definitely saw an increase in museum visits as a result.”

The Princess of Acadia, operated by Bay Ferries Limited, has also announced a new schedule for 2009, building on efforts of Bay Ferries and tourism operators on both sides of the Bay to improve tourism information delivery.  Visitors will have more scheduling options, allowing greater flexibility in touring the entire Bay of Fundy region.

Visit www.acadiaferry.com to view the 2009 sailing schedule.

For further information, contact:

Debbie Rathwell, Bay Ferries Limited
(506) 849-4062
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Vita Kipping
Community Relations
New Brunswick Museum
(506) 643 2358
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