A new ferry that will travel between southwestern Nova Scotia and Maine is expected to arrive in Yarmouth next week.

Nova Star Cruises says its vessel, Nova Star, will dock at the town's terminal Tuesday, allowing residents to see the 161-metre ferry for the first time.

The vessel is arriving after a month-long journey from Singapore.

A welcoming ceremony has been planned upon its arrival, and public tours of the vessel are planned for next Wednesday.

The ferry is scheduled to begin making daily, round-trip crossings between Yarmouth and Portland, Maine on May 15.

The provincial government has committed $21 million over seven years to support the ferry service.