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Saturday, April 14, 2007
Victoria BC: April 14 - Oct 16 -Titanic:The Artifact Exhibition

Victoria BC: Royal BC Museum
On April 14, 2007 – 95 years to the day the Titanic struck the iceberg that sent it to the ocean floor, the Royal BC Museum will launch a six-month presentation of Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.

Through a series of galleries tracing the life of the “unsinkable” ship, the exhibition features 281 artifacts recovered from Titanic’s undersea resting place  

Authentically recreated first and third-class corridors, cabins and the outdoor café are appointed with artifacts recovered from the shipwreck site 3,800 metres below the surface of the North Atlantic Ocean.
With boarding passes in hand museum visitors become immersed in the passenger experience as they climb the gangplank.

Email info@ferrytravel.com to book a ferry/museum package


 


Monday, April 09, 2007
MV Northern Adventure space selling quickly

Superb foods 

 Luxury Cabins  

  Relaxed Dining

BC FERRIES: Victoria BC
Commencing the 15 hr service between Port Hardy & Prince Rupert on May 18, BC Ferries' newest vessel the MV Northern Adventure sets a new standard for ferry travel along the Inside Passage.
To secure space booking for the summer period should be completed asap.
For help email info@ferrytravel.com


Friday, April 06, 2007
April Ferry Specials @40% off: Vancouver - Victoria

BC Ferries: Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen Specials:
$20 for vehicles (up to 20' ) : $5.00 for passengers on the following sailings
Sat April   07 at 3:00pm; 5:00pm; 7:00pm, & 9:00pm
Sun April  08 at 7:00am &  9:00am
Tue April  10 at 1:00pm & 3:00pm
Sat April  14 at 5:00pm; 7:00pm &  9:00pm
Sun April 15 at 7:00am &  9:00am
Sat April  21 at 5:00pm; 7:00pm &  9:00pm
Sun April 22 at 7:00am &  9:00pm
Sat April  28 at 5:00pm; 7:00pm &  9:00pm
Sun April 29 at 7:00h &  0900h


Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Mill Bay Ferry Service Temporarily Suspended

BC Ferries : Victoria  
Beginning Tuesday April 10, 2007 service between Mill Bay and Brentwood Bay will be temporarily suspended
A scheduled major refit will keep the MV Mill Bay in drydock until early May when service will resume 


Monday, April 02, 2007
BC Ferries offering savings of up to 40% for Easter Weekend Travel

VICTORIA – BC Ferries is gearing up for the Easter long weekend
With individual passenger fares of $5.00 & passenger vehicle fares of $20, BC Ferries is offering savings of up to 40% off regular fares for specific sailings between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay

In anticipation of heavy Easter traffic, additional sailings are scheduled on the Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay and Horseshoe Bay – Langdale routes
To accommodate traffic on
Good Friday and Easter Monday ,mid-day sailings will also be added on the Earls Cove – Saltery Bay route.
Visit www.bcferries.com for saving & schedule details


Monday, April 02, 2007
Drivers Travel free on Round Trips

Alaska Marine Highway System: Juneau, Alaska
The licensed driver of a passenger vehicle, including motorcycles will be allowed to travel FREE when accompanying a drivable vehicle on a “mirror image” round trip itinerary between any two Alaska Marine Highway ports.
A mirror image round trip itinerary is defined as travel from Port A to Port B and then Port B to Port A.

Please note however that after initial travel has begun, cancellation of either the driver or vehicle on the return segment of the round trip will invalidate the promotional Driver Free discount on both segments.


Monday, April 02, 2007
Alaska Marine Raises Rates by 3.2%

Alaska Marine: Juneau Alaska
Chatter "on the waves" for some time has been a fare increase on all Alaska Marine Highway system services
On April 01 the chatter because a reality, and bookings made after April 01 for any travel on the Alaska Marine ferries after June 30, will now cost an additional 3.2%.  

 


Thursday, March 29, 2007
WSF Introduces Electronic Ticketing
Wave2Go
Washington State Ferries introduced their new electronic fare collection system to positive reviews yesterday.
With the new Wave2Go system foot passengers go to a kiosk, enter their destination to buy a boarding pass with their credit card, then swipe the pass thru the turnstiles.  
Gone are the days of waiting in line as someone struggles through their purse or wallet trying to find a credit card.

Thursday, March 29, 2007
Waitlists started for Summer travel on the Alaska Ferries

Alaska Marine Highway System: Juneau, AK
Cabin & Vehicle space is now very tight for most of the summer sailings from Bellingham WA into Alaska and from Juneau Alaska across the Gulf of Alaska to Whittier. For more information email info@ferrytravel.com 


Thursday, March 22, 2007
Nanaimo-Vancouver High-Speed Ferry Service Due To Return



SEALINK FERRY CORP
:
Nanaimo BC
Ed Life of SeaLink Ferry Corp has announced that high-speed passenger ferry service between downtown Nanaimo & downtown Vancouver will be in place prior to summer 2007

Sporting a brand new Dutch built engine and operating under new ownership, the 40 meter, high-speed catamaran originally operated by HarbourLynx, must complete sea trials & a Transport Canada inspection prior to anticipated service commencement in May 
Amenities on board inclyude a snack& coffee bar, washrooms & lounge style seating

 


Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Alaska Marine 2007 Sumer Special

Alaska Marine 2007 Sumer Special:
On any round trip between 01 May  - 30 Sept, the licensed driver of any passenger vehicle, (including motorcycles) will travel FREE when making a “mirror image” round trip between any two ports served by Alaska marine  ferries.
A mirror image round trip is defined as travel from Port A to Port B with a matched reverse return ( eg Bellingham -Haines, Haines - Bellingham).

Summer vehicle space sells out early so look at your calanders and if this is special fits your plans, reserve space asap 1-800-686-0446
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Sunday, March 18, 2007
MV Northern Adventure is magnificent

                  

BC FERRIES: Victoria BC
Amongst the amenities on BC Ferries' newest vessel MV Northern Adventure are internet access, spacious 2 & 4 berth (bed) cabins; a gourmet café, childrens' playroom, boutique newsstand and flat screen TVs located throughout the ship.
The ship will serve the 15hr Port Hardy-Prince Rupert route from May through September and for the balance of the year serve the Queen Charlotte Islands.

This is a magnificent vessel, travelling a spectacular route. For more information go to www.ferrytravel.com/insidepassage.htm

 


Sunday, March 18, 2007
Ferry Travel popularity increases

Travel by ferry is becoming increasingly more popular.  Always an acceptable, if not preferred means of travel in Britain and Europe, numerous ferry companies do operate in North America, and now a west coast website is providing an efficient and effective means of both booking ferry travel and collecting ferry information

An interesting aspect of travel by ferry is that information on ferry services is usually less well known to travellers (or agents) than the services of other forms of transport - perhaps because there is usually only one operator serving each route

http://www.ferrytravel.com is an informative website that covers all major ferry operators (public and private) in British Columbia, Washington and Alaska. 
It also offers suggestions for accommodation on each port page, along with live links to the properties on the various itineraries which enable a quick and easy search of recommended lodging for any ferry served port.  Additionally, there is a brief summary on each port served by a ferry.

The site has a secure online booking engine which makes getting quotes or booking a reservable ferry in BC, WA or AK practically effortless.


Friday, March 16, 2007
BC Ferries, Victoria BC: MV Northern Adventure on Show

Artists rendering of the MV Northern Adventure


BC Ferries' newest ferry serving the Inside Passage between Port Hardy and Prince Rupert will commence service March 31, 2007.
Purchased in Greece and refitted in Victoria BC, the MV Northern Adventure will be introduced to the public in various ports along the coast through a series of "open houses".  All are welcome 
Visit the MV Northern Adventure at the following locations:
-Vancouver at Canada Place March 17 between 2:30-5:00pm
-Skidegate at the BC Ferries terminal March 27, 2:00pm -6:00pm
-Prince Rupert at the BC Ferries Terminal March 28, 2:00pm - 6:00pm
-McLoughlin Bay at the BC Ferries Terminal March 29, 2:00pm - 6:00pm
-Port Hardy at the BC Ferries Terminal March 28, 2:00pm - 6:00pm


Thursday, March 15, 2007
Ferry Booking Tips

OnLine Ferry Booking Tips for Alaska, BC, Seattle WA & Victoria ferries
Ferry Tickets
1)      Early booking is the key to the lowest fares on routes like Seattle- Victoria
2)      Tue-Thu travel is usually less expensive for the shorter routes
3)      Always book the BC & Alaska Inside Passage ASAP, to secure space
4)      Late evening travel is often discounted between Vancouver & Victoria
5)      Alaska bookings require date of birth, 1st, middle & last name & citizenship
6)      when booking vehicles, the total length, width & height is required
Package Specials
1)      Hotel-ferry packages usually provide best pricing & significant savings  
2)      Packages can include hotels at the departure &/or arrival ports
3)   Seattle-Victoria-Vancouver packages include land transportation
Port Hotels
1) Accommodation in
Port Hardy on ferry nights is often sold out: book early
2)
Prince Rupert hotel space must be booked early
Travel Insurance
1)      protects against unexpected trip cancellation or interruption
2)      best insurance pricing is often thru an auto association
3)      when used to book some credit cards include trip insurance 
Customs crossing in Haines Alaska
travellers departing the ferry in Haines and headed N to Anchores should be aware that Canadian customs is open 0700 thru 2300h.

 

 

 

 

 


Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Passport Requirements for travel by ferry

Passport Requirements for ferry travel between the US & Canada
Until the year 2008, US & Canadian citizens do not need a passport to travel on a ferry between the two countries.

Although a passport is always preferable, picture ID and Proof of citizenship, e.g. a certified copy of your birth certificate and a government issued ID such as a driver’s license is sufficient to cross the border by ferry.
Be aware however that if you are travelling between any two countries on any airline, even a float plane, you are required to carry a passport.


Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Port Townsend- Keystone ferry services restored

Washington State Ferries' Port Townsend- Keystone services restored


After hull repairs at Todd Dry-dock, the MV Klickitat returned to service between Port Townsend & Keystone March 14, 2007 commencing with the 12:15pm sailing

Washington State Ferries had removed the vessel from service on Monday after a crack in the hull plating was detected.


Tuesday, March 13, 2007
40% Saving for vehicle & foot passenger travelling on BC Ferries

Vehicles travel  at 20.00 Passengers travel at 5.00
40% savings for foot passengers & standard vehicles to 20'on the following Tsawwassen - Swartz Bay sailings
March 26 through April 04            1pm; 3pm
Fri April 6th                                 7pm; 9pm
Sat April  7; 14; 21& 28;               5pm; 7pm; 9pm
Sat May 05 & 12;                        5pm; 7pm; 9pm|
Sun April 08; 22 & 29                   7am; 9am
Tue April  10                               1pm; 3pm
May 13                                       7am; 9am
Swartz Bay - Tsawwassen - Swartz Bay sailings


Monday, March 12, 2007
1st of 3 new C-Class ferries expected to commence service in late 2007

BC Ferries: Victoria BC   New Ferries Coming Soon
By the summer of 2008, 3 new vessels will have joined the BC Ferries fleet to provide the best possible service between the busy Tsawwassen terminal in Vancouver and the Swartz Bay terminal in Victoria

The double ended ferries will carry 370 vehicles and approximately 1,650 passengers.
The largest and most advanced of their type in the world, these Super C-class vessels will offer a variety of amenities including gift shops, children’s playrooms, a business (“quiet”) section and dining options from 2 passenger decks.
Watch for updated information on the MV Coastal Renaissance; MV Coastal Inspiration and MV Coastal Celebration


Thursday, February 22, 2007
Downtown Nanaimo to Downtown Vancouver Ferry Service Returns

SEALINK CORP : Nanaimo, BC
Ed Life of SeaLink Ferry Corp has announced that high-speed passenger ferry service between downtown Nanaimo & downtown Vancouver will be back in place prior to summer 2007

The 40 meter, high-speed catamaran purchased from HarbourLynx is sporting a brand new Dutch built engine & must complete sea trials & a Transport Canada inspection prior to the anticipated service commencement in May

Amenities on board include a snack & coffee bar, washrooms and relaxing recliner-style chair seating.


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