BC Ferries will offer fare savings every Sunday through March 2008 on both the 0700h and 0900h sailings between Vancouver's Tsawwassen terminal and Victoria's Swartz Bay terminal
The special fares will provide a saving of $5.00 for each passenger & 15.00 for each passenger vehicle
Victoria BC Canada: BC Ferries
The new carbon tax announced Feb 21,2008 will see B.C. Ferries will pay 2.76 per litre for light diesel fuel from July 1, 2008 rising to 8.27 cents in 2012.
This tax may well cause BC Ferries to raise their current fuel surcharge in the not to distant future
The current fuel surcharge on the Vancouver to Vancouver Island routes is currently $3.65 on a $47 fare, bringing the crossing total to $50.65
Far more significant however are the current surcharges on larger vehicles travelling between Port Hardy & Prince Rupert.
Northern route fuel surcharges on a vehicle fare of 300.00 are currently 34.10 and on a vehicle fare of 480.00 are 97.00.
The big question is will increased fuel charges negatively impact the tourist decision to gain access to Alaska by travelling Hardy - Rupert ?
Reduced fares to and from
Tsawwassen – Duke Point: all sailings 0700hrs thru 2100hrs February 15, 16 & 17
Victoria BC Canada: BC Ferries
Scheduled to officially commence service between Nanaimo's Departure Bay terminal & Vancouver’s Tsawwassen terminal mid March , the Coastal Renaissance will berth at Ogden Point in Victoria to give the public an early preview of the ship & her amenities.
From 12 noon to 5pm on February 09, 2008 the public is invited to an open house aboard the Super C class Coastal Renaissance.
Ogden Point, 187
Juneau, AK: Alaska Marine Ferries
Schedules and fares for the May - September 2008 summer sailings have just been release & are now available for booking.
Normally released in the late fall, the scheule delay has been blamed on the efforts of the State to bring the costs of operating the ferry system into line.
Alaska Marine advises that the following Tustumena sailings have been cancelled:
03 February 2008
04 February 2008 Cordova to
To get on to the Reservation Request List call 1.800.686.0446
In the first of three open houses, more than 4,000 visitors boarded B.C. Ferries newest vessel as she sat in Vancouvers' Coal Harbour beside
The MV Coastal Renaissance is able to carry 1,650 passengers and crew, & is the first of three Super C-class passenger/vehicle ferries ordered from
She is expected to begin service between West Vancouver & Nanaimo on Vancouver Island in March
Visitor comments were enthusiastic & ranged from, "It's huge -- it's amazing; & I like the colour of the interior” to "The passengers get the priority now, where before, the bridge always had the best view."
Border Crossing ID Reminder - Effective January 31, 2008
Canadian travellers are reminded that effective Jan. 31, 2008 oral declarations of citizenship alone will no longer be accepted by U.S. Customs.
Requirements for Canadian and US citizens seeking entry into the United States through a land or sea border will be as follows:
1) Canadian and US citizens ages 19 and older will need to present a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, along with proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate or naturalization certificate.
Children ages 18 and under will only be required to present proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate.
Passports and trusted traveller program cards – NEXUS, SENTRI and FAST – will continue to be accepted for cross-border travel.
All existing non-immigrant visa and passport requirements will remain in effect and will not be altered by this change. For further information, visit http://www.dhs.gov/xnews/releases/pr_1196711811270.shtm
BC Ferries: Victoria BC Canada
All travel on the BC Ferries motor vessel Northern Adventure between Port Hardy,
BC Ferries reports that the shutdown resulted from use of the wrong lubricating oil so was a human error and had nothing to do with the engine
BC Ferries bought the 117-metre ship from
Sita news reports that Alaska Marine has proposed cancelling the Tuesday sailing that traditionally operated between
The MV Columbia, which returns to service in May, will provide weekly service each Friday at 1800h (6:00pm) betweem Bellingham & Washington.
Travellers unable to get space on the Columbia in Bellingham will be encouraged to begin their travel up the Inside Passage from Prince Rupert BC.
Call 1-800-686-0446 or email email@example.com for current information
Juneau Alaska: Alaska Marine Due to severe weather conditions, the M/V Tustumena is running approximately 24 hours behind schedule.
The sailing scheduled for Saturday December 29, 2007 from Homer to Kodiak and return to Homer has been cancelled.
Travelers scheduled on the M/V Tustumena should call their local ferry terminal or (800) 642-0066 for the latest sailing and arrival information.
For information on Reservation Request Lists call 1.800.686.0446
Juneau, AK: Alaska Marine
It was announced today that the release of the Alaska Marine ferry timetables & fares for May thru September 2008 has been delayed until mid-February.
Travellers with an idea of approximately when they wish to travel are encouraged to call 1-800-686-0446 (toll free) or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register their names on the Space Request forms.
Travellers who have made a space/reservation request will be contacted on release of the 2008 schedules & all requests will be filled in priority sequence
CoastSaver fares will be available on all ferry sailings between the Tsawwassen (Vancouver) and Duke Point, (Nanaimo) terminals every day from December 19/07 though January 6/08.
During this period, customers will be able to save $5 per passenger and $15 per vehicle (Max length 20').
CoastSaver fares are also available on both the 07:00 am and 09:00 am Sunday ferry sailings between Tsawwassen (Vancouver) and
Over 275 ferry sailings between the Lower mainland & Vancouver Island will be discounted this holiday season.
VICTORIA – BC Ferries
More than 120 extra ferry sailings between 20 Dec & 06 January have been added to the regular schedules for travel between Vancouver, Victoria & Nanaimo
Although reservations are always optional they are recommended & especially for any travel on Dec 26 & 27th which are traditionally the busiest days of the year for ferry travel
Victoria: BC Ferries
Commencing March 2008, the newest vessel in the BC Ferries fleet MV Coastal Renaissance will serve the Vancouver - Nanaimo (Horseshoe Bay - Departure Bay) route
One of the largest double end type ferries in the world at 160 meters long & 28 meters wide, the Super C-Class vessel is able to carry approximately 1,600 passengers and 360 vehicles
Displaying a photographic invitation for the 2010 Olympic Games, the Coastal Renaissance sails into Vancouver prior to sailing to her new home in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island
Vancouver BC: BC Ferries
48 days after departing the shipyard in Germany where she was built, the newest ferry to join the BC Ferry fleet entered Burrard Inlet under the
Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver mid-day December 13, 2007
the Coastal Renaissance (as a Super-C class vessel the largest double ended ferry in the world), will hold 370 cars and 1,600 people. Germany,
She is slated to enter service between Departure Bay (
Nanaimo) and Horseshoe Bay in in early spring 2008. West Vancouver
Victoria BC: BC Ferries
BC Ferries new Super C-class ferry, Coastal Renaissance, has arrived in BC from Germany.
Showcasing a massive photographic invitation to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic games on her hull, the ship sailed under the Lions Gate Bridge around mid-day Dec 13.
After circling Vancouver Harbour for photographic opportunities she will make her way to her new home in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island
The newest vessel in the BC Ferries fleet was built in Germany and her voyage to British Columbia has included stops for refuelling at Brunsbuettel, Germany; Las Palmas, Canary Islands; and Cristobal, Panama.
The vessel went through the Panama Canal on November 21, and has travelled up the west coast of Central and North America to British Columbia.
Annual dry-dock service is scheduled between 03 January and 17 January, 2008 for the Seattle-Victoria ferry (Victoria Clipper).
Ferry service will resume between Seattle & downtown Victoria, January 18, 2008
Ferry Service to Vancouver Island from Washington State will be available during the 03 Jan-17 Jan period through both Anacortes (Reservations 206-464-6400) and Port Angeles ( Reservations 360-457-4491).
BC Ferries operates a minimum of 8 daily passenger/vehicle sailings, year-round between Vancouver (Tsawwassen Terminal) and Victoria (Swartz Bay terminal)
Reservations for Seattle- Victoria 2008 can be made at www.ferrytravel.com