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Alaska Ferry Specials: 30% Saving Plus the driver travels FREE

30% DISCOUNT ON ROUND TRIPS Nov/07- March /08 
PLUS, the DRIVER TRAVELS FREE

JUNEAU, AK: Alaska Marine Ferries
Starting November 1st, passengers who purchase a “mirror image” round trip on the ferries to and inside Alaska will receive a 30% discount on their full price adult or child passenger and vehicle fare.
The discount applies to all travel from Bellingham and Prince Rupert and extends throughout the system

Tickets can be purchased any time on line at www.ferrytravel.com, or by calling toll-free 1-800-686-0446

Travel must commence on or after November 1st, 2007 and be complete on or before March 31st, 2008.

BC Ferries Summer schedule extended thru Labour Day Long Weekend

VICTORIA –BC Ferries’ is extending its peak summer schedule through Labour Day
From August 31 to September 4, over 265 sailings are scheduled between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island to accommodate long weekend demands.
Extra service is also scheduled between Horseshoe Bay and Langdale, as well as the Southern Gulf Island routes.

The Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay route, the busiest route in the fleet, will continue to be served by four vessels operating daily through Sunday, September 9.
Reservations are recommended (1.888.223.3779) for customers requiring e a specific sailing as part of their long weekend

Alaska FERRY Advisory

Alaska Ferry Travel
Resulting from the early removal of the MV Columbia from service for the balance of the Summer/Fall season, space on the MV Malaspina travelling north from Bellingham WA into Alaska, and south from Alaska to Bellingham, is unusually tight.

Travellers planning ferry travel into or out of Alaska are advised to make their booking requests asap.

Online booking is available at www.ferrytravel.com or an agent can help with bookings by phone at 1-800-686-446

ALASKA MARINE FERRY ADVISORY

Alaska Marine Ferry: Juneau AK

The M/V Columbia has been removed from service for the remainder of the summer season due to mechanical problems.
Passengers with existing reservations are being contacted via e-mail or by telephone.
Where possible, passengers are being re-booked onto other vessels or advised to seek alternative methods of travel.
If you have an existing reservation aboard the M/V Columbia, contact the reservation department at 1-800-642-0066 
 

New Vessels for BC Ferries

VICTORIA –BC Ferries
BC Ferries reports that the first of 3 new Super C-class vessels, the Coastal Renaissance, will depart the shipyard in Flensburg, Germany on September 21.
Upon leaving the shipyard, the ships will make stops in London, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle, where major promotional events will take place.

The Coastal Renaissance is expected to arrive in British Columbia mid-November 2007 and is scheduled to be in service on the Departure Bay (Nanaimo) – Horseshoe Bay  (West Vancouver) ferry route in early 2008.

A second vessel, Coastal Inspiration, scheduled to serve the Duke Point (Naniamo) – Tsawwassen (Vancouver) ferry run is expected to arrive three months later, and to be in service in the spring.

The third Super C-class vessel, Coastal Celebration, is expected to arrive and begin service summer 2008.
She will serve the Swartz Bay (Victoria) - Tsawwassen (Vancouver) ferry route

Titanic:The Artifact Exhibition at the Royal BC Museum

Victoria BC : April 14, 2007- October 14, 2007
Spend a day or few in Victoria to explore:
Titanic:
The Artifact Exhibition at the Royal BC Museum

This exhibition features more than 275 artifacts recovered from Titanic’s undersea resting place in a series of galleries that trace the life of the “unsinkable” ship – from its design and construction through to its discovery, recovery and conservation.
 
As visitors climb the gangplank, boarding passes in hand, they become immersed in the passenger experience. Authentically recreated first- and third-class corridors and cabins, outdoor café and boiler room are appointed with artifacts recovered from the shipwreck site 3,800 metres below the surface of the North Atlantic Ocean.

The Royal BC Museum is the first venue in Western Canada to present this assembly of artifacts collected by RMS Titanic Inc., the only company in the world authorized to recover artifacts from the Titanic wreck site. RMS Titanic Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Premier Exhibitions Inc.

Ferry or ferry /hotel package information is available through info@ferrytravel.com 

Duke Point - Tsawwassen: Save 35% July 18/07

VICTORIA – BC Ferries is offering its commercial customers a 35 per cent fare discount on Wednesday, July 18 on the Duke Point (Nanaimo) – Tsawwassen route in celebration of the Queen of Alberni’s return to service after a seven-month, $40 million mid-life upgrade.

The discount applies to all buses and commercial vehicles over 5500 kg gross vehicle weight travelling on both vessels servicing the Duke Point – Tsawwassen route all day on July 18. Commercial reservations are not required, but are recommended.

BC Ferries Summer Schedule Commences June 27

VICTORIA – BC Ferries
Summer season begins for BC Ferries on Wednsday, June 27
Increased sailings will be scheduled on all major routes and with four vessels providing up to 16 sailings per day from both the Vancouver and Victoria ferry terminals (Tsawwassen  - Swartz Bay) wait times should be diminished

A third vessel on the Vancouver – Nanaimo ferry route (Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay) will enjoy 3 additional sailings per day from each side.

Seattle-Victoria Ferry Special

Seattle-Victoria Mid-Week Special  $340.00 USD
Package price based on 2 adults travelling mid week includes:
- Round-trip ferry from Seattle to Victoria
- 1 night's accommodation at the Travellers Inn Inn downtown Victoria
- Combination city / Butchart Gardens tour 
- Transfer between hotel and pier in Victoria
- All applicable taxes, luggage Handling
Some restrictions may apply & all offers are subject to availability
Offer applies to travel completed prior to June 29/07

BC Ferries accommodates both smokers and non smokers

VICTORIA – BC Ferries has announced that as of June 18, 2007, smoking on the outer decks of ferries servicing the major routes between Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and the Sunshine Coast will be permitted in designated areas only.
Smoking is not permitted in the interior areas or on the vehicle decks of any BC Ferries' vessels.

Mike Corrigan, BC Ferries’ Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer says "By moving to designated smoking areas, we are providing options for our smoking and non-smoking customers who wish to enjoy the outside passenger decks." 

Discovery Coast Season Extended

VICTORIA: BC Ferries
BC ferries has announced an extention of their seasonal Discovery Coast Passage service between Port Hardy and Bella Coola.
With 7 extra sailings, service will now end with the September 17 sailing instead of Sept 01

The Discovery Coast Passage route is a seasonal service that normally operates fromearly June through to the beginning of September.
The additional two weeks of service in September are designed to attract extra visitors in the fall, and to encourage them to take full advantage of this beautiful area of the province.

For additional information call 1-800-686-0446 or book online at
www.ferrytravel.com


Canada / US Border Information Update

US passport rule on hold, for Americans only

Senior homeland security officials in the US have announced they will temporarily suspend a rule requiring American air travellers to have a passport to re-enter the United States from Canada and Mexico.

The move is aimed at clearing a massive backlog in passport applications at the US state department.
Despite the temporary suspension, Canadian air travellers will still need passports to enter the US.
 
US & Canadian citizens crossing the border by land or sea do not require a passport until Jan 2008