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BC Ferries newest vessel in Vancouver for open house

Victoria BC: BC Ferries
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 Canada Place 

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 Germany by the corporation.
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 Documents

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

Temporary suspension of travel on BC Ferries Hardy, Rupert, & Queen Charlottes routes

BC Ferries: Victoria BC Canada
All travel on the BC Ferries motor vessel Northern Adventure between Port Hardy, Prince Rupert & the Queen Charlottes has been temporarily suspended following an engine shutdown.

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 Greece and launched it on the northern routes in March 2007

Alaska Marine reduces sailings from Washington State into Alaska

Sitka Alaska: Alaska Marine Highway
Sita news reports that Alaska Marine has proposed cancelling the Tuesday sailing that traditionally operated between Bellingham Washington & Alaska during the busy May - September travel period.

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 for current information

Release of 2008 Alaska ferry schedules delayed to February

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 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 

Ferry Fare Savings on BC Ferries

Victoria BC Canada:  BC Ferry Corp

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 Swartz Bay (Victoria).

Over 275 ferry sailings between the Lower mainland & Vancouver Island will be discounted this holiday season.

Details on BC Ferries Newest Vessel

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

BC Ferries  MV Coastal Renaissance
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 


Coastal Renaissance: Newest ship in the BC Ferry Fleet

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 

Built in Germany, 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.
She is slated to enter service between Departure Bay (Nanaimo) and Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver in early spring 2008.

BC Ferries: New C Class Vessel arrives into 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.


Seattle-Victoria Ferry Out of Service Jan 03 thru Jan 17, 2008

Seattle: Clipper
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 

Bellingham - Victoria ferry resumes sailings mid-May 2008

Bellingham WA: VSJC
The Bellingham to Victoria ferry service is now over for 2007 but will begin again mid May 2008. 
The 3 hr narrated trip to BCs capital city Victoria travels through the San Juan Islands and is enormously popular 
Travellers arriving into Bellingham on the Alaska Marine ferry at 0800h can walk to the adjacent pier in the Port of Bellingham and continue their ferry travels on board the Island Commuter bound for Victoria at 0900h