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Nanaimo-Vancouver High-Speed Ferry Service Due To Return

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


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

MV Northern Adventure is magnificent


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. 


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 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.

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

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
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.






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.

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

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

Downtown Nanaimo to Downtown Vancouver Ferry Service Returns

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.