Pacific Maritime Magazine - Marine Business for the Operations Sector

Vancouver-Victoria Ferry Route Opened


July 1, 2017

New ferry operator V2V Vacations has placed the 254-passenger catamaran V2V Empress in service between downtown Vancouver, BC and Victoria, BC Photo courtesy of V2V.

In mid-May V2V Vacations, owned by Australia's Riverside Marine, launched an up-scale passenger-only ferry service between the Convention Centre dock in downtown Vancouver and the City of Victoria's Steamship Terminal on Vancouver Island using the 254-passenger catamaran V2V Empress ex-Famille Dufour II.

Although ticket prices for the 3.5 hour transit between the two cities had originally been estimated at around C$80 the final prices came in at C$120 in Premium Comfort class, C$199 in First Class and C$240 in Royal Class, with children's fares the same as adults fares in all classes except Premium Comfort.

Passengers in the First and Royal Classes are served a complimentary meal but the relatively high tariffs must be compared to the C$17.20 fare charged by BC Ferries for its 1.5 hour passage between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen, currently the main ferry route between the two BC destinations. V2V Vacations has indicated that it is looking for a second high-speed passenger catamaran to start operations in the summer of 2018 while Clipper Navigation, currently operating passenger-only services between Victoria and Seattle, has stated it plans to open a Vancouver - Victoria service next year using the 2003-built catamaran Halunder Jet, which can carry 579 passengers.


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