While customers have been able to use debit at BC Ferries terminals for some time, the ability to purchase anything onboard has been limited to those with cash or credit card only.
That all changed on Wednesday, as a BC Ferries announced it was testing the use of debit service on its most popular sailing between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay.
The corporation confirmed the announcement via Twitter, saying that debit service are live on the Spirit of BC vessel and that it will be “all systems go” onboard the ship beginning tomorrow morning.
This week we’re starting a trial of accepting debit cards onboard vessels travelling between #Tsawwassen & #SwartzBay 🤗. We’re live on the Spirit of BC & remaining vessels on this route will be all systems go on their first sailings tomorrow #BCFerries ^kb pic.twitter.com/6AqfJMgw7z
— BC Ferries (@BCFerries) October 17, 2018
Online reaction to the announcement was swift, with many expressing their excitement at the news.
clam chowder for everyone. 🔥
— Jenelle (@cakebot) October 17, 2018
I for one would like to welcome BC Ferries to 1993. https://t.co/VbMRoVFMH7
— Donnasaurus Fox (@donnamatrix) October 17, 2018
It would seem more British Columbians are excited today about debit on board @BCFerries than they are about cannabis legalization.
— Dave White (@CBCDaveWhite) October 17, 2018
Wow! Almost 2 decades into this century. Hurray for progress! I can’t wait to get around the Island using my Garmin GPS
— Bob Addison (@riobobbo) October 17, 2018
What a time to be alive.