V2V Vacations, a private luxury ferry service, has ended its operations between downtown Vancouver to Victoria’s Inner Harbour.
The high-end passenger ferry, which offered daily seasonal sailings between March and October, will not be returning this year and has immediately ceased business.
In a statement, V2V Vacations General Manager Julian Wright said the company’s “continued operation is simply not economically viable.”
“As a management team, our commitment and focus has been on improving the overall health of our operations, with considerable efforts made over the past number of years to develop the service successfully,” he said.
“Our improved product and enhanced marketing efforts resulted in phenomenal double-digit growth in passenger numbers in 2019 and outstanding guest feedback. Sincere thanks to our extended team in contributing to such significant achievements.”
The 242-seat V2V Empress’s travel time of fewer than three hours and thirty minutes aimed to offer passengers a more time-effective and comfortable travel experience between Vancouver and Victoria.
Launched in 2017, the V2v excursion included Wi-Fi, ergonomic leather seating with USB ports and power outlets at every seat, luggage storage, commentary on local nature and culture, access to the 360-degree sundeck, and an on-board menu featuring fresh local foods, BC wines and local craft beers.
“Travellers who have purchased tickets will be fully refunded by calling our toll free number +1 855 554 4679 or emailing hello@v2vvacations,” said the company.
V2v says customers can make alternative travel plans with BC Ferries and Harbour Air.
More information can be found on V2V’s website.
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