All aboard: Sail on this luxury catamaran from Vancouver to Victoria (PHOTOS)

Sep 3 2019, 10:11 am

As much as we love Vancouver, we adore the fact that you can swap city life for island life on a whim.

No plans this weekend? Perfect: Victoria is calling your name. Since the city is home to an abundance of quaint cafes, boutiques, and waterfront restaurants, you’ve got plenty of opportunities to try something new. You can even put yourself in full tourist mode and explore The Butchart Gardens while you’re there.

Of course, the journey is just as important as the destination. That’s why V2V Vacations launched its catamaran cruise experience, allowing you to enjoy a relaxing journey across the water.

The luxury cruise boat operates daily, and it’s the only one of its kind offering cross-Salish cruises from downtown Vancouver to Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Don’t worry if you haven’t been aboard the 242-seat V2V Empress yet — we’re about to give you a mini virtual tour.

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V2V Vacations wants you to stay connected during your journey, which is why they offer complimentary Wi-Fi. This makes working on projects or joining conference calls a seamless experience on-the-go.

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You also get to take one carry-on and one piece of luggage on board with you, so there’s no need to worry about rolling everything into one backpack.

Above all else, the vessel has been designed for maximum comfort, with soft leather seats that you can sink into.

V2V Vacations/Image by Julian Kenchenten

V2V Vacations/Image by Julian Kenchenten

Don’t worry about bringing snacks for the journey, which takes a total of three hours and 30 minutes to complete. You can choose from a menu filled with mouthwatering local foods and delicious pastries (our personal favourites).

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Sip on a local craft beer or a glass of BC wine as you cruise through the Strait of Georgia, taking in postcard-worthy views along the way.

V2V Vacations/Image by Julian Kenchenten

V2V Vacations/Image by Julian Kenchenten

To make the experience even simpler for locals who frequently travel to Victoria, V2V Vacations recently launched a dedicated loyalty program and special rates for BC residents. The 2019 Salish Pass lets you experience four one-way sailings in Premium Class for $299, as well as receive 50% off Royal and Premium Class sailings until October 31, 2019.

It also entitles you to first pick of season passes for 2020, so you can start planning future trips sooner.

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For more information and to buy your 2019 Salish Pass, visit V2V Vacations now. You deserve it (and the countless Instagram opportunities on the cruise boat’s sundeck).

V2V Vacations/Image by Julian Kenchenten