BC Ferries adds extra sailings for the summer

VICTORIA, June 18, 2014 /CNW/ - BC Ferries summer schedule begins June 25, with extra sailings on the major routes as well as additional service on the minor routes to ensure smooth sailing for summer holiday travellers.  Seasonal adjustments to sailing times will also be in effect on many routes. 

The TsawwassenSwartz Bay route, which is the busiest route in the fleet, will be serviced by four vessels that will provide up to 32 sailings per day.  The Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay route will be serviced by three ships that will deliver up to 22 sailings per day.  On the TsawwassenDuke Point route, two vessels will offer 16 sailings per day, seven days per week.

Summer service on the Horseshoe Bay – Langdale route includes an additional vessel providing extra sailings Thursday through Monday.  In addition, in order to meet peak demand between Metro Vancouver and the Southern Gulf Islands, a second ship is added for the summer sailing from Tsawwassen Thursday through Monday.    

"BC Ferries Vacations now offers 100 unique packages in 45 destinations bringing summer holiday travellers to the rugged North Coast and Haida Gwaii, the charming Gulf Islands as well as the vibrant cities of Vancouver and Victoria," said Janet Carson, BC Ferries' Vice President of Marketing and Travel Services.  "Among our newest offerings are tempting packages to the Okanagan Valley's wine country departing from Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast."  For details on BC Ferries Vacations, visit bcferries.com/vacations.  

BC Ferries has also released the results of its 2013 Customer Satisfaction Tracking Survey which indicates 87 per cent of customers surveyed on their recent trip reported being satisfied with their overall BC Ferries' experience.  A total of 11,199 short interviews were conducted on nine routes, with 4,952 detailed questionnaires completed and returned by mail.  A full copy of the report is available online at bcferries.com.

Under contract to the Province of British Columbia, BC Ferries is the service provider responsible for the delivery of safe, efficient and dependable ferry service along coastal British Columbia.

SOURCE British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.

For further information: Media Contact: BC Ferries, Media Relations, Victoria: (250) 978-1267; Customer Contact: Victoria: (250) 386-3431, Toll-free: 1-888-BCFERRY (1-888-223-3779)