V2V is a daily luxury cruise service linking downtown Vancouver and downtown Victoria in British Columbia. V2V offers a uniquely beautiful, comfortable, and convenient service for the traveller. A travel experience on board the V2V Empress comes complete with personalised on-board concierge service from our exclusively curated list of favourite local attractions, two luxurious on-board seating classes, luxurious leather seating complete with the convenience of USB ports and power outlets included for every seat, on-board WiFi, selection of local BC cuisine, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage service.
The concept for V2V was envisioned by our CEO, Hume Campbell, and his wife Rowan Campbell. Being lovers of the sea, they longed for an easily accessible way to get directly to beautiful Victoria from Vancouver without sacrificing the ocean experience.
The waters of southwestern British Columbia are some of the most spectacular in the world and the V2V experience aims to showcase this stunning corner of the world with unparalleled commitment to service and luxury.
Many years ago, fast vessels were called “Clippers”. They were three mastered sailing vessels. “The Empress” is a twin hulled catamaran plying between Victoria and Vancouver. She could be called “The Empress Clipper”. She is fast, comfortable, and convenient, serving the communities in both Victoria and Vancouver.
V2V was incorporated three years ago in 2015. V2V is the youngest in our fleet of companies owned by the Campbell Family which its principal company, The Riverside Coal Transport Company Pty Ltd, opened in 1926.
Norman C. Campbell (pictured left) – Founder of The Riverside Coal Transport Company Pty Ltd. Established 3rd November 1926. Captain Kenneth C. Campbell (Pictured above, next to him is his wife Mina) built the company into the next phase after 1945. The 3rd generation of the Campbell Family, Hume K. Campbell is now CEO overseeing all operations.
V2V is headquartered in the historical Steamship Terminal in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Victoria’s harbour served as the gateway to western Canada from 1887 until 1974 with the stately Steamship Terminal built in 1924 transporting huge numbers of passengers and mail from Victoria to Hong Kong, with stops in Honolulu, Manila, Shanghai, Kobe and Nagasaki.
VANCOUVER CONVENTION CENTRE
Our Vancouver berth and ticket office is located on the waterfront with a spectacular mountain backdrop, at the foot of the award-winning Vancouver Convention Centre (1055 Canada Place). Our view offers one of the most beautiful settings in the world and convenient access to all the major visitor amenities in the downtown core.