ABOUT US

WHAT IS V2V?

We welcome you aboard the V2V Family. Together we will create memorable experiences through an inspiring connection of people, places and moments.

V2V is a premium cruise service connecting downtown Vancouver and downtown Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.

The V2V Empress experience places travellers in a premium and highly personalised journey focused on guest comfort and convenience, while providing them with the opportunity to spend the voyage learning about the rich culture in the region. Guests can taste local flavours through the on-board menu featuring foods and beverages from the region.

The voyage on our 242-passenger high-speed catamaran, V2V Empress, takes less than three hours and thirty minutes between Victoria and Vancouver and features a concierge service to allow guests to make bookings from our exclusively curated list of cultural and authentic attractions at both destinations. Passengers are also invited to the upper outside deck to enjoy a spectacular 360-degree view.

The V2V Empress is wheelchair accessible and equipped with ergonomic leather seating with the convenience of USB ports and power outlets included for every seat.

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BACKGROUND

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.

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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.

 

THE V2V TEAM

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JULIAN WRIGHT

GENERAL MANAGER

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BRYDEN SMITH

VP OPERATIONS & SENIOR MASTER

As General Manager, Julian is responsible for all facets of V2V Vacations and for its future growth and expansion. In Julian’s words: “I am supported by a wonderful team who have expertise in each key area of the business. With their capabilities, V2V is set up for success and my prime responsibility is to enable the growth and the development of the business and the team.” 

Julian is driven by our value ‘we are all in for each other’. Watching a team work for each other to perform at their best is the most rewarding for him. Converting that teamwork to the business of cruising the coast in style between downtown Victoria and downtown Victoria will unlock the success of V2V. 

Prior to his leadership role at V2V Vacations, Julian worked as Commercial Manager of RiverWijs, a division of our parent company Riverside Marine Group, based in the West Coast of Australia. RiverWijs provides terminal towage to an Australian Oil and Gas company. 

Having recently relocated to Vancouver from Australia, Julian is looking forward to getting back into a regular routine of cycling and sailing but also adding in skiing and hiking.  

Bryden is responsible for the safe and effective operation of the vessel. He manages the crew, training, regulatory bodies, and safety management systems for V2V Vacations. 

Captain Bryden has lived and worked on the BC coast since 1991. Bryden is passionate about his commitment to the highest standards and practices in safety, training and maintenance. Bryden also truly enjoys keeping his team’s focus and attention on the many details of an exceptional guest experience. 

Prior to his role with V2V, Bryden sailed with BC Ferries on 12 different vessels, out of various ports, servicing all the local coastal areas. More recently Bryden acted as Master for a Canadian company that operates a number of ships that provide a high-end guest experience on 7 – 14 day excursions to remote volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean. 

In his spare time, Bryden enjoys spending time with his daughter and loved ones, as well as cycling, snowboarding, and camping in the many beautiful places in British Columbia. 

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BRIGITTE DIEM-GUY

VP SALES & MARKETING

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STEWART TURNBULL

SALES & GUEST MANAGER

Brigitte is responsible for all sales and marketing efforts at V2V Vacations, including revenue management, communications, public relations and community outreach.

She has a successful track record of navigating, building and leading organisations during periods of rapid growth and change, and Brigitte appreciates the complexity of entrepreneurial companies like V2V through her passion for growing businesses.

Before joining V2V, Brigitte was the VP of Sales & Marketing for one of Canada’s leading hotel ownership and management companies. Prior to moving to Vancouver, she spent over 20 years in Toronto holding a variety of leadership positions in the Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Software industries.

In her spare time, Brigitte enjoys cooking and baking family classics from her home country, Switzerland, reading Historical Fiction or practicing Yoga. Brigitte supports Maiti Nepal, an organization devoted to combating human trafficking including violence against women and children.

Stewart makes sure that every V2V guest experiences seamless and exceptional service at both of our terminals, when purchasing tickets, checking in or boarding the V2V Empress.

He is passionate about making every guest smile and about always finding a way to handle things easier, smoother, and more welcoming for our guests. Seeing guests begin to relax into the V2V experience as soon as he starts to speak to them is a fantastic reward.

Before V2V, Stewart was privileged to be at sea in the cruise industry for 16 years, with 10 years as a Cruise Director at Celebrity Cruises.

In his spare time, Stewart enjoys exploring all the beautiful parts of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands and working on perfecting his Victoria home. As a recent heart surgery patient, when participating in any fundraising events, Stewart’s charity of choice is the Heart and Stroke foundation of Canada.

STEAMSHIP TERMINAL

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.

Donation Requests

Thank for your interest in V2V Vacations. Due to the large number of donation and sponsorship requests we receive, any requests must meet certain criteria in order to be considered:

  • Please allow at least 8 weeks between the date of your request and the date of your event.
  • V2V only considers requests from registered charity organizations in British Columbia.
  • V2V does not give donations to or will not sponsor political or religious organizations, for profit ventures or third-party fundraising efforts.
  • V2V supports one program per organization per year.
  • V2V must be acknowledged through signage and program mention and all material must be approved by V2V prior to the event.
  • V2V does not make cash donations.
  • All requests need to be submitted via form (see below).

Due to the high volume of donation requests that we receive, only those organizations whose request has been approved will be contacted. Please no phone calls. We wish you much success with your fundraising endeavors.

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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.