THE ONBOARD EXPERIENCE

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THE V2V EMPRESS

  • Built in 1995 and fully re-furbished in 2017
  • Inaugural sailing with V2V Vacations,  6th May, 2017
  • Passenger-only service
  • Operates with a crew of 8
  • The V2V Empress is a 38-meter high-speed catamaran
  • Can travel up to 30 knots with cruising speed of 26 knots
  • Two classes of service options, Royal Class and Premium Class
  • Capacity of the vessel is 242 passengers (Royal 80, Premium 162)
  • Equipped with a stabilizing system to improve the experience during rougher sea conditions
  • Wheelchair accessible (Premium Class)
  • Accessible washrooms

THE V2V EXPERIENCE

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THE ICONIC ROUTE

Experience breathtaking scenery in stylish comfort, as you cruise the Salish Sea.

Your journey takes you through the Strait of Georgia, Puget Sound and the Juan de Fuca Strait, connecting downtown Vancouver with Victoria’s picturesque Inner Harbour. This iconic, 76 nautical mile journey sails through the hundreds of islands and islets that make up the Southern Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands and Active Pass. Also known for an abundance of marine wildlife including killer whales, dolphins and giant squid, these iconic waters have been traveled and cherished for centuries.

 

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DELUXE SEATING

Both our Premium and Royal classes offer high-quality, deluxe leather seating with high backs and headrests as standard. All seats include flip-out or built-in tables with family-style seating and reclining seats available. International power outlets are featured at every seat for charging electronic devices throughout the journey. As you sit back and relax, with full peace-of-mind, you’ll wonder where the time has gone as you reach your destination.

Our Royal deck offers a more intimate setting as well as front row, reclining seats. If you’re looking for the perfect vantage point, you can pre-book and reserve your seats for an additional fee.

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WESTCOAST INSPIRED CUISINE

Our onboard team are here to serve, delivering genuine, west coast hospitality. All our food and drink offerings are delivered right at your seat, so there’s no unnecessary need to move around the vessel. We proudly serve locally inspired cuisine which our guest experiences team has sourced, including premium BC wines, beers and an array of non-alcoholic beverages are also available. For our Royal guests, enjoy a beautifully prepared breakfast or evening 3-course meal and complimentary welcome drink. Our Premium deck offers guests an array of food and drinks for purchase.

UNPARALLELED VIEWS

The V2V Empress features large, oversized windows with unmatched panoramas; you’ll never miss the chance to take in the view as we sail the Salish Sea. Whether you’re a smartphone snapper, an avid photographer or simply like to record memories in your mind, you’ll capture incredible images from the comfort of your seat and from the many decks on the vessel. For the perfect, unobstructed view, join us on the Royal Deck, in row 1. Royal guests also receive onboard story-telling guides, informing guests about the region and our journey.

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GENUINE AND DEDICATED SERVICE

V2V Vacations is 5-star rated on TripAdvisor.

From time of booking to disembarking our deluxe vessel, you’ll enjoy world class hospitality. Our commitment to creating memorable experiences can be seen throughout your journey.

We welcome you aboard the V2V family.

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OBSERVATION DECKS

We encourage all guests to spend some time breathing in our fresh, ocean air whilst soaking up the sun from the upper observation deck.

All deck areas provide a perfect opportunity to look for flora and fauna including bald eagles, seals, porpoise and whales not to mention the indigenous Garry Oak and Arbutus trees, but the best views are from the upper observation deck with seating area.

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RESERVED SEATING

Seats are assigned for every passenger travelling on the V2V Empress. Move freely around the vessel, knowing your seat won’t be occupied by someone else on your return. Interested in a specific seat? Advance seat selection available at $15 per passengers for each individual one-way cruise. Please call or email our team to reserve your seats today.

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LUGGAGE SERVICE

1 piece of luggage (23kg or less) and 1 carry-on (10kg or less) included in fare.

Additional luggage or bulky items such as skis, golf clubs and bikes can be accommodated for a fee of $25 per item. Limited space available for bikes.

Luggage storage service available in Victoria complimentary for Royal guests, and $10 per booking for Premium guests.

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ONBOARD AMENITIES

Complimentary wi-fi available for all passengers.

Accessible washroom facilities available onboard, including a private washroom for Royal Class passengers.

TRAVEL CLASSES

The V2V Empress offers two class options to choose from: Premium and Royal

One-way luxury transportation between Vancouver and Victoria on board the V2V Empress Checkmark Checkmark
Premium leather seats with high backs and headrests Checkmark Checkmark
Reclining seats available Checkmark Checkmark
Flip-out or built-in tables Checkmark Checkmark
Individual USB and international charging ports at each seat Checkmark Checkmark
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Local and west coast inspired food and beverage served to your seat Light 3-course meal included For purchase
Non-alcoholic beverages Complimentary For purchase
Alcoholic beverages with a selection of local British Columbia flavours and wines 1 beverage included For purchase
Check-in luggage up to 23kg/50lbs 1 piece included 1 piece included
Carry-on one personal item such as a handbag or laptop bag of up to 10kg/22lbs Checkmark Checkmark
Luggage Storage Complimentary $10 per booking
Concierge service to assist with booking tours and activities Checkmark Checkmark
Bathrooms Private bathroom in cabin Checkmark
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DESIGN STORY

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V2V EMPRESS DESIGN COMPETITION WINNER

The V2V Vacations Creative Catamaran Design Competition was won by Chief William Cook for his orca design. Cook (Mona’kwala) of the ‘Namgis First Nation was born on June 23, 1974 in Alert Bay, BC. He was raised culturally by his grandparents of the Matilpi and Alfred families. In 1993 he participated in a sacred cannibal dance as his grandfather Gus Matilpi initiated him into his hamat’sa, the most prestigious society of the Kwakwaka’wakw. A father of four, he is known throughout his community for his dancing potlatches and has held two feasts of his own. Under the guidance of artists such as Francis Dick and Paddy Seaweed his passion for art flourished. He works in different mediums including acrylic, cedar panels and repousse. He is best known for his jewellery, carving and ornate traditional Kwakwaka’wakw images in silver and gold.

Learn more about Chief William Cook and the Orca design onboard the V2V Empress.

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TABLES WITH A WEST COAST TWIST

Artist Jerry Kool produced the wooden table route map found onboard. A boat builder with a strong bond to the sea, he spent eight years cruising on a sailboat chasing warmer weather.

Originally from Holland, he moved to BC in the 1990’s and began his small woodworking business. A customer commission to create a wood map of Vancouver Island led him to discovering charts. In the years since, he has created many works based on charts, although not on the scale of the table commission for V2V, a challenging project that he is very proud of, especially when he cruises onboard as a guest.

Learn more about Jerry Kool and his design onboard the V2V Empress.

READY TO SAIL THE SALISH SEA?

Travel in style between Vancouver and Victoria, book a day trip or stay overnight. Luxury comes as a standard both onboard and on land with V2V Vacations.