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New Victoria, BC Activities and Tours Announced by V2V Vacations to Launch its 2019 Season

Experience the best of Victoria and the most comfortable seat at sea. Quintessential adventures crafted by newly appointed product manager Lauren Travan.

February 2019, Vancouver, BC – To launch its 2019 season starting March 15, V2V Vacations, the premium cruise experience connecting downtown Vancouver and downtown Victoria, announces a new selection of tour and experience options to delight guests, from foodies and active types, to garden enthusiasts and history buffs.

New to the team is product manager Lauren Travan who played a key role in developing the exciting new offers, including ‘Sail & Fly’ which combines modern high-speed catamaran travel with V2V one way, and a charming ride on an iconic seaplane with Harbour Air the other. The new tour highlights are available now to be booked on the website, and include classic must-sees like the world-famous Butchart Gardens, Victoria sightseeing, high tea at the majestic Fairmont Empress Hotel, Beacon Hill Park horse-drawn carriage rides, and admission to the nationally top-rated Royal BC Museum.

When guests book their scenic journey aboard the V2V Empress catamaran, it is easy to add on tours and experiences to make the most of their time visiting stunning Victoria in a day.

“At V2V, we make each voyage more than just convenient, comfortable and carefree,” says Julian Wright, General Manager of V2V Vacations. “We create opportunities to truly experience this beautiful part of the world in a host of ways tailored to popular interests and by tapping our local insight to create unique memories.

All options are an extension of our downtown to downtown service by choosing day trips and activities curated by our new product manager Lauren. We are excited to start our 2019 season and to once again welcome guests from all over the world.”

The full roster of new day trips and activities offered in Victoria by V2V is as follows:

  • Victoria City Highlights & Butchart Gardens Tour
  • Sail & Fly Packages with Harbour Air
  • Tea at the Empress Hotel
  • Victoria City Tour and Craigdarroch Castle Culinary Walking Tour
  • Brewery & Distillery Tours
  • Royal BC Museum
  • Beacon Hill Park Carriage Tour
  • Hop-On Hop-Off City Sights
  • Castles, Hoods & Legends Cycling Tour

Guests can combine their sea voyage with a one-hour stop at national historic site Craigdarroch Castle, and a guided tour through Victoria’s intriguing downtown including Canada’s oldest Chinatown. Food lovers can walk the city enjoying up to eight delectable tastings along the way picking up local insights from chefs and proprietors. Have a thirst for something new? Brewery and Distillery Tour guests enjoy an afternoon sampling of Victoria’s craft beers and small batch spirits. While those who opt for ‘The Castle, Hoods & Legends Cycling Tour’ cruise through Victoria’s historic, unique, and funky neighbourhoods by bike.

The travel time aboard the V2V Empress, less than three hours and thirty minutes between Vancouver and Victoria, offers a more time efficient and comfortable alternative to the car ferry that operates from outside both cities. Onboard, V2V offers two stylish seating classes, an impressive selection of local BC cuisine, wine and crafts beer, and sundeck access for a spectacular 360-degree view perfect for wildlife watching.

During high-season, between April 16 and September 30, the journey to Vancouver aboard the 242-passenger catamaran is a sunset cruise that captures the city’s perfect skyline and summer evening activity along the city’s famous Stanley Park Seawall.

The only ferry service that transports passengers directly from the heart of Vancouver into Victoria’s historic Inner Harbour, the extension of V2V’s offering to include tours and experiences further positions V2V Vacations as the premium cruise option between the two cities.

For more information, visit V2V Vacations or follow the regional travel tips and adventures of V2V on social media: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Media contact:

Heather Kirk and Stephanie Jo
Immedia Management Inc.
T: 1-833-843-5484
E: [email protected]
Brigitte Diem-Guy, VP Sales & Marketing
V2V Vacations
T: +1-604-360-8327
E: [email protected]

About V2V Vacations

V2V Vacations 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 personalized 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. 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. V2V Vacations is owned by Riverside Marine Group, one of Australia’s leading marine companies operating a number of diverse divisions since 1926. The concept for V2V Vacations was envisioned by Riverside Marine’s CEO Hume Campbell and his wife Rowan Campbell. Being lovers of the sea, they longed for an easily accessible way to get directly to Victoria from Vancouver without sacrificing the ocean experience.

Great Escape at a Rare Rate with V2V Vacations

Thanksgiving sale to sail with BC’s newest premium cruise service.

September 26, 2018, Vancouver, BC – V2V Vacations, the premium cruise service connecting downtown Vancouver and downtown Victoria, launches a Canadian Thanksgiving promotion to thank its customers for its successful inaugural year.

This limited offer is only available online from midnight Thursday, October 4 to midnight Tuesday, October 9 with 50 percent savings for Royal and Premium Class tickets for sailings between March 15 to June 15, 2019.

V2V is promoting its day trips to Canadians, especially travellers from Vancouver and Victoria. The unique service directly from downtown harbour to downtown harbour navigates the regional coastline, while traveling on the remarkable 242-seat, high-speed V2V Empress catamaran in style – a quintessential experience perfect to share with friends and family.

“It’s time to experience the Vancouver and Victoria journey in a premium and comfortable setting where you can sit back and relax,” says Julian Wright, general manager of V2V Vacations. “At V2V, we make travel convenient without lengthy transfers to ferry terminals so you can rest easy and prepare for your exciting day trips or extended stays in two of the most scenic destinations – vibrant and bustling Vancouver, or quaint and charming Victoria.”

Enjoy one-way or full-day travel affords extraordinary service and stunning views. The limited-time offers are: Royal Class at $82.50 +GST per one-way ticket, or Premium Class at $55.00 +GST per one-way ticket. The V2V Empress will depart daily from Vancouver at 8 a.m. During the 2019 high-season, between April 16th and September , the vessel will depart Victoria at 4:30 p.m. so guests can enjoy a later sunset cruise through the Active Pass and Strait of Georgia and capture the perfect Vancouver skyline and summer activity along the Seawall.

Aboard the V2V Empress, complimentary services include free Wi-Fi, leather seating, one carry-on and one luggage, and access to the sundeck perfect for wildlife watching. An impressive on-board menu is also available, featuring fresh local foods and beverages to highlight the region’s culinary best. In addition, Royal Class ticket holders are treated to:

  • Panoramic views from the comfort of your leather recliner
  • A welcome beverage and a 3-course, locally-inspired light breakfast or lunch
  • Unlimited non-alcoholic beverages
  • Personalized food and beverage table service and concierge service

For more information, visit V2V Vacations or follow our adventures and regional travel tips on social media: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About V2V Vacations

V2V Vacations 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 personalized 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. 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. V2V Vacations is owned by Riverside Marine Group, one of Australia’s leading marine companies operating a number of diverse divisions since 1926. The concept for V2V Vacations was envisioned by Riverside Marine’s CEO Hume Campbell and his wife Rowan Campbell. Being lovers of the sea, they longed for an easily accessible way to get directly to Victoria from Vancouver without sacrificing the ocean experience.

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Media contact:
Brigitte Diem-Guy (Beattie Tartan Contact)
VP Sales & Marketing
V2V Vacations
M: 604-360-8327

V2V Offering Day Trips to Victoria, BC, in the Fall

V2V’s Seasonal change in service will allow guests to make the most out of visiting Victoria

August 13th, 2018, Victoria, BC – V2V Vacations today announced a change of its late fall 2018 schedule as well as its 2019 schedule to provide guests with the opportunity to make the most out of visiting Victoria, BC, as a destination. Based on feedback from guests, partners and the industry as well as vast amounts of requests for day trips, V2V will improve its service schedule starting in the fall.

From September 20th to October 15th, the V2V Empress will depart from Vancouver at 8am, arriving in Victoria at 1130am and then depart Victoria at 4pm, arriving in Vancouver at 730pm. During the 2019 high-season between April and September, the vessel will depart Vancouver at 8am and leave Victoria at 430pm.

“At V2V Vacations, we are always looking for ways to improve our service for the people who matter the most – our guests and loyal partners,” says Julian Wright, general manager of V2V Vacations. “Victoria is a destination with a unique blend of old world charm and new world experiences. With this improved schedule, our guests can enjoy the convenience of downtown to downtown same-day service as well as take full advantage of all the attractions and activities the city offers.”

At the same time, V2V announced that its daily cruise service between downtown Vancouver and downtown Victoria will transition to a seasonal operation starting October 16th, 2018. The service adjustment comes as part of an effort to elevate V2V’s already high standard of safety, reliability and comfort as the British Columbia coast can present challenging and inconsistent weather conditions during the winter months. The service will resume on March 15th, 2019 until October 31st, 2019 with daily departures.

About V2V Vacations

V2V Vacations 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 personalized 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. 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. V2V Vacations is owned by Riverside Marine Group, one of Australia’s leading marine companies operating a number of diverse divisions since 1926. The concept for V2V Vacations was envisioned by Riverside Marine’s CEO Hume Campbell and his wife Rowan Campbell. Being lovers of the sea, they longed for an easily accessible way to get directly to Victoria from Vancouver without sacrificing the ocean experience.

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Media contact:
Brigitte Diem-Guy (Beattie Tartan Contact)
VP Sales & Marketing
V2V Vacations
M: 604-360-8327

V2V Offers Special Rates for ferry to Vancouver Island Residents and Canadian Defence Community

July 11, 2018, Victoria, BCV2V is the premium ferry connecting downtown Vancouver and downtown Victoria in British Columbia. For 2018, the company is offering reduced rates to residents from Vancouver Island and members of the Canadian Armed Forces, National Defence, Royal Canadian Navy and Veterans.

Those qualifying guests will receive 15% off PREMIUM class and 10% off ROYAL class, when travelling between Victoria and Vancouver by ferry. Regular pricing, depending on the season, begins at $110 CDN for one-way for Premium class seats and $165 for Royal Class.

“We are thrilled to offer these special rates to our valued guests: those who live within our community on beautiful Vancouver Island and those who serve our country,” says V2V general manager Julian Wright. “Providing these rates all year is our way of saying thank you for supporting us.”

From aboard the V2V Empress, voyagers travel in a uniquely comfortable way. Guests appreciate the onboard personalized service, choice of two stylish seating classes, leather seating, accompanied by individual USB ports and power outlets, free on-board Wi-Fi, and a selection of local BC cuisine, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

The waters of southwestern British Columbia are some of the most spectacular in the world and the V2V experience truly showcases this stunning region with an authentic commitment to service and comfort.

To book the V2V Empress for travel between Victoria and Vancouver, call toll-free: 1-855-554-4679 and ask for the Resident’s rate or Canadian Armed Forces rate*. Or visit www.v2vvacations.com/deals and click on “Special Rates” when you complete your booking.

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About V2V Vacations

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.

V2V Vacations is owned by Riverside Marine Group, one of Australia’s leading marine companies operating a number of diverse divisions since 1926. The concept for V2V was envisioned by Riverside Marine’s CEO Hume Campbell and his wife Rowan Campbell. Being lovers of the sea, they longed for an easily accessible way to get directly to Victoria from Vancouver without sacrificing the ocean experience.

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Break away from the noisy cocktail lounge or cramped meeting space and head for the Salish Sea on a ship for your next celebration

V2V Vacations provides ever-changing backdrop for private events

July 05th, 2018, Victoria, BC –Corporate and private events are enriched by exquisite surroundings, spectacular tree-clad shorelines, twinkling lights along the harbour, pristine comfort, and luxurious amenities onboard the V2V Empress, this ship is now available for group charters.

The 242-seat vessel is available for two-hour evening charters, cruising from Victoria’s Inner Harbour. The cruise provides an engaging and memorable experience for groups wishing to commemorate special milestones or ceremonies, companies celebrating retirements or product launches, team building sessions, press conferences or customer appreciation events.

The charters are available in the evenings from 7pm to 9pm for groups between 20 and 100 people, with pricing starting at C$7,000 plus taxes. The fee covers the charter cost and time for the crew. If a longer duration is required, staff at V2V can provide customized options.

Ergonomic leather seating, spectacular 360-degree views on the upper outside deck and premium service from staff are set to the standard of an upscale urban hotel.

“Groups who charter the V2V Empress are guaranteed a mesmerizing and premium event experience. Cruising in exclusive style aboard our ship is a unique and memorable way to punctuate any special event or celebration,” says Julian Wright, general manager of V2V Vacations. “Our venue comes with an ever-changing oceanfront view.”

Depending on the needs of the group, V2V may provide options for stand-up receptions, cocktail events, buffets, food stations or passed hors d’oeuvres. V2V has a partnership with Truffles Inspired Catering, Victoria’s leading professional catering company for events and occasions.

The V2V Empress charter events depart and end from the Victoria Steamship Terminal and cruise along the Victoria coastline. However, other destinations are possible when coordinated through V2V staff.

By day the V2V Empress serves as premium transportation for guests traveling between downtown Victoria and downtown Vancouver.

Special sailing opportunity for the Honda Celebration of Light

On August 1, 2018 from 8:30pm to 11:30pm, the V2V Empress is available for a private charter with up to 150 passengers to take in the world-renowned fireworks competition while cruising around English Bay.

For more information on the Honda Celebration of Light charter fee or to book your private event, contact [email protected] or call toll-free 1-855-554-4679.

About V2V Vacations

V2V Vacations 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 personalized 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. 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. V2V Vacations is owned by Riverside Marine Group, one of Australia’s leading marine companies operating a number of diverse divisions since 1926. The concept for V2V Vacations was envisioned by Riverside Marine’s CEO Hume Campbell and his wife Rowan Campbell. Being lovers of the sea, they longed for an easily accessible way to get directly to Victoria from Vancouver without sacrificing the ocean experience.

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Media contact:

Brian Cant, Beattie Tartan: 250-592-3838 or [email protected]

V2V Vacations charts course for success with new leadership team

June 21, 2018, Victoria, BC – Sailing into its second year of operations providing a premium BC coastal cruise service between Vancouver and Victoria, BC, V2V Vacations has announced the leadership team who will chart the course for a successful 2018 season, aboard the V2V Empress

General Manager Julian Wright saw the potential Bryden Smith brought to the team when he was appointed senior master in 2017.  Wright is pleased to announce Smith has been promoted to vice president of operations and senior master, responsible for the safe and effective operation of the V2V Empress. Smith manages the crew, training, regulatory bodies and safety management systems for V2V Vacations. A Victoria, BC native, Smith brings more than a decade of experience in BC coastal ferry service, coupled with years of service as the captain of luxury expedition ships.

Brand new to the team is Brigitte Diem-Guy, as vice president sales and marketing.  Diem-Guy is responsible for all sales and marketing efforts including revenue management, communications, public relations, product development and community outreach. Her successful track record of navigating and building organizations during complex periods of rapid growth and change is proving invaluable to V2V.  She was previously vice president of sales and marketing for one of Canada’s leading hotel ownership and management companies.

As a well-respected local tourism professional, V2V Vacations’ Terminal Manger Stewart Turnbull brings 16 years of cruise industry experience, with 10 years’ experience as a cruise director with Celebrity Cruises. He is committed to ensuring every V2V guest experience is seamless and exceptional; from purchasing tickets, checking in, boarding and arrival as guests enjoy all the amenities the V2V Empress and its terminals have on offer. 

“I am supported by a wonderful team who have expertise in each key area of the business. With their capabilities, V2V Vacations is set up for success while enabling me to foster growth and development for the business and team,” says Wright who is driven by the company’s core value – ‘we are all in for each other.’ Converting this dedication to teamwork to the business of cruising in style is V2V Vacations’ formula for success. Together this team is delivering an unmatched level of premium cruise travel between Vancouver and Victoria, showcasing two of the most beautiful harbours in the world along with the stunning journey between. 

ABOUT V2V Vacations

V2V Vacations 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 personalized 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 aboard the 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. V2V Vacations is owned by Riverside Marine Group, one of Australia’s leading marine companies operating a number of diverse divisions since 1926. The concept for V2V Vacations was envisioned by Riverside Marine’s CEO Hume Campbell and his wife Rowan Campbell. Being lovers of the sea, they longed for an easily accessible way to get directly to Victoria from Vancouver without sacrificing the ocean experience.

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For more information, please contact:

Brian Cant, Public & Media Relations

Beattie Tartan

TEL: +1-250-592-3838 (office) or +1-250-888-8729 (cell)

[email protected]