Ferry freebies not for us

  • Jun. 2, 2006 7:00 a.m.

BC Ferries is handing out free breakfasts, free after-dinner desserts and free blankets to passengers travelling between Port Hardy and Prince Rupert this summer, but nothing at all to passengers going to Skidegate.
Ferries spokesperson Deborah Marshall said the freebies are intended to make up for the loss of the Queen of the North, which usually served the Inside Passage route until it sank in March. Passengers on the route must now travel on the Queen of Prince Rupert, which is smaller, slower, older and shabbier than the QN was.
“We’re trying our best to provide a high level of service for these passengers,” she said.
Perks include free continental breakfasts, a complimentary coffee and dessert buffet in the evening, free blankets for passengers on overnight sailings, three dinner sittings, and barbecues out on the deck on sunny days (there is a charge for the barbecued food).
The Rupert-Skidegate route doesn’t get any extras because the voyage is much shorter, and because the QPR is the regular ship for that trip.
Meanwhile, spaces on the Inside Passage route are almost completely booked up for the summer, Ms Marshall said. The Rupert-Skidegate route, by contrast, still has a lot of spaces available. With only one ferry serving both routes, BC Ferries has reduced the summer schedule to about half the regular number of sailings.

Just Posted

Gudangaay Tlaats’gaa Naay powers up with solar panels and Tesla battery packs

Solar power got another big boost on Haida Gwaii last week, with… Continue reading

Sandspit candidates focus on ferries, housing, and emergency plans

It may be first, but restoring Kwuna ferry sailings isn’t the only… Continue reading

‘Police are ready’ for legal pot, say Canadian chiefs

But Canadians won’t see major policing changes as pot becomes legal

A “glamping” hotspot in Tlell?

Campers may soon find a way to go “glamping” in Tlell that… Continue reading

Odds ‘n Sods: Voting, stretching, and painting in Port

By Elaine Nyeholt We missed the mist of Misty Isles all summer.… Continue reading

Rick Mercer says pot is ‘excruciatingly boring’

Comedian hopes Canadians will move onto something else once marijuana is legalized

UPDATE: B.C. man who swam naked with sharks arrested

David Weaver, of Nelson, will face mischief and assault charges

Canada Post union issues strike notice; rotating strikes could begin Monday

Union says rotating strikes will begin if agreements aren’t reached with bargaining units

Carole James avoids questions on B.C.’s payroll tax (with video)

Green MLA Adam Olsen cites huge tax increase for local business

BCTF wins grievance over teacher shortage in public schools

Arbitrator found Chilliwack school district did not hire enough on-call teachers or librarians

2 charged for feeding B.C. bear Tim Horton’s timbits

Court documents show that Randy Scott and Megan Hiltz have both been charged with feeding or attempting to feed dangerous wildlife.

Killer-rapist Paul Bernardo set for parole bid after 25 years in prison

Bernardo’s parole hearing at the Bath Institution is expected to attract numerous observers

Feds aiming to select preferred design for $60B warships by end of month

Defence insiders say the government wants to select a design by the end of the month from among three options submitted by several of the largest defence and shipbuilding companies in the world.

B.C. city wants control over its cannabis advertising rules

Without a say, towns and cities risk Washington-State-style flood of advertising, proponent says

Most Read