New ferry on the way

  • Feb. 2, 2009 11:00 a.m.

The Northern Expedition, the new ferry that will serve Prince Rupert, Port Hardy and, in the winter Haida Gwaii, is on its way. The $133-million vessel left the German shipyard on January 30, and is expected to arrive in Victoria around the first week of March, depending on weather of course. The 150 meter ship boasts 55 staterooms, a cafe, restaurant and two lounges and can accommodate 600 passengers and 130 vehicles. It will be serve the Inside Passage between Port Hardy and Rupert as of mid-May, offering a cruise-like experience for tourists and locals, according to BC Ferries. “We are very excited to have the ferry arrive in March, this, coupled with all the dock work at the terminals, and the refit of the Northern Adventure completely revamps BC Ferries’ service to the Northern regions, and will be enjoyed by all for years to come,” said Deborah Marshall, BC Ferries spokesperson. The new ferry’s journey to BC can be tracked at http://www.bcferries.com/about/northern_expedition_tracker.html