Boy oh boy, it’s been a tumultuous past two years for travel especially when it comes to cross-border travel with our neighbors up north. A trip to Canada should be easy in theory, a short drive to the border, a short plane ride, and of course the Victoria Clipper. But after ongoing pandemic struggles, the Clipper has decided to suspend service yet again despite reopening less than a month ago.
Basically, the Clipper isn’t making enough to cover its costs due to a lack of ridership. This is likely due to a few reasons, firstly the boats are operating one way since the border is still closed to Canadians. Secondly, because of COVID-19 testing requirements, the Clipper has lost most of its day trip clientele. And thirdly, people are still simply hesitant to travel.
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With all this in mind, the Clipper’s parent company Clipper Vacations USA, Inc. has made the difficult decision to suspend its fast ferry sailings to Victoria until spring 2022. According to an article from King 5, the company said it needed to refund about 500 people who purchased tickets ahead of time. So if that’s you, you’ll likely hear about your purchased ticket soon.
While we know this news is a big bummer it’s also just a part of our new world. And you can look forward to sailing again because the company plans to announce its reopening date and open booking for the ferry in late November. Until then you can learn more by clicking here.