The Clipper Vacations ferry that runs daily between Victoria and Seattle will be out of commission for almost 3 weeks due to annual maintenance.
The ferry will not be running between January 22nd and February 10th, 2019. The last Victoria arrival before the closure will be at 10:45 a.m. on January 21st, and the last departure from the city will be at 5 p.m. on the same day.
Once in dry dock, the vessel will be undergoing internal and external maintenance, getting a fresh coat of paint, engine refinement, interior cleaning, and adjustments to improve internal experience with updates like better lighting.
In March 2018, the company launched its brand new vessel, the Victoria Clipper V (“five”), a 52-metre high-speed catamaran that has a capacity of up to 440 passengers and is capable of travelling at 36 knots or about 67 kilometres per hour.
According to Clipper representative Scott Meis, the new vessel has only had two weather cancellations since being commissioned into service, compared to an average of 20 interruptions a year when the older vessel was in operation.
Meis says the company has received “a lot of feedback around the much smoother, better ride, and people are loving the Comfort Class.” (Comfort Class refers to the new vessel’s version of business class transportation.)
The MV Coho ferry that shuttles passengers between Victoria and Port Angeles is also taking its annual maintenance break from January 14th through February 6th.