SEATTLE (August 24, 2021) – Following seventeen months of suspended operations due to the pandemic, FRS Clipper will once again reinstate fast ferry service between Seattle, WA and Victoria, BC starting on September 17, 2021 with bookings beginning September 6, 2021.
The Victoria Clipper V vessel plans to operate a four-day schedule over weekends with added sailings around the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. In accordance with Transport Canada’s federal regulations, all U.S. citizens and permanent Canadian residents residing in the U.S. transiting to Canada will be required to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arriving in Canada for non-essential travel. Travelers will be required to provide proof of vaccination and submit their travel information via ArriveCAN (web portal or app) within 72 hours of planned arrival.
In addition, all travelers are required to submit a pre-entry COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours of arriving in Canada. Fully vaccinated travelers who meet the requirements will be exempt from quarantine; however, all travelers must still provide a quarantine plan and be prepared to quarantine, in case it is determined at the border that they do not meet the necessary requirements.
FRS Clipper suspended all international operations in March 2020.
During normal peak season operations, the company typically maintains a staff of 200 year-round and seasonal employees. During the majority of the pandemic, the company reduced staffing down to eight administrative employees. In May 2021, the company was able to reinstate domestic fast ferry service between Seattle and Friday Harbor on the San Juan Clipper vessel as well as offer half and full-day whale watching tours that extend into early October. Travel by Canadian residents into the U.S. currently remains restricted in accordance with the stated September 21st continued border closure date.
Core to the company’s ultimate focus on guest safety, FRS Clipper has instituted increased sanitation procedures to help keep guests and staff safe and healthy as outlined in the company’s stated Safe Travel Guide policy. For international operations, the Victoria Clipper V vessel will operate at the full capacity of 535 guests. Per current U.S. Coast Guard regulations, masks are still required at this time while inside all FRS Clipper vessels. Masks are allowed to be removed when reasonably eating and drinking or when guests are on vessel outside viewing decks.
“The pandemic has had a devastating impact on our company like so many others, but I’m incredibly proud of the support from the Victoria community and my staff’s resiliency and determination to return to our core international operations once again,” said David Gudgel, CEO of FRS Clipper. “We could not be more excited to reinstate our safe, trusted fast ferry service and to provide the core connection between Victoria and Seattle that so many have relied upon for travel over the past 35 years.”
About FRS Clipper
FRS Clipper, a subsidiary of FRS, is well known as the travel experts for the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. Since 1986, Clipper Vacations has provided transportation, tours and accommodation packages for more than eight million customers. FRS Clipper offers opportunities to experience picturesque and popular destinations, such as: Victoria, Seattle, Vancouver, Victoria, San Juan Island, Portland, and Vancouver Island. Learn more at ClipperVacations.com.
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