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#421 Nparker

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Posted 25 August 2021 - 05:30 AM

I think that there are a fair number of Canadians who also visit Seattle for a game or concert. That of course is still not permitted as the US has not opened its borders to us.

Even though more Canadians per capita have been fully vaccinated than Americans.  :whyme:



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Posted 25 August 2021 - 05:33 AM

Even though more Canadians per capita have been fully vaccinated than Americans.  :whyme:

 

Athough many on the Island were vaccinated with a vaccine that came from a contaminated factory and is not approved for use in the US!



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Posted 25 August 2021 - 07:47 AM

Athough many on the Island were vaccinated with a vaccine that came from a contaminated factory and is not approved for use in the US!

 

Ignoring your posting method that is typical media sensationalism, if the US approves vaccinated tourism, it will likely only be for vaccines the have approved (or at least emergency approved) anyways.



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Posted 25 August 2021 - 07:54 AM

Athough many on the Island were vaccinated with a vaccine that came from a contaminated factory and is not approved for use in the US!

 

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Ignoring your posting method that is typical media sensationalism, if the US approves vaccinated tourism, it will likely only be for vaccines the have approved (or at least emergency approved) anyways.

 

I think they are likely to use the list of WHO vaccines. Keep in mind there are people from 111 countries that have received the AstraZeneca vaccine, including a large number of people in the UK.



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Posted 25 August 2021 - 07:38 PM

My wife got a covishield for the first vaccine and AZ for the second shot.

 

Some countries are not recognizing the covishield as an AZ shot.


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#426 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 30 August 2021 - 09:20 AM

clipper has not yet released their package (hotel) pricing.    not sure this will be a super popular option with the hurdles required:

 

 

https://www.clipperv...-ferry-service/

 

 

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.


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 30 August 2021 - 09:20 AM.


#427 Nparker

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Posted 30 August 2021 - 09:22 AM

 

...all travelers must still provide a quarantine plan...

This is not going to appeal to many folks.



#428 Mike K.

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Posted 30 August 2021 - 09:23 AM

Coho has the right idea. Just wait until things chill out.

This just further feels like a political move.
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Posted 30 August 2021 - 07:51 PM

Coho has the right idea. Just wait until things chill out.

This just further feels like a political move.

 

Well they can certainly cut off their grants now that the border is open!


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#430 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 14 September 2021 - 04:53 PM

I don’t quite understand the day trip comment. do they mean casual last minute adventurers? it’s pretty hard to day trip with only one round trip.




Gudgel said the PCR test virtually rules out day-trippers, which made up about 30 per cent of the company’s business.

He said the first trip on Friday already has about 100 people booked for the 535-passenger catamaran.

https://www.timescol...ning-1.24357854

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 14 September 2021 - 04:54 PM.


#431 vortoozo

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Posted 14 September 2021 - 06:15 PM

I don’t quite understand the day trip comment. do they mean casual last minute adventurers? it’s pretty hard to day trip with only one round trip.




Gudgel said the PCR test virtually rules out day-trippers, which made up about 30 per cent of the company’s business.

He said the first trip on Friday already has about 100 people booked for the 535-passenger catamaran.

https://www.timescol...ning-1.24357854

 

The schedule traditionally has the ferry arriving around 10am, and departing between 5pm or 6pm depending on the time of year. A day trip is possible, with about 7 or 8 hours in Victoria. I'm surprised that that was 30% of their business, though.


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Posted 14 September 2021 - 06:21 PM

ah. OK. they also bought that one huge ship instead of the 2-3 that used to service the route.

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Posted 16 October 2021 - 01:10 PM

With the U.S. revealing when it will open its borders to Canadians, the MV Coho has inched closer to returning to service.

 

The decision won’t likely come until Monday, but the operator of the Port Angeles-Victoria ferry is leaning toward resuming the run on Nov. 11 or 12. It would re-establish a link broken since March 2020.

 

https://www.timescol...ov-8-1.24364267


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Posted 23 October 2021 - 06:43 AM

For the first time in decades, Victoria Harbour Ferry will ply the choppier waters of the Inner Harbour as it continues its taxi and tour service through the fall and winter.

 

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The 31-year-old company will operate three of its 12-passenger pickle boats this fall in what is being seen as a symbol of the perseverance of the ­hospitality ­industry through the pandemic and a new corporate ­philosophy at the company itself.

 

https://www.timescol...nter-1.24365717

 

General manager Barry Hobbis said the idea to run came from new majority shareholder Ian Maxwell, founder of the Ralmax Group of Companies.

 

“He has a philosophy of serving the community,” said Hobbis.


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Posted 09 November 2021 - 02:12 AM

Canadians are lining up to sail from Victoria to Port Angeles with the reopening of the U.S. border, but concerns remain that traffic won’t be flowing into Canada at the same pace.

 

The MV Coho had a full ship for its first sailing Monday (Nov. 8) out of downtown Victoria and Black Ball Ferry Line president Ryan Burles said seven in total had been fully booked. But he projected only 10 to 20 per cent capacity at this point for sailings coming the other way, compared to the typical 30 to 40 per cent for this time of year pre-pandemic.

 

“It’s great to take this step forward, but with the PCR (COVID-19 testing requirement) we know we are going to be challenged,” Burles said. “We hope the PCR will be eliminated eventually, because otherwise it is going to be a tough go.”

 

 

 

 

https://www.vicnews....-ferry-returns/


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 09 November 2021 - 02:13 AM.


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Posted 20 January 2022 - 12:26 AM

At a time when transportation infrastructure projects seem to be taking center stage in US public debate, a Boston-based start-up backed by some of Silicon Valley's most prominent investors wants to turn the sea lanes along the country's east and west coasts into high-speed transit corridors.
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LA to San Diego in 50 minutes? What about New York City to Boston in two hours? And all this without road traffic or airport hassle. These are the sort of commutes that may become possible if REGENT's seagliders become a reality.
Regent's founders have aviation backgrounds -- including degrees in aerospace engineering at MIT and a stint at Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences -- but they turned to the seas for inspiration when they started looking for new, sustainable ways to transform inter-city travel.
Billy Thalheimer and Mike Klinker have raised $9.5 million from the likes of Y Combinator, Mark Cuban and Peter Thiel, among other investors, to reimagine the wing-in-ground effect (WIG) concept and turn it into a mainstream means of transportation with zero emissions.
Wing-in-ground effect vehicles are a kind of boat-aircraft hybrid.
 
 
 
 
Electrified transport networks
Since wing-in-ground effect vehicles are considered ships, they operate under maritime regulations and do not face the same operational and regulatory constraints as aircraft.
WIGs, for example, do not have to perform a battery-draining sustained climb upon takeoff, and they aren't required to keep a 45-minute power reserve. All together, this gives more margin for the designers to push the technology envelope.
 
 
'Six times faster than the ferry'
The founders are confident seagliders will also benefit from advances in battery technology in the coming years, which should allow them to more than double their range to 500 miles.
For the time being, they're satisfied with being able to extract the respectable speed (for a sea craft) of 180 miles-per-hour for a range of 180 miles, which is enough for routes such as New York to The Hamptons or LA to Santa Barbara, for example.

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Posted 18 March 2022 - 04:19 AM

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https://www.clipperv...edium=community

 

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Edited by Victoria Watcher, 18 March 2022 - 04:22 AM.

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#438 Nparker

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Posted 18 March 2022 - 06:36 AM

The Clipper is such a relaxing way to get to Seattle.


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#439 Mike K.

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Posted 18 March 2022 - 06:40 AM

If the seas are calm, yes.

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Posted 18 March 2022 - 06:44 AM

Even in rough seas it's a fun ride.


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