V2V never really decided what they were about. They were a transportation option that took too long and was too expensive, but they were also a tour operator that offered nothing unique and terrible timing. No one could ever figure out who their core business was.
If they had just focused on one or the other, perhaps they could have squeezed out another summer or two.
and at one point they adjusted their schedule to try to become a day-trip operator. but it was like 3.5 hours each way and 2 hours to spend in victoria. that's useless.
please recall that in their three seasons they:
- had a morning start in victoria
- switched to a morning start in vancouver
- switched at least one time mid-season
- changed hours altogether
- broke down for 3 months
- changed from a plan of operating year-round to just summer
The current schedule, which sees the Empress leave Victoria at 9 a.m. and Vancouver at 1:30 p.m., will continue until the Sept. 20 schedule shift. At that point, the Empress will leave Vancouver at 8 a.m. and Victoria at 4 p.m. That means Vancouver passengers will have the option of a day trip to Victoria.
When service resumes next year, the Empress will depart from Vancouver at 8 a.m. and leave Victoria at 4:30 p.m.
Now, under the helm of a new general manager, V2V has charted a new course for 2019. Instead of sailing out of Victoria to Vancouver in the mornings, the V2V Empress will change direction and sail from Vancouver to Victoria, returning to its mainland home port later in the day.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 08 January 2020 - 03:10 PM.