We enjoyed the trip so very much. I can not say enough about the friendliness of the crew and staff. The trip was all that we had hoped for. The bathroom situation which you know I was concerned about was not a problem at all. The house keeping was perfect. The food was outstanding.

Margaret Gardner, Sykesville MD

COVID-19 Update - Trips 1-8 cancelled.  See home page for more information.

 

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Cruise the Inside Passage of coastal British Columbia and experience the magic of travel aboard the M.V. Aurora Explorer.

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M.V. Aurora Explorer

The M.V. Aurora Explorer is our 135-foot landing craft which operates from a base near Campbell River, BC on Vancouver Island.

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Departing from Vancouver Island, our two main sailing routes are the Broughton Island Archipelago Area and the Discovery Islands.

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*** COVID-19 Update*** (June 22, 2020)

On March 17, we had to make the unfortunate decision to cancel the first 8 sailings of our season.  Subsequently, as the coronavirus pandemic continued, we cancelled a further 6 sailings.   This equates to just under one half of our sailing season. 

The latest update from the Transport Canada and the Health Authorities is “Smaller cruise ships (100 or less passengers and crew with overnight accommodations) are allowed to resume operations but must follow provincial, territorial, local and regional health authority requirements from July 1 until further notice.”

The good news is that we are now making plans to welcome passengers on board the Aurora Explorer starting July 2nd with trip #15. 

Based on the guidance and regulations from the BC CDC and our Provincial Health Authorities we have worked to develop new COVID -19 Protocols.  Some of the steps we will be taking include reduction of passengers from 12 to 8, increased sanitation procedures, assigned washrooms & showers and limiting of passenger access to some areas onboard. 

Safety for all passengers and crew will remain our top priorities.  Our chefs will continue to offer exceptional cuisine and the service provided by our steward and crew will remain first class. Despite the new regulations, we feel that passengers will enjoy the same wonderful experience that Marine Link Tours has always offered.

We are a small, family owned and run business with just under 25 employees in peak season.  While we were able to continue our freight-based operations during the peak of the pandemic, it was at a drastically reduced capacity.  It has taken all of our resources to keep our core employees employed and earning a salary.

Our office staff have worked hard to reschedule those affected by the cancellations. While most of our displaced passengers were understanding of this process, we did have a few who weren’t, and we will be reaching out to those folks directly in the coming weeks.

Marine Link Tours and the M.V. Aurora Explorer has been welcoming passengers onboard for 25 years and we are looking forward to doing so again and for many years to come.

There are still a few spaces available for this season and we will begin taking new bookings for 2021 and beyond soon.

*** COVID-19 Update*** (March 17, 2020)

Video from Guy Adams - Owner & President click here:
https://www.facebook.com/MVAuroraExplorer/videos/623630801813473/

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Cruise the inland waterways of coastal British Columbia and experience the magic of the M.V. Aurora Explorer, a 135 foot landing craft that transports a wide variety of heavy equipment and general freight throughout the Gulf of Georgia and the remote inlets of Johnstone and Queen Charlotte Straits. You will enjoy rugged coastal scenery, observe many species of whales and other sea life, and experience the history and influence of the early explorers, settlers, cannery workers and native populations on the coast. You'll listen as the crew works the radio telephones or navigates the ship by radar and watch as freight is loaded and discharged along the way.

The Aurora Explorer operates from a base at Menzies Bay (15 km north of Campbell River, BC, Canada), and offers a dining lounge, lower deck lounge and bridge deck lounge for passenger comfort and viewing. There is a nautical and history library of coastal BC on board. The vessel has outside observation decks where passengers can observe activity on the freight deck, enjoy the passing scenery or simply lie back and soak up the sunshine and salt air.

The Aurora Explorer is Transport Canada Ship Safety approved and carries the full range of safety equipment as directed by the Canadian Coast Guard.

Passenger accommodations are three Premium staterooms with twin beds, two smaller Select staterooms and one Standard stateroom bunk-bed style. There are four shared washrooms and two shower rooms on the Accommodation Deck, and two shared washrooms on the Galley Deck.  Passenger accommodation is offered on regular freight voyages to a variety of coastal locations. Trip packages are five days in duration.

Passengers enjoy observing the ship at work, but there's also time for play. Going ashore for a picnic or exploring tidepools in a hidden bay, throwing in a line when the vessel is waiting on the tide and barbeques on the back deck or beach, are all part of the pleasures of freightboat cruising on the Aurora Explorer.

The Georgia Straits of coastal British Columbia, Canada are dotted with hundreds of islands. This is lumber and fishing country nearly free of roads. One cargo ship delivers heavy equipment and supplies to remote camps, and takes on passengers to view the wild beauty of the straits and inlets, with towering peaks and glaciers overlooking the sea.