Had so much fun on trip # 5. The crew was great, everyone got along, just a great trip!

Bruce Griffiths ~ Whitehorse, YK

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

 

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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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Marine Link Tours Freight Boat Cruise

*** COVID-19 Update*** (March 23, 2020)

COVID-19 CANCELLATION POLICY

Trips #1-8, 2020 (excluding Trip #4)

We will not be offering any refunds on deposits or final payments paid.

A credit for 100% of the amount paid by the passenger(s) will be issued to be used for a future sailing.

This credit can be used to book for any available sailing in 2021 or 2022.  No-rebooking fee will be charged. We will not be taking any new bookings for the later part of 2020 at this time.

  • Only passengers from the cancelled sailings are eligible to book at this time. All re-bookings will be taken on a first come, first served basis.
  • Passengers re-booking into 2021 can choose to transfer to 2020 at no charge (should the season start-up again)
  • Passengers re-booking into 2021 can transfer to 2022 no later than 60 days prior to the 2021 sailing; however, a re-booking fee of $150 will be charged.
  • Passengers choosing to wait and book in 2022 will be given 1st opportunity to book when the 2022 schedule is released (Mid-January 2021).
  • Passengers may upgrade to a different stateroom or season (when available) but must pay the difference in cost.
  • Passengers who re-book a lower level stateroom or season will not be given a credit for the cost difference.
  • All re-booked passengers will need to submit a new Cruise Application Form.
  • Credits are non-transferable and must be used by the end of the 2022 season.
  • These passengers will have exclusive access to booking for 2021 until August 11, 2020.  After which we will open sales to the general public.

 Trip #4 (VIVA Vagabond Trip)

All passengers on Trip #4, 2020 will be automatically rolled over to Trip #4, 2021. We will not be offering any refunds.

 *** Marine Link Tours will be reaching out to all Passengers on Trips 1 – 8 individually.  Please wait to contact us until you have heard back.

 Trips # 9 – 16, 2020

A decision regarding these trips will be made no later than April 28, 2020.  We will be re-assessing the state of the world and will decide a course of action for those trips then.                

Trips # 17 – 32, 2020

A decision regarding the rest of our 2020 season will be made no later than June 16, 2020.  We will determine a course of action for the remainder of our season then.

 

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

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

Marine Link Tours cancells all sailings for next 60 days.

Amid the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, Marine Link Tours operating out of Campbell River, BC has made the decision to follow the industry standard and voluntarily cancel all tour sailings for the next 60 days which is one quarter of the sailing season. This is projected to impact approximately 100 passengers and visitors to the Campbell River area from British Columbia, Alberta, Washington and the rest of North America.

Marine Link Tours is a small, family run company and the passengers are a part of that family.  Although our vessel, the M.V. Aurora Explorer is not classified as a “cruise ship” in that she only carries 12 passengers and 6 crew per-sailing, we are looking at the major cruise ship industry for guidance in this unprecedented situation.

“It is now and always has been our top priority to maintain very high standards of health and safety for our crew and passengers and although we are confident in the cleanliness and sanitization of our vessel, we cannot guarantee the social distancing advised by the Canadian Health Minister. Unfortunately, with the rapidly evolving information related to this pandemic, I can no longer ensure the health and safety of our crew or passengers with a reasonable risk management strategy.” Says Guy Adams, owner and president of Marine Link Transportation and Tours.

The Cancelled trips include:
1              Mar 24 to Mar 29             Broughton Archipelago
2              Mar 31
to Apr 5               Discovery Islands
3              Apr 7 to Apr 12                Broughton Archipelago
4              Apr 14 to Apr 19              Discovery Islands
5              Apr 21 to Apr 26              Broughton Archipelago
6              Apr 28 to May 3               Discovery Islands
7              May 5 to May 10              Broughton Archipelago
8              May 12 to May 17            Discovery Islands

The season will now begin with trip #9, sailing on May 19th; however, we are prepared for further cancellations should this pandemic evolve.

We plan to keep most of our regular crew working in the freight-based portion of our business. For those that have fully paid fares on one of the impacted sailings, Marine Link will be reaching out to each passenger individually no later than April 3rd. We are currently overwhelmed with the impact this will cause to our business and are working out a financial mitigation procedure that will be fair for all parties involved.

“We are sailors that work in remote coastal settings with heavy machinery and dangerous goods.  Safe practices are the only practices we employ.  This is a rare and extreme reaction to the current climate; however, we want to be proactive in our approach to the situation.” says Adams.  “This would have been the start of our 26th season and I have never seen anything similar.”

We thank everyone in advance for their patience and understanding as we reach out to those impacted by this decision.

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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.