Marine Link Tours FAQS'
Reservations Now being accepted for the *2013 & 2014* Cruising Season
Marine Link Tours is located at Menzies Bay, 7990 North Island Highway, 15 kilometers North of Campbell River, BC Canada.
What will the weather be like during the different seasons?
- Annual Weather and Conditions and Best Times to Go
- March, April and May - cooler weather but the waterfalls and snow-caps are spectacular. Less fog and few bugs.
- June - usually warmer; can be wet and foggy. Better weather for exploring and getting out and about with the longer days of sunlight.
- July and August - lounge out on deck and soak up the sunshine, however there may be fog at times. Best months for spotting whales and porpoises.
- September - usually reasonably warm, may be some fog; harvest moons at the head of inlets may be spectacular. Best month for viewing bears.
- October - cooler; waterfalls and snow-caps return, mists and colours of autumn provide contrasting west coast vistas.
Will we have opportunities to disembark?Passengers are reminded that the Aurora Explorer is an actual working freight boat. Delivery of freight and the securing of additional freight opportunities will dictate the routing and the timetable of the vessel. While every effort is made to provide time in the schedule for our guests to disembark from the vessel for sightseeing, exploring or other recreational activities, such stops are not guaranteed.
What do passengers do all day?If you are looking for casinos and dancing girls, a freighter is not the place for you - but for most people, that is the whole point.The Aurora Explorer is a working ship and passengers enjoy watching the delivery of freight and goods to camps, fish farms, logging camps, lodges, and remote sites along the coast.Passengers like to spend their time relaxing, reading books, playing cards or simply sitting on deck watching the ocean go by.
When is wildlife viewing at it's best ?Black bear, deer, bald eagles, osprey, hawks, trumpeter swans, canada geese, grizzly bear, seals, otters, mink, porpoise, are just some of the commonly viewed animals throuout the year.
In the spring (April,May and June) there are many birds returning from their winter migration as well as black bears foraging on and near the beaches. This is a good opportunity to see whales and porpoises as they follow the herring spawn up the mainland inlets.
July and August is when the salmon are abundant in the local waters before heading up their native rivers. Killer whales frequently are seen as they hunt for salmon during these months.
In the fall (September, October, November) the salmon have returned to the rivers. The river mouths of the mainland inlets and estuaries congregate numerous species to feed on the live and decaying salmon. Grizzly bears rule this domain but thousands of eagles, gulls, black bear, wolf, and cougar take this opportunity to feed before winter.
What type of clothing and foot wear should we bring?The M.V. Aurora Explorer is a working freight vessel and the atmosphere on board is “casual”. For outdoor wear we recommend soft-soled shoes and a warm jacket, as even during the summer months, breezes can be cool. We recommend that you bring some wet weather gear and boots for shore excursions, particularly in the spring and fall. Indoors we recommend soft-soled shoes or perhaps a pair of slippers. Please remember your housecoat as the passenger washrooms are shared.
What is included in the fare?Your voyage is "all inclusive". All meals, snacks, variety of soft drinks and juices. Wine is served with the evening meal, however you are welcome to bring additional spirits and beverages. Gratuities are entirely discretionary.
Do the staterooms have electrical plugs for charging camera batteries or running hair dryers?Each stateroom is equipped with 110-volt outlets.Will I have Internet or Cell Phone Access?The Vessel is equipped with Wi-Fi internet access that is connected to our cellular gateway. Depending on where the vessel is located on your journey there will be ample opportunity to check your email, etc. There will also be areas that have cell phone coverage and some areas that do not, as we travel along the West Coast.
Is there somewhere safe to leave our car ?Our parking area is secure and at no charge.
Is there smoking?The entire interior of the vessel is non-smoking and a designated smoking area is located outside.
Do we need to bring our own towels etc?Towels and linen are provided fresh at intervals in your trip.
What facilities are onboard? The vessel has upper and lower lounges for passenger comfort and viewing and there is a nautical and historical library of coastal B.C. on board. The vessel also carries a satellite telephone and cellular connection is available in some areas. There is also an outdoor observation deck and lounge area where passengers can observe the passing scenery or simply lie-back and soak up the sunshine and salt air.