Marine Link Tours The Vessel
Marine Link Tours M.V. Aurora Explorer
The Aurora Explorer is a 135-foot landing craft. It operates from a base near Campbell River, transporting a wide variety of heavy equipment and general freight throughout the Gulf of Georgia, Johnstone-Queen Charlotte Straits and all connecting mainland inlets.
The vessel is Canada Steamship Inspection approved and carries the full range of safety equipment and crew certification as directed by the Canadian Coast Guard.
Passenger accommodations received an upgrade during the winter 2012/13 and now offers one bunk-bed style stateroom and five twin bed style staterooms with limited accommodation for single occupancy. * Maximum passenger complement is twelve in addition to a crew of six. The vessel layout includes six shared washrooms, and three shower rooms and adjacent washer/dryer (there are separate accommodation and washroom/shower facilities for the crew).
Passenger accommodation is offered on regular freight voyages to a variety of coastal locations. Trip packages are 3 and 5 days in duration. All cruises start and finish at Menzies Bay, Campbell River, B.C., Canada.
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. Whenever possible, the vessel will stop to catch fresh prawns or drop a fishing line over the side for salmon, halibut or groundfish. On occasion, the ship's cook will prepare crab from the ship's crab trap. Both passengers and crew will share hearty fare prepared on board.
The Aurora Explorer is a working freight boat. The accommodations, while comfortable, are not luxurious. Moreover, passengers joining the vessel are advised that there are two steep stairways on board and no elevators. Smoking may only take place in designated exterior deck areas. Vibration and noise associated with vessel operation and freight activities will also be encountered. Some passengers will experience difficulty sleeping, particularly at the beginning of their cruise. A general waiver of liability forms part of the terms of carriage for passengers embarking on the Aurora Explorer.