Testimonials

Susan Leatherman ~ Canmore, Alberta
Susan Leatherman ~ Canmore, Alberta

I’ve just returned from my third trip (over 20 years) on the Aurora Explorer, and it was as perfect as the previous two trips!  

The staff, and the food, was excellent, and the new addition of the in-cabin bathrooms was so convenient.  Although the previous bathrooms and showers on board were always sparkling, to have these facilities in our cabins is brilliant.  All the facilities were so clean and well organized too.  

It was such a wonderful time of seeing the nooks and crannies of the Broughton Archipelago, the ancient clam gardens, some petroglyphs, the garrison at Yorke Island. Billy Procter’s museum at Echo Bay, some humpback whales, and orcas, and dolphins, and so much more.  

And the weather was beautiful also! My thanks to all the staff at Marine Link/Aurora Explorer for such a wonderful few days!

Anne & John Sillins ~ Chemainus, BC
Anne & John Sillins ~ Chemainus, BC

John and I just sailed with the 'Aurora Explorer' on the last cruise of your 2022 season.  We would like to say a big THANK YOU, to everyone of you.  This was our 8th cruise with your landing barge....for sure more to follow in the future.

It is difficult to find the words to tell you all how wonderful it was again, yes - even with a little rain and low clouds - the crew far exceeded our needs, they looked after us all on board with grace, dignity and a big smile.  Janet, our Chef, provides meals to beat any of the grand resorts.  Out of that small galley come aromas and meals to satisfy all and any appetite. Karen our Steward so caring, attentive and always amusing.  Ron, as our Captain, just as Philippe your other Captain on our other cruises, shared local knowledge at every turn. Randy your Engineer, shared his knowledge of this coast and kept us abreast of what each stop on our cruise would entail, along with help from Deckhand Leland.

Kevin the Mate, who we have sailed with for each of our eight cruises, was and is - amazing, a credit to Marine Link Tours......a credit to himself.  We have never seen him without an answer to our many questions, and for sure he is never without a smile.  Kevin as you move towards your retirement years John and I wish you the very best retirement, we will miss you when next we sail on the 'Aurora Explorer'.

The meals were delicious.  Our stateroom and bathroom were spotless and welcoming.  The scenery in rain or sun shine always interesting.  Your whole crew the very best!!

And last but not least, Colleen you answers our questions on the telephone, book our cruises and we know you always remember each and everyone of us who sail with Marine Link.  Although we cannot see your face, we know there is a smile for us.   You keep 'all the balls in the air' for Guy and the rest of the staff.

We will sail with you again.  Can't wait!   Yours truly and thank you all,  Anne and John Silins, Chemainus

Margaret Gardner ~ Sykesville MD
Margaret Gardner ~ Sykesville MD

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.

Bruce Griffiths ~ Whitehorse, YK
Bruce Griffiths ~ Whitehorse, YK

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

Peggy Dearth Wormington ~ Colfax CA
Peggy Dearth Wormington ~ Colfax CA

We had a wonderful voyage on the Aurora Explorer. Relaxing, educational, different! Friendly people and crew - 12 passengers! Food very fresh and delicious. A wonderful library of local interest books.

Bob & Mag Moeller ~ Campbell River, BC
Bob & Mag Moeller ~ Campbell River, BC

Just want to take a minute to say “thank you so much” for the awesome voyage. This was our second trip & we both thoroughly enjoyed all the little ‘ports’ we visited, along with the outstanding scenery everywhere we went ... one never.

Sam Dougherty ~ San Jose, CA
Sam Dougherty ~ San Jose, CA

Just wanted to thank you and the crew for such a wonderful Mystery Cruise in May. The crew was great, the other passengers friendly, and your chef, Shannon was fabulous. I hope to do this again sometime. Great trip!

 
Tom Lownie
Tom Lownie

Just a word to let you know that my wife Bev and I had a great time on our recent trip on board Aurora Explorer. We had unique experiences, good food, a fine crew who could not have done more for us and comfortable accommodation aboard the Explorer. We are so glad to have had the opportunity to do this trip.

 
Anne & Mike W - Victoria, BC
Anne & Mike W - Victoria, BC

Thanks for the trip. We enjoyed ourselves immensely. The crew were wonderful, especially Paige and Janet whom we interacted with the most of course. The food was fabulous and with lovely variety and exquisitely presented every time. Everyone on crew was friendly, helpful, patient and interesting as well. The other passengers were good fun. Loved the tour and would recommend it to anyone who has not travelled in the areas and for a closer look at isolated communities and a way of life that many are not familiar with.

Jan Blower
Jan Blower
7 months ago
The most wonderful experience. 6 days of absolute bliss. Captain Ron & his crew were amazing & treated us royally & were so knowledgeable. Can’t say enough about the crew. Enjoyed them all. Always great interaction with all of us. Nothing was missed. The meals were exquisite. Thanks Janet. I am still in awe of all that you & Paige prepared & served. We saw humpbacks, orcas, dolphins. Swam at 3 beaches & had amazing beautiful clear, sunny hot days. A spectacular mtn around every corner with even a glimpse of Mt Waddington. So missing everyone & soooo much fun. Jan & Bill B. Ps…we did gain weight but so worth it.
Dale Skaarup
Dale Skaarup
4 months ago
This was a great trip through an interesting part of Canada. The barge crew's work was fascinating to watch and the food service crew were great. All of them were friendly and seemed very efficient in their duties. The pace of the trip was very relaxing. All around, it was well worth doing.
Julie Nelson
Julie Nelson
5 months ago
This was the most wonderful trip. The scenery was stunning. We saw humpback whales, dolphins, porpoises and orcas. The cabins were very comfortable. The food was incredible. Janet is the queen of salads and every meal was delicious. Karen made sure every thing was perfect. The entire crew was so friendly and helpful. We took the northern route and plan on taking taking the southern route in the future.