BC Ferries kicks off alcohol service pilot program on Thursday

BC Ferries kicks off alcohol service pilot program on Thursday
BC Ferries Coastal Celebration, File Photo
BC Ferries kicks off its one-year trial program to serve alcohol on select Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay ferries on Thursday.

A one-year trial program to add beer and wine to BC Ferries’ Pacific Buffet menu will officially kick off on Thursday.

BC Ferries says that the program will start with the 11 a.m. sailing on the Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay route. Only those ships which are equipped with a buffet will be serving alcohol: the Spirit of British Columbia, the Spirit of Vancouver Island, and the Coastal Celebration.

BC Ferries says that other ships may sail along the route during the trial period to accommodate refits or extra sailings during peak periods, including the Queen of New Westminster, Coastal Renaissance or Coastal Inspiration. As these ships are not equipped with a buffet, they will not be serving alcohol.

“Many of our customers have said they would like to have a glass of wine or beer with their meal while sailing with us,” said Melanie Lucia, Executive Director of Catering and Terminal Operations, when the trial program was announced. “We look for ways to enhance the customer experience and are pleased to now offer these beverages in the Pacific Buffet.”

BC Ferries already offers beer and wine for sale on northern routes sailing to and from Port Hardy, Prince Rupert, Haida Gwaii and Central Coast ports they serve. This is the first time beer and wine will be offered on select sailings linking Vancouver and Victoria.


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