Hullo ferry service is adding an extra late night sailing from Vancouver to Nanaimo for people looking to catch the Beyonce concert on Monday, Sept. 11.
The sailing departs from Vancouver at 11:30 p.m. with an estimated arrival time on the Island at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday morning.
It’s the first time ever that Hullo is offering an event sailing, which could become a more regular feature for the ferry line.
“We anticipate it going well,” said Hullo Ferries CEO Alistair Caddick. “Anticipate it being fun and everyone being in a good mode.”
Caddick says the company would like to make late-night evening sailings a more regular occurrence, but there’s no set plan yet.
“If we discover for the next time it needs to be a little bit later then we can adjust it,” he said, adding that Hullo can see how many people have reserved for each sailing.
“We’ll know, as an example, if there are 100 people that are booked, if none of them have shown up it’s probably because the concert ran a bit late, and so we’ll be able to adjust a little bit on the fly, but certainly we won’t be able to stay forever,” he said.
“But I think we’ll be able to accommodate with little adjustments.”
He added that if the weather is uncooperative, Hullo will be able to tell in advance and will warn people as soon as possible.
Caddick notes that safety for passengers and crew is always top of mind.
“I think people tend to come out of these things in good moods and good spirits, and I think they’ll be excited to get home and the service we’re providing,” he said. “So we’re anticipating a good and friendly crowd.”