What You'll Get
With sea segways still in the R & D stage and mermaid minicabs notoriously overpriced, passenger ferries remain the most economical way to travel in aquatic elegance. Discover the ease and breeze of maritime transportation with today's Groupon: for $69, you get one roundtrip ticket for a ferry ride through October 31 from Seattle to Victoria, British Columbia from Clipper Vacations (up to a $149 value, including fuel surcharge). You will also receive 10% off any hotel booked through Clipper Vacations in conjunction with your Groupon with prices starting at $70 per person/double occupancy.
The passenger-only Victoria Clipper is located at Pier 69, between Pier 70 and the Edgewater Hotel, with frequent departures throughout the day. Over the course of 2.5–3 hours, you’ll cruise through the nature-oozing scenery of Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca before arriving in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, famous for the superfluous “u” in its name. During your passage to Canada, you can snack on some grub from the onboard menu or buy a nice gift for the girlfriend you made up in high school with duty-free shopping.
Ever since Carrot Top attempted to cross the Canadian border carrying non-flame-retardant hair and drugs hidden in his muscles, you now have to show an ID and proof of citizenship to pass through customs into Canada. With beautiful landscapes surrounding you on all sides and access to the Victoria Clipper’s bountiful resources, sit back and enjoy the ferry ride while you whittle wood into a horse medallion for the lapel of your tuxedo T-shirt.
You must make a reservation at least three days in advance, book travel by the expiration date of August 17, and arrive 45 minutes before departure. Kids under 12 are $40.50 per paying adult, and their tickets may be purchased at the time of booking.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Aug 18, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1/person, may buy 3/gifts. Limit 1/visit. Reservation reqd 3 days in advance and by 8/17/11. Valid only for travel from 7/1/11-10/31/11. From 7/1-9/25, valid only for 7:30AM depart and 7PM return; other Seattle/Victoria departures avail. for addl $10. Valid for all departures 9/26-10/31. Cancellations within 24hrs of depart time will not be rescheduled. Subj to avail. Space limitations apply to Groupon users. Not valid for previous bookings or group travel. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Clipper Vacations
With a fleet of planes, trains, automobiles, and boats stationed across the Pacific Northwest, Clipper Vacations unveils the signature sights of the region, from the quiet ocean side vistas of the San Juan Islands to the bustling metropolises of Seattle and Vancouver. Three sea-going crafts—the Victoria Clipper, Victoria Clipper III, and Victoria Clipper IV_—watch whales and cruise between islands while historians try to discover why the _Victoria Clipper II was disowned. The company's overland vehicles provide transportation to and from local events and festivals such as pop culture mecca of Emerald City Comicon or the Leavenworth Wine Walk, which serves fermented vintages from 25 local wineries.