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New hydrofoil service: Seattle to Victoria to Vancouver, B.C.

If it weren't for the water outside, you might think you were airborne. A surprisingly smooth ride, airplane-style seats, and "flight" attendants aboard Isnland Jetfoil's Spirit of Friendship hydrofoil may have you thinking you've taken wing. You feel virtually no turbulence at top cruising speed of 50 mph even in swells of 9 to 12 feet.

The 90-foot, 240-passenger ship began daily service in april. Each leg takes about 2 hours. The early sailing trip departs Seattle's Pier 69 at 7 a.m., leaves Victoria at 9:30, arrives back in Seattle at 11:30. The second sailing departs Seattle at noon, pauses in Victoria, then leaves for Vancouver at 2:30 p.m.; it returns to Victoria at 7, and departs for Seattle at 7:30. In Victoria, board at Ogden Point off Dallas Road; in Vacouver; board at the Sea Road; in Vancouver, board at the Sea Bus Terminal, foot of Granville Street.

Fares in U.S. dollars for both Seattle to Victoria and Victoria to Vancouver are $45 for adults ($79 round trip), $25 for children 2 through 16 ($45 round trip). Tuesdays through Thursdays, seniors pay the same prices as children, subject to seat availiability. Seattle to Vancouver (via Victoria) fares: $65 for adults ($99 round trip), $40 for children ($65 round trip). Deli-style meals cost $2.25 to $4.

Reservations a week ahead are recommended; call (800) 663-7575 or, in Victoria, (604) 382-7766; or see your travel agent. For best choice of seats, arrive at Pier 69 well before departure time.
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Date:Jun 1, 1985
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