Since alcohol will exclusively be available in the buffet, only The Spirit of Vancouver Island, The Spirit of British Columbia and The Coastal Celebration will have this new program. Minors will still be allowed within the buffet but will be unable to purchase alcohol.
BC ferries says the program will be on a trial run for one year, and will rely on customer feedback and revenue to determine whether it will remain onboard.
Marshall also confirmed that police were notified and are aware of the onboard drinking. She says police set up roadblocks on either side from time to time and although controlled, can slow down traffic.
Interestingly, BC ferries already sells alcohol on their sailings up north to Port Hardy, Prince Rupert and Haida Gwaii. These voyages are full day, or overnight trips.