RAFE ARNOTT/METRO VANCOUVER
Thousands turned out to tour the latest B.C. Ferries vessel yesterday at an open house held at Canada Place.
"It’s a great opportunity to see parts of the ship you don’t normally get to see," said Trish Wells, who patiently endured an hour-long line-up with her husband and three-year-old. "We thought it’d be a fun experience for our son as well."
The German-built Coastal Renaissance combines wooden panels, earth-toned colours and floor-to-ceiling glass to create a distinctively Northwest feel.
"It’s really beautiful," said Li Zhao of Burnaby. "The decorations are really modernized and sleek."
"I’m very impressed," said Mike Marshbrook of Port Moody. "It appears very well organized, comfortable and clean, with modern colours."
The Coastal Renaissance is the first of three new Super C-class vessels built for B.C. Ferries. It carries 1,650 passengers on two decks and is one of the largest double- ended ferries in the world. It starts its Departure Bay - Horseshoe Bay route in March.