This might come as a shock to some of you landlubbers, but B.C. Ferries is finally allowing debit cards on a few select vessels.
Yes, despite boasting such technological advances as arcade games, flat screen TVs, spotty wi-fi, germ-infested kids’ zones and the “Pacific Coast Buffet,” B.C. Ferries’ onboard ammenities have always been a strictly cash or credit operation.
That changed today (Oct. 17).
#BCFHeadsUp— BC Ferries (@BCFerries) October 17, 2018
This week we’re starting a trial of accepting debit cards onboard vessels travelling between #Tsawwassen & #SwartzBay 🤗. We’re live on the Spirit of BC & remaining vessels on this route will be all systems go on their first sailings tomorrow #BCFerries ^kb pic.twitter.com/6AqfJMgw7z
But before you go all hog wild on the Queen of Nanaimo and clear out the gift shop of all its fleece vests and lavender-scented hand lotion, you should know that the onboard Interac machines are only available on the Spirit of British Columbia and “select” boats travelling between Victoria and Vancouver… on a trial basis.
Cuz why would you want to commit to such an unproven fad such as debit cards.
To make matters worse, there’s still no word from B.C. ferries about bringing back those sweet coin-operated massage chairs.