On Friday January 30, 2009 a new cruise ferry from ’s Flensburger Shipyard built for British Columbia Ferry Service is scheduled to leave the yard for its journey to , . The ship, Northern Expedition, is 150 m long, capable of carrying 600 passengers and 130 vehicles.
It offer 55 modern cabins for customers and an expanded range of food services and other amenities. The transfer voyage will take about 45 days, and the vessel most likely will stop for refueling in , Canary Islands, Cabo Verde, Curaçao and then transit the Panama Canal and sail up the west coast of North America to .
The new cruiseferry will begin service between Port Hardy and on the so called “” route in time for the 2009 summer season.