Return to Double Occupancy

Marine Atlantic will return to double occupancy commercial berths (two drivers per cabin) effective Wednesday, June 1, 2022.

The current procedure of single occupancy was implemented as a temporary measure in response to the pandemic. With the easing of public health measures, we are now returning to double occupancy berths.

Passengers are no longer required to complete pre-travel screening and masks are not required. Customers are strongly encouraged to wear masks that cover the nose and mouth when in common areas of vessels or terminals to continue to protect the health and safety of customers and employees.

Drivers who know another driver travelling on the same sailing with whom they are comfortable sharing a cabin should jointly identify themselves to the Purser once onboard.

We are also maintaining an increased number of cabins on all crossings designated for commercial use to provide better availability for drivers who wish to upgrade to a private cabin. Upgrades are on a first-come, first-served basis based on booking sequence and require additional fees.

Why is Marine Atlantic moving away from the current single driver per cabin practice?

Provincial public health guidelines no longer support the need for single occupancy commercial berths. During the pandemic we made many changes to our procedures in line with recommendations from public health to help ensure the health and safety of our passengers and employees. As those recommendations are changing, so will our approach. 

What options are available if I don’t want to travel without an upgrade?

Drivers who are not able to avail of an upgrade due to lack of availability will have the option of travelling on the next vessel where they can avail of an upgrade. No additional fee for choosing to wait will be applied. They also have the option to travel without accommodations and receive a full refund for their berth.

Can I book an upgrade if I’m booking a premium reservation?

Yes, customers can choose to add either a berth or a cabin upgrade to a premium reservation at the time of booking. In the event of a sailing delay or vessel switch, accommodations are not guaranteed.

What if I have a medical exemption and cannot be vaccinated? Can I be guaranteed my own cabin?

Accommodations for drivers in this situation, including being prioritized for available cabin upgrades, will be made whenever operationally possible. Drivers are strongly encouraged to contact Customer Relations in advance of travel and will need to provide documentation.

What if public health measures are re-instated?

We will review the situation and make changes as required by any changes in the public health situation, recommendations, and mandates.

What if the driver I’m paired with shows symptoms of being unwell?

If you have concerns, please address them with the Purser on duty right away. We will work with you to find a solution.

Will proof of vaccination be required for a commercial berth?

No, commercial drivers will not be asked for proof of vaccination to avail of a commercial berth.

Is it possible to stay in my truck during the crossing?

No, Transport Canada regulations prohibit anyone from remaining on vehicle decks while the vessel is at sea.