The cross -gulf ferries ( ferries that skip Canada by travelling from Washington to Juneau and then across the gulf to the Kenai Peninsula (Whittier, Homer, Valdez) are now sold out for the balance of 2017.
Ferries travelling Homer to Kodiak and Valdez to Whittier travel year round - it is only the ferries that cross the Gulf of Alaska that terminate service for the winter
The cross-gulf ferries will start again in April 2018.
To travel to Homer, Whittier and Valdez between now and March, take the ferry from Bellingham Washington, to Haines Alaska and then drive on from there. This route requires a passportfor transit through Canada
Commencing 01 October 2017 vehicle drivers taking ferries to, from and within Alaska, travel at half price.
From 01 October 2017 thru to and inclusive of 30 April 2018, vehicle drivers can save more than 50% of f the summer rate.
Prince of Wales newest 60' vessel enables passengers to travel from Vancouver to Victoria on an exciting 4 hr cruise thru the Gulf Islands.
Spectacular views of the coastline, plus the opportunity to see orcas and humpback whales, seals, sea lions and sea otters combine to make this trip a must.
On arrival in Victoria, tie allows for a bit of shopping and / or sightseeing before hopping onto a Butchart Gardens dedicated bus where you can explore the magnificent blooms and landscaping that has made this Victoria gem World Famous.
After a couple of hrs exploring the gardens, head to the private dock to embark on a sunset cruise back to Vancouver.
For further ferry information call 1-800-686-0446
Congratulation V2V Vacations !
Motor Vessel V2V Empress
May 2017 saw introduction of the newest & most luxurious ferry service operating along the west coast.
Travelling daily between Vancouver Harbour (below the Convention Centre) and Victoria's Inner Harbour Terminal at Bellville Street, the V2V Empress carries 245 passengers and offers 3 classes of service.
1) Premium Comfort Service: provides main deck family-style ergonomic leather seating, Wi-Fi and electronic device charging and is the most economical.
One way is $120 Cdn per adult/ $60 per child
2) First Class Service: provides Upper Deck seating, Wi-Fi, electronic device charging and includes a complimentary 3-course meal on fine plate-ware (family-style seating is optional)
One way is $199 Cdn per passenger
3) Royal Class Service: with reclining leather seats on the premium deck, this class provides the most luxurious ferry service . Included is Wi-Fi, electronic device charging plus a complimentary 3- course meal, coffee & tea.
One way is $240 Cdn pp
No matter which class one chooses to travel, this 3hr 30 minute cruise provides every passenger with some of the most spectacular coastal scenery found anywhere in the world.
Ferry Sailing Schedule
Vancouver Departure at 08:00h (with a 07:00h check-in/boarding)
Victoria Departure at 14:00h (with a 07:00h check-in/boarding)
Radar System Issue Causes Alaska Ferry Cancellation
Ferry service from Cordova-Tatitlek-Whittier is cancelled for 28th March 2017.
For more information call 1-800 642 0066
Alaska Marine Ferry Schedule Change
To accommodate a special event the sailing schedule for April 11-18, 2017
for the M/V Malaspina has been revised to add two stops in Kake.
BC Ferries Welcomes its Newest Ferry
The Salish Eagle, BC Ferries second natural gas-fuelled ship has arrived in BC waters and found its home into the BC Ferry fleet reported Mark Wilson, BC Ferries' Vice President of Engineering.
"The Salish Class are well built vessels that will help reduce our environmental footprint and our operating costs."
The LNG-powered Salish Eagle will ferry between the southern Gulf Islands this summer.
Commencing 11 March 2017, BC Ferries will implement a fleet wide promotion offering 50% off regular passenger fares on select sailings.
Kids under 11 years can travel free during those same times.
For detailed information call 1-800-868-0446
Dual-Fueled Ferry Arrived in January
The first of the BC Ferries' dual-fuelled Polish built vessels arrived on the coast in January.
One of three mid-sized ferries, the Salish Orca will maximize efficiency as it uses liquefied natural gas
Commencing service this spring the Salish Orca will replace the Queen of Burnaby on the Powell River-Comox route.
Two additional ferries, the Salish Eagle and Salish Raven are expected to go into service on the Southern Gulf Islands runs later this year.
Commencing 08 Feb 2017, the MV Bowen Queen will replace the MV Island Sky for approximately 1 week.
2 extra sailings will be added to the regular Saltery Bay-Earls Cove schedule for the Family Day weekend.
On Feb 10,11,12 &13 there will be a 1:50p sailing from Saltery Bay from Earls Cove a saiing at 2:50
Please note that the MV Bowen Queen is not equipped with an elevator.
Both limited food service offerings & Washroom facilities will however be available on the Bowen Queen vehicle deck
Commencing 13 February 2017, travellers boarding the Alaska ferry from Prince Rupert BC to Ketchican AK will be required to use either a Visa, Master, Discover or Debit card to pay for their ferry crossing.
The Alaska ferry terminal will no longer accept US/Cdn currency, travellers checks, money orders or personal cheques
There is no payment policy change for travellers using the BC ferry between Prince Rupert and Port Hardy.
AMHS Cancels Thursdays Cordova-Valdez-Cordova Ferry
The Alaska ferry scheduled to travel on Thursday 05 January 2017 between Cordova and Valdez and Valdez-Cordova has been cancelled due to heavy winds.
Alaska Marine (1-907-465-3941) will provide further information as it is learned.
BC Ferry sailings between Vancouver Island and the Mainland post Christmas continue to be busy.
Additional sailings have been added at the Swartz Bay, Tsawwassen, Duke Point, Departure and Horseshoe Bay terminals.
For up-to-the hour sailing conditions and possible wait times please call 1-888-223-3779
The sailing schedule for the Alaska bound ferry departing Bellingham WA on 30 December 2016 has been changed to depart at 16:00h (4pm).
Be advised that vehicle check-in in Bellingham, is 2 hrs prior to sailing.
For aditional information please call the Bellingham terminal at 1-360-676-8445
Relieve the Stress and Book a reservation
Christmas is a busy time and with more than normal traffic expected BC Ferries have prepared a calendar showing the dates expected to have the heaviest traffic.
Heaviest Sailings: Tsawwassen (Vancouver) > Swartz Bay (Victoria)
Dec 16th , 17:00
Dec 17th, 11:00 &13:00
Dec 18th, 13:00 thru to 17:00
Dec 19th, 13:00 thru to 17:00
Dec 20th, 11:00 thru 17:00
Dec 21st, 11:00 thru 17:00
Dec 22nd, 11:00 thru 17:00
Dec 23rd, Noon thru 21:00
Dec 24th, Noonb & 13:00
Dec 25,26, Busy all day
Dec 27th, Expected to be busiest day of the holidays.
Although not required on this route, reservations relieve the stress and anxiety of ferry travel
Conditions of Passage
Every transportation company around the globe ( including ferry operators ) have specific "Conditions of Passage or Terms and Conditions". Sometimes these terms & conditions are long and extremely detailed: sometimes they are short & obvious - no loaded guns- no pets above the vehicle deck - etc.
Each operators conditions of passage are shown in several places on this site so that prior to booking, travellers can determine if they are comfortable complying with the terms of both specific ferry operators and of this site use.
Conditions of Passage appear on the FAQ page; the Terms and Conditions page; on all booking references/receipt emails and on all itineraries.
Between 14 Nov and 18 Dec 2016 save up to 50% on select sailings between Vancouver - Vancouver Island; the Sunshine Coast; Southern and Northern Gulf Islands. While this discount doesn't apply to passengers, it does apply to standard vehicles to 20'
AND that not all !!!
BC Ferries has extended the savings to cover the Inside Passage; Haida Gwaii; the Discovery Coast connector; Skidegate & Allford Bay
Below are the BC Ferries Terms & Condition for this promotion
"50% Off Standard Vehicles" promotion is applicable to standard vehicles (excludes driver & passenger fares) up to 20 feet in length including motorcycles.
*South Coast Routes: Offer valid on select sailings November 14 – December 18, 2016 on the following routes: Metro Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Sunshine Coast; Southern Gulf Islands; Northern Gulf Islands, in either direction. †Savings reflect Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay route. **North Coast Routes:
Offer is valid on all sailings November 14 – December 18, 2016, on the following routes: Inside Passage; Haida Gwaii; Discovery Coast Connector; Skidegate – Alliford Bay, in either direction. ††Savings reflect Port Hardy to Prince Rupert route.
Discount does not apply to extra foot charges for over-length vehicles. Not applicable for buses, commercial vehicles and bicycles
Experience Card and Northern Resident discounts will be increased to match the promotional discount on promotional sailings. "50% Off Standard Vehicles" promotion is available on BC Ferries Vacations™ packages. Promotion cannot be applied retroactively to existing BC Ferries Vacations™ package bookings. Limited time offer. Other conditions may apply. Please visit bcferries.com for full details on applicable sailings. BC Reg. 48839.