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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Valentines Ferry Info and Reservations.
Celebrate Valentines Day in Victoria on the Seattle Ferry.

If thinking of a special Valentines Day surprise, consider a "mini-cruise" from Seattle to Victoria BC.
The crocus and daffodils are starting to appear and with the US to Canadian dollar at an exchange rate of about $1.30 Canadian, buying anything is a bargain for US visitors.   But don't delay

Valentines Day packages (guaranteed to provide the lowest ferry/hotel fares) are selling quickly and many of the Victoria downtown hotels are already getting tight on space.

Call 1-800-686-0446 for Valentines Ferry info and reservations.



Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Ferry Seattle to Victoria BC
The Victoria Clipper

The Victoria Clipper is the fastest, most direct way to travel between Seattle and Victoria.
The high-speed passenger-only ferry to Victoria, BC operates daily, year- round and makes the crossing in just under 3 hours.

Online booking at www.ferrytravel.com is fast, easy and guarantees the lowest cancellable fares avilable.

For the Guaranteed Lowest Ferry / Victoria Hotel package fares call 1-800-686-0446.

Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Seattle Ferry Passengers May Be Affected By Road Construction
Clipper Ferry Passengers Be Aware

Ferry travellers departing/arriving in Seattle should be aware that on 11 January 2019, the Alaskan Way Viaduct will close permanently
As a result it is anticipated that
the Seattle core may see a greater than usual traffic buildup.

Travellers are reminded that because unexpected delays may occur while construction on the new SR 99 tunnel takes place, it is important factor in plenty of time to accommodate this.

The following should be helpful:

Washington State Department of Transportation

24-hour Construction Hotline: 1-888-298-5463

Seattle Department of Transportation Phone: 206-684-7623






Monday, December 31, 2018
Skagway Ferry Sailing Cancelled
December 31st, 2018 Ferry Cancelled
Mechanical issues have caused the cancellation of the MV Columbias last sailing of 2018 to Skagway  (December 31) to be cancelled.

The Columbia will serve Haines as scheduled, & will leave Haines on December 31, 2018 at 6:15pm. 



Monday, December 31, 2018
Additional Ketchikan Ferry Sailings
Annette Bay & Ketchikan to Enjoy
Additional ferry sailings between Annette Bay and Ketchikan are scheduled for Monday, December 31, 2018 & Tuesday, January 1, 2018.

This decision will enable the M/V Lituya to overnight in Ketchikan due to forecasted heavy winds.

Saturday, December 29, 2018
Gale Force Winds cause Kodiak Ferry Cancellations
Cancelled ferry sailings for Kodiak, Port Lions & Ouzinkie

Gale force winds, heavy seas, & freezing spray, have caused sailings to Kodiak, Port Lions, and Ouzinkie for Sunday and Monday, December 30-31, 2018 on the M/V Tusutmena to be  cancelled.

On Sunday, December 30, 2018, the M/V Tusutmena will make its scheduled ferry stop in Seldovia & will then return to, & remain in Homer until resuming her regularly scheduled sailings on Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

Friday, December 28, 2018
Alaska Ferry Suffers Mechanical Causing Delays
Alaska Ferry Service Cancelled

Mechanical issues have caused the F/V Fairweather to cancel her ferry sailings on Dec 29 & Dec 30 however
the M/VLeConte will take over the Fairweather's Lynn Canal voyage on Sunday, December 30, 2018.

The Sunday ferry schedule for December 301, 2018 on the LeConte will be:
  • Depart Juneau at 8:00 am to Arrive Haines at 12:30pm
  • Depart Haines at 1:00 pm to Arrive Skagway at 2pm
  • Depart Skagway at 3:00 pm to Arrive Haines at 4pm
  • Depart Haines at 5:00 pm to Arrive Juneau at 9:30pm

Saturday, December 22, 2018
Book 2019 Alaska Ferry Travel Early
Alaska Ferry Space Sells out Well in Advance of Summer Travel

Every year travellers are disappointed because they are unable to travel the most popular ferry routes in Alaska because they waited too long to secure space.

If planning to ferry Bellingham Washington to Whittier Alaska or visa versa, or to ferry Valdez to Whittier (either way), it is essential to book as early as possible.
The ferry serving the Valdez <-> Whittier route is almost always sold out of vehicle space by June.

To avoid travelling through Canada, the only route available to vehicle driversis the ferry Bellingham <-> Whittier.
Driving the highway does not avoid a quick dip into Canada.
With only 10 sailings in either directions each year, summer ferry space to Whittier is usually sold out by February. 
(Whittier ferry service is only 2x per month beginning in April & ending in September)

To secure ferry reservations either call 1-800-686-0446 or for faster service book directly online at www.ferrytravel.com.

Saturday, December 22, 2018
BC Ferries Cancels Sailings
BC Ferries cancels sailings on major route due to high winds

High winds and heavy seas have forced BC Ferries to cancel the 12:00PM sailing from Vancouver (Tsawwassen terminal) and the 2:00PM  ferry sailing from Victoria ( Swartz Bay)

New announcements will be made closer to the schedules 4:00 PM and onward sailings.

If holding BC Ferry reservations on the Vancouver or Victoria sailings please call 1-888-223-3779 to secure the most updated information.




Thursday, December 20, 2018
Ferries Services Resume
Poor Weather causes BC & Washington Ferry Cancellations

After a day of gale force winds and stormy seas, most BC & Washington ferry services have resumed.

BC Ferries are again operating along the Sunshine Coast, the Gulf Islands and between the Mainland and Vancouver Island.

Both the Seattle ferry to Victoria (Clipper) and the ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria  (MV Coho) anticipate resuming their normal ferry schedule services on Friday 21 Dec. 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018
BC Ferries To The Rescue
Seaman Rescued By BC Ferries

Responding to a 6:30 PM mayday call from a pleasure craft sinking near Moresby Island on Monday evening, the crew on the Coastal Celebration rescued the boater from his sinking 24-foot aluminum vessel.

Gale-force winds and four-foot seas caused the near fatal accident however the help provided by BC Ferries reversed the course of a near tragedy.

Although the pleasure boat was lost, the owner was treated and released from hospital with no serious injuries.


Thursday, November 01, 2018
High Winds cause Alaska Ferry Delay
Ferry To Overnight In Ketchikan

Due to forecasted high winds, the MV Lituya will overnight in Ketchikan
Additional ferry sailings between Annette Bay and Ketchikan will b available on Friday, 02 Nov & Sat 03 Nov .

Monday, October 29, 2018
Alaska Ferry Running Times

Running Times for Alaska Ferries

Bellingham Prince Rupert Ketchikan Wrangell Petersburg      Sitka    Juneau  Haines   Skagway
Prince Rupert - - 6 hrs 12 hrs 15 hrs 25 hrs 23 hrs 27.5 hrs 28.5 hrs
Ketchikan 38 hrs 6 hrs - 6 hrs 9 hrs 19 hrs 17 hrs 21.5 hrs 22.5 hrs
Wrangell 44 hrs 12 hrs 6 hrs - 3 hrs 13 hrs 11 hrs 15.5 hrs 16.5 hrs
Petersburg 47 hrs 15 hrs 9 hrs 3 hrs - 10 hrs 8 hrs 12.5 hrs 13.5 hrs
Sitka 57 hrs 25 hrs 19 hrs 21 hrs 18 hrs - 8.5 hrs 13 hrs 14 hrs
Juneau 55 hrs 23 hrs 17 hrs 11 hrs 8 hrs 8.5 hrs - 4.5 hrs 5.5 hrs
Haines 59.5 hrs 27.5 hrs 21.5 hrs 15.5 hrs 12.5 hrs 13 hrs 4.5 hrs - 1 hr
Skagway 60.5 hrs 28.5 hrs 22.5 hrs 16.5 hrs 13.5 hrs 14 hrs 5.5 hrs 1 hr -

Sunday, October 28, 2018
Seattle Victoria Ferry Crossing Time
How long does it take to ferry between Seattle & Victoria, is a common question.

The ferry travelling between Seattle & Victoria takes between 2-3/4 & 3 hrs.
A high-speed catamaran, the ferry able to carry 425 foot passengers.
No vehicles are carried on the Seattle ferry  - and at this time, there are no vehicle ferries travelling the Seattle Victoria route.

The Seattle Victoria ferry pricing will vary depending on both space availabliity & date of travel - however, the very best fares are available for those booking a ferry/hotel package. 

Any separately booked hotel & ferry is guaranteed to cost more than a package special that includes both ferry transportation + a Victoria hotel.

For more information that will include most of the downtown Victoria hotels included in the ferry/hotel packages, call 1-800-686-0446


Saturday, October 27, 2018
Alaska Travel Tip
Alaska Time Zone

Alaska uses Alaska Time. 
Alaska time is one hour earlier than Pacific StandardTime & four hours earlier than Eastern Standard Time.

In 2018 Daylight Savings Time in Alaska begins on March 12 at 2am and ends on November 04 at 2am.


Friday, October 26, 2018
Sleeping in Vehicles while travelling on an Alaska or BC Ferry
Alaska & BC Ferry Passengers Must Ride on the Upper Decks

Coast Guard regulations require passengers to move to the upper decks while the vessel they are travelling on is underway.

Sleeping in an RV on the ferry is against regulations so cabins with bunk beds are available on most ferries travelling overnight.
Alternatively, sleeping in any one of the many onboard lounges is acceptable and is free.

Get costs & schedules for travel on ferries in Alaska, BC and Washington at www.ferrytravel.com


Friday, October 26, 2018
RV's and Travel Trailers on the Alaska Ferry
RV's and Travel Trailers on the Alaska Ferry

Both the Alaska State ferries and BC Ferries can accommodate RV’s, motorhomes & passenger trucks pulling trailers.

The maximum allowable length is 70’ and a maximum height to 13’.
Folding in mirrors where possible can result is a substational cost saving as a standard width rate is charged for vehicles up to 8’6”.
For vehicles between 8’7" - 8’11” wide, the vehicle rate is increased by 25% over the standard fare; and RV's etc over 9' wide will incur an charge of 50% on top of the standard vehicle fare.
 
It is important to accurately measure the combined bumper to bumper length of your vehicle/s so when making a reservation you are charged the correct price.
Ferry costs for RVs etc are based on the car deck space required - so accuracy is important. 

Travelling by ferry with an RV is extremely popular as the parks in both British Columbia and Alaska are numerous. It is absolutely essential to book any RVs, motorhomes and campers hoping to travel on the Alaska or BC Ferries ASAP. 

Get costs & schedules for RV and Camper travel on ferries in Alaska, BC and Washington at www.ferrytravel.com

Thursday, October 25, 2018
Vancouver to Victoria Passenger Only Ferry
Popular Vancouver to Victoria Ferry Service Releases New 2019 Schedule

Due to restart service in April 2019, the V2V Vacations ferry serving Vancouver to Victoria foot passengers will commence daily, round-trip service.
This schedule change will make it possible to to visit the Island and return to the Mainland the same day.

This has been a long desired schedule change and should result in a significant increase in  traffic for this passenger-only ferry service.

Get costs & schedules for travel on the Vancouver to Victoria fast ferry at www.ferrytravel.com

Thursday, October 25, 2018
Are Passports Required to Take the Ferry to Alaska
Passport Requirements

US citizens travelling from one state to another either by land, air or sea, do not need passports.

However if travelling on the Alaska ferry to Haines or Skagway with the intention of driving the Alcan Hwy to Denali, Anchorage, Fairbanks etc, you will pass through Canada - and if over 18yrs a valid passport. is required.

Get costs, schedules plus rule/regulation information for travel on ferries in Alaska, BC and Washington at www.ferrytravel.com

Thursday, October 25, 2018
Fishing Net Delays BC Ferry
Cut The Net !

Just before 5pm the BC Ferry Queen of Alberni travelling at approx 6 knots snagged a submerged fishing net near Duke Point Nanaimo.

The ferry had slowed to avoid several boats in the area but had been unable to see the submerged fish net until snagging it.

The fishing boat was pulled in the ferry’s wake for a very short time before the taut line either snaped or someone aboard the fishing boat cut it free.  

The area around the terminal can become quite crowded as smaller vessels can ofter block the ferry's path.

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