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Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Winter Ferries to Alaska
Ferry from Washington to Alaska Year-Round
Ferries depart from Bellingham WA to Alaska every Friday year round.
The most popular ferry route to Anchorage or Fairbanks Alaska is from Bellingham WA to Haines Alaska.

The ferry makes stops in Ketchikan, in Wrangell, Sitka, Petersburg and Juneau before arriving in Haines Alaska

From Haines the driving distance to Anchorage is approximately 650 miles
There are no ferries between Washington and Anchorage or Washington and Fairbanks.

If one does not have a passport they can ferry from Bellingham to Ketchican, transfer ships and travel Ketchican to Whittier. This avoids the Canadian border and Whittier is a 2 hr drive from Anchorage

The ferries to Whittier commence service in January 2012.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Bypass Canada using the ferry to Homer AK
Washington to Homer Alaska
Alaska Marine cross-gulf sailings between Washington and Homer commence in January 2012.
Until April 2012, the sailings from Washington to Homer and Whittier require a ship transfer in Ketchikan or in Juneau but they avoid Canada so enable access into Alaska without a passport.

For more ferry information or for ferry reservation call 1-800-686-0446 or visit

Saturday, February 19, 2011
Ferries to Alaska experience heavy traffic

Inside Passage ferry travel
2011 passage on the Alaska Marine Highway - the ferry system that enables travellers to ferry with their vehicles
up the Inside Passage through Ketchican, Wrangell, Sitka,Petersberg, Juneau, Haines and finally to Skagway from Bellingham Washington, is experiencing record bookings.

If seeing Alaska by ferry is on the bucket list for 2011 early planning is essential

Thursday, January 20, 2011
AMHS Ferry Updates

Weekly ferry service to Gustavus Alaska
Commencing in 2011 the Alaska Marine ferry le Comte will provide twice weekly service Juneau to Gustavus Alaska.

The ferry to Gustavus will take between 3 -5 hrs depending on the date.

The ferry cost, one way, per person is approximately 33.00 USD
Gustavus is known as the gateway to the Glacier National Park
It is here that some of the most spectacular scenery in Alaska can be enjoyed

Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Ferry System Down
Alaska Ferry System
Technical issues resulting from a hardware failure have resulted the
shutdown of the Alaska Marine ferry online reservation system.

Since 01 January 2011 ferry schedule, fare and booking information has
 been unavailable from the Alaska Marine site however system officials
 advise that they expect the site to be functioning prior to weeks' end

In the interim, sailing, rate and booking information is available through 1-800-686-0446

Monday, January 03, 2011
Bellingham Washington to Whittier Alaka to Kodiak Island
Bellingham Washington to Whittier Alaska to Kodiak Island
May 2011 will see the introduction of the MV Kennicott providing direct
 cross-gulf servicefrom Bellingham, WA to the port of Whittier.
Whittier is approximately 60 miles south of Anchorage.
The cross-gulf ferry will stop in Ketchikan, Juneau and
Yakutat on the way to Whittier and will then continue on to
provide connecting service from Whittier to Kodiak Island

Thursday, December 30, 2010
Avoid Ferry Cancellation Frustration
Because of inclement weather during the winter months it is important
to always call the departure terminal a few hours prior to the scheduled check-in
to confirm that there are no ferry delays or ferry cancellations.

Ferry terminal numbers
Clipper ferry:  1.800.686.0446
BC Ferry:       1.888.223.3779
Alaska ferry:  1.800.585.8445

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Thank You BC Ferries
A man was rescued by BC Ferries after his 14' boat capsized in high winds on 28 December

Suffering from signs of hypothermia when the MV Queen of Cumberland rescued him from the frigid waters
just south of north Pender Island, the man was taken to the Otter Bay terminal where he was examined by
 B.C. Ambulance paramedics.

Thursday, December 16, 2010
Alaska Ferry: Vehicle Space Tight over Holiday & early 2011
Washington to Alaska Ferry
Vehicle space of the ferry Bellingham to Alaska is tight for the balance of December 2010 and into January 2011.
This trip takes 3 days ( departing Friday, arriving Monday) but saves driving the Alcan highway which can be slow going at this time of year
For more information on the ferry schedule or to make reservations call 1-800-686-0446

Monday, November 29, 2010
Alaska ferry update
Alaska Ferry Space Update  ( current as of 29 November 12:07 pst

Washington to Alaska Inside passage
03 December    Bellingham - Haines:  car space   Limited
10 December    Bellingham - Haines:  car space   Open
17 December    Bellingham - Haines:  car space   Open
24 December    Bellingham - Haines:  car space   Open
31 December    Bellingham - Haines:  car space   Sold Out

X- Gulf Ferry
09 January        Whittier- Juneau:     
car space   Sold Out  

Space availability changes constantly.
Call 1-800-686-0446 for updated ferry information

Monday, November 29, 2010
Space Tight on Alaska ferries as winter sets in
Car space on the Alaska ferry between Bellingham WA & Alaska is getting tight as travellers to & from Alaska seek alternatives to the long drive
If planning travel to from Alaska between book early to avoid disappointment 
Official schedule, cost  and reservation information available at toll free 1-800-686-0446

Monday, November 29, 2010
Save 20% Bellingham - Friday Harbor ferry tour
Bellingham - Friday Harbor gift certificates bought before 20 December 2010 for travel May through September 2011 are being offered at a 20% discount
The new Bellingham - Friday Harbor cruise includes a ferry tour through the San Juan Islands; whale watching; a 2 hr shore visit in Friday Harbor and a salmon / chicken buffet on the Friday Harbor- Bellingham return trip
A perfect Christmas gift & availble until 20 December for 71.20 per adult
(regular price is 89.00)

 Call 1-800-686-0446 for more details

Friday, November 26, 2010
Ferry + Hotel Grand Pacific Special
Extraordinary Seattle-Victoria overnight offer valid for travel 01 November 2010 thru 02 January 2011
Travel Seattle - Victoria return on the Clipper and enjoy a 1 night stay in Victorias 4 star Hotel Grand Pacific
Enjoy 2 days visiting the shops, galleries and museums in Victoria wihile staying in a luxury hotel- all for the superb price of 230.00 per couple

Call 1-800-686-0446 to book your reservation

 * Package is subject to space availability & is non refundable, non changeable

Thursday, November 04, 2010
Bellingham ferry to Victoria 2011
Sadly it was learned today that VSJC will not operate the Bellingham-Victoria ferry service in 2011
The always popular ferry service is believed to have suffered declining numbers as a direct result of the June 2010 border requirement for passports.

For years the ferry departing from the Port of Bellingham each May through September morning, carried passengers on a scenic 3 hr trip through the San Juan Islands to the Inner Harbour in downtown Victoria.

With a complimentary dinner on the return trip each evening, the Bellingham-Victoria ferry trip was undoubtedly one of the best "mini vacation" values in the Northwest.

Moving forward VSJC has announced that the vessel previously used on the Bellingham-Victoria route will now serve an increased service Bellingham- Friday Harbor

Vancouver Island is served by the auto/passenger ferries from Vancouver, auto/passenger ferries from Anacortes, auto/passenger ferries from Port Angeles and passenger only Seattle ferry

For schedules & fares on every ferry systems serving the Island, go to or call 1-800-686-0446

Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Bellingham Washington to Whittier Alaska direct

MV Kennicott
Great news for travellers planning to ferry from Washington to Alaska this summer.
Commencing 07 May 2011 Alaska Marine will offer direct cross-gulf service  from Bellingham to Whittier on alternate Saturdays.
The reverse ferry service, Whittier to Bellingham will commence 31 May.

Whittier is approximately 60 miles from Anchorage

Ferry schedules, fares, online reservations and general information on all Alaska ferry sailings can be found at or by calling 1-800-686-0446

Reservations for the 2011 cross-gulf service began at the start of October so planning & early booking is essential

Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Weekly Summer Service Juneau to Gustavus

MV LeConte

The popularity of Gustavus (Gateway to Glacier Bay National Park) has resulted in easier & more frequent connections via Juneau being added by the Alaska Marine Hwy.
Weekly ferry service Juneau to Gustavus will commence May 2010.
Call 1-800-686-0446 for reservations

Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Added Ferry Sailings for 15 Dec 2010

MV Lituya
MV Lituya will add sailings on Wednesday, December 15th for the Annette Island School District dedication ceremony.
Additional ferry schedule information is available by calling Alaska Marine at 1-907-465-3941

Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Alaska Cross-Gulf Ferry Schedules 2011 ( May thru Sept )
Bellingham WA ferry to Whittier AK

Great news for travellers needing a direct ferry route from Bellingham WA to Whittier AK

May 2011 sees the start of direct ferry service between Bellingham in the Lower 48 and Whittier AK- no more having to spend a night in Ketchikan or Juneau etc before boarding the ferry across the gulf.

This year will see 2 Northbound ferries per month begining service in Bellingham and travelling straight through to provide cross-gulf service

 Call 1-800-686-0446 for the lowest rates and most current Alaska ferry information

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tax refund provides a fare reduction on BC Ferries

The successful defense by BC ferries that their German built Super C class vessels could not have been built in a Canadian shipyard has resulted in an import tax refund of something like 120 million for the corporation
The result of this refund will be a fare reduction commencing 22 October 2010

Providing service between Vancouver and Vancouver Island the popular Super Cs -Coastal Renaissance, Coastal Inspiration and the Coastal Celebration are the largest double-ended ferries in the world

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Passports required for Ferry Travel between countries
Beginning 01 June 2009, passports became the required form of ID to re-enter the US after travel through Canada - whether by air, land or sea.

Passports are now the basic identification document necessary for travelers ferrying between the US & Canada. 

Passengers who travel on the following ferries need passports:
Prince Rupert to Alaska ferry
Seattle to Victoria ferry
Bellingham to Victoria ferry
Anacortes to Victoria ferry
Port Angeles to Victoria ferry,
or the Friday Harbor to Victoria ferry

Additional information on all US / Canadian ferry ports along the BC AK & WA coast can be found at

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