Given the diminished budget and Alaska ferry service cuts this summer, unsupported speculation is that historical winter programs like Drivers Travel Free - may be a thing of the past.
So far there has been no word as to whether Alaska Marine will increase fares or whether they will continue the "Driver Travels Free Oct Thru April" policy employed over the last few years.
Slightly later than in previous years, the Alaska Marine ferry schedules are expected to be released toward the end of August.
The schedules will cover the period October 2015 through and inclusive of April 30, 2016.
cDanica Marrs termed an angel by grateful Mum
Heavy sailing waits to Vancouver Island on the busiest weekend of the year threatened to prevent a Langley Mother from getting to her sons bedside after he suffered a life threatening stroke.
On hearing the situation, BCF agent Danica Marrs enabled the dying mans family to board the next sailing to Nanaimo and make it to the hospital in time to say goodbye.
A company constantly criticized and seldom praised, CONGRATULATIONS to BC Ferries President Mike Corrigan who in spite of tough times brought in a significant earnings increase over 2014.
A tough company to steer because everyone thinks they can do it better,
BCF is unfailingly courteous - and an unparalled treat to deal with on both a professional & passenger level
Success always comes from the top - Kudos BC Ferries & Mike Corrigan!
Mechanical issues today forced the cancellation of all 24 May MV Taku sailings
Through May 26, the MV Matanuska will sail the revised schedules shown below
Monday, May 25
Juneau depart 1:00 am. (added run to Haines)
Arrive Haines 5:30 a.m.
Depart Haines 6:30 am.
Arrive Juneau 11:30 am.
Depart Juneau 1:00 pm.
Arrive Petersburg 9:00 pm.
Depart Petersburg 9:45 pm.
Tuesday, May 26
Arrive Wrangell 12:45 am.
Depart Wrangell 1:30 am.
Arrive Ketchikan 7:30 am.
Depart Ketchikan 8:30 am.
Arrive Prince Rupert 3:30 pm.
Depart Prince Rupert 5:30 pm.
Arrive Ketchikan 10:30 pm.
Depart Ketchikan 11:45 pm. (on schedule)
By allocating $5.5 million of unused fiscal year 2015 AMHS fuel trigger funds, Governor Walker restored funding to the 2016 Alaska Marine operating budget .
This funding allows Alaska Marine to provide the previously scheduled ferry service & thereby honor previously booked reservations.
There is one exception - the MV Taku sailings for July and August of 2015 have been cancelled but the vessel will return to service in October
The FVF Chenega will make an extra stop in Angoon to accommodate visitors attending the Angoon High School graduation.
For additional details contact 907-465-3940
A Coast Guard inspection on Tuesday, 26 May will cause the MV Aurora to have an extended port call to Valdez on Tuesday May 26th
For additional details call 1-907-465-3940.
The MV Tustumena is scheduled to return to service Sunday, May 17 after additional service was deemed necessary during the ships annual overhaul.
There will be a revised schedule however it should not affect the ships departure from Homer on May 19
Washington State Ferries have released the May-June schedules for Port Townsend/Coupeville and Anacortes/Sidney, B.C.
Ferry service between Brentwood Bay & Mill Bay will be temporarily suspended while the MV Klitsa undergoes a scheduled major refit.
Travel to Mill Bay and Brentwood Bay is available via Highway #17 and Highway #1.
Alaska Marine has added sailings on Monday 20 April to accommodate ferry travellers who were affected by the cancelled MV Fairweather sailings on Sat 18th
High winds & heavy seas had caused the April 18 sailing cancellations on the MV Fairweather
Please contact the Juneau office at 1-907-465-3941 for further information,
While in drydock for her annual maintenance it was discovered that the MV Tustumena required additional work.
This work had delayed her return to service until 12 May 2015.
As a result all Tustumena sailings from 02 May to 11 May have been cancelled but Alaska Marine agents in the Juneau office (1-907-4653941) are on hand to help with rescheduling ferry travellers.
No need for a cabin if you want to meet & enjoy company from around the world; gaze at the spectacular heavens and rest your weary bones - just pitch your tent on the aft deck of the ferry and grab a recliner.
Enormously popular !
Alaska Marine Ferries will close their bar service on their major vessels in 2015
Beer & wine will still be available on board but sales will be limited to each vessel's cafeteria and conducted only during meal hours.
The announcement suggests that the bar closures will result in a saving of some 750,000 per year for the ferry system.
Budget cuts may force both Alaska residents and thousands of visitors planning ferry travel in Alaska this summer to make last minute changes to already confirmed reservations.
While not yet detailed, budget restrictions could force some 9,000+ people currently holding booked and paid for summer ferry reservations to cancel or reschedule their trip/s.
Alaska Marine Highways Deputy Commissioner Mike Neussl (907-465-6977 ) notes that AMHS reservation staff are organized & will be contacting travelers to reschedule sailings and minimize inconveniences as soon as any schedule changes are confirmed
For more details call 1-907-465-3941
To accommodate the Cordova High School music festival there has been a route change to the FVF Fairweather ferry schedule.
Please call 1-907-4653941 for more details.
Alaska Marine Cancels Ferry
Due to storm force winds, heavy seas and freezing spray, the MV Aurora return sailing Hoonah to Juneau for Thursday, Feb. 5 is delayed.
Information provided by the Alaska Department of Transportation.
Questions should be directed to AMHS at 907-465-3941
The Premier has told the corporation not to increase fares nor cut services.
The Transportation Minister advised the corporation that there is no extra money in the budget for additional government funding.