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Alaska Ferry Strike Enters 3rd Day

Ferry Strike update 07-26-2019

Due to the ongoing Inlandboatmen's Union strike, Alaska Marine Highway System vessels are currently not sailing.

All vessel sailings are cancelled through Tuesday, July 30, with the exception of the MV Kennicott, which is cancelled through Wednesday, August 7. 

The Alaska Reservations Call Center will be open limited hours from 10:00am - 2:00pm, Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28.
The call center will resume normal business hours on Monday, July 29 from 7:30am - 4:00pm.

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No Update on Alaska Ferry Strike Alaska Ferries Remain Docked

Alaska Ferries Issue Sailing Disruption Report

"This afternoon, the Inland boatman’s Union of the Pacific initiated a strike. Alaska Marine Highway Vessels will not be sailing until further notice.  

At this time, we are focused on the safety of passengers, crew and vessels. We are reaching out to ticketed passengers to work with them to reschedule, or offer refunds for tickets. We are working to return ships to safe harbor with adequate shore side support.

Your patience is appreciated as we work through the logistics of getting passengers rerouted. There is a heavy volume of calls right now, we are doing our best to reach everyone as quickly as possible".

Alaska Ferries Proposed Winter Schedule

Alaska Ferry Schedules Not Yet Confirmed

The proposed Alaska ferry schedules for October 2019 through April 2020 are currently being discussed and public teleconferences re the Southeast sailing times/frequencies are scheduled for 10:00 am July 29, 2019  & the Southwest & South central schedules will commence at 1:30 PM.

At 1st glance it would appear that there will be service gaps for the following regions :
- the Southwest (Kodiak island, Ouzinkie, and Port Lions) 12 Jan to 30 April;
- the Northern Panhandle 01 Nov to 14 Nov & 15 Jan -01 March;
- the Southeast (Bellingham, WA; Prince Rupert BC, through the Inside Passage, to Yakutat) 01 Oct -30 April

Opinions will be sought & participation can be had by calling 1-515-604-9000, access code 279613.

Alaska Marine operates 10 ferries serving 35 communities.

Add travel time if travelling Victoria Seattle Ferry

Expect BC Ferry Delays 06 July & 13 July

Butchart Gardens are a Must See for Victoria Visitors

Hop on the Seattle ferry to Victoria for a day trip or a longer stay

Over 900 bedding plant varieties spread across stunning 22 hectares; a nightly live entertainment show from the outdoor stage on the Concert Lawn and on Saturdays from June 29 through August 31, a spectacular fireworks display, all contribute to make the Butchart Gardens in Victoria a treat for all ages.

The Gardens, aside from all other attractions in the BC capital city should, even by themselves, be reason enough to visit Victoria..

Combine either a day visit or a ferry / hotel package to the Gardens with a the high-speed passenger ferry from downtown Seattle & you’ll make a memory not soon to be forgotten.

Established in 1994, serves travellers planning to use the following ferry routes:
Seattle-Victoria; Port Hardy-Prince Rupert, all Alaska ferry ports including Ketchikan, Wrangell, Sitka, Petersberg, Juneau, Haines, Skagway, Valdez, Whittier, Cordova & Kodiak.

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A bonus for the Seattle Ferry; for the Environment & For Passengers

Newest Seattle to Victoria Ferry Has Resulted in a Reduced Environmental Footprint.

The 52 metre, 579-seat catamaran sailing the year-round route between Seattle and Victoria is able to travel up to 36 knots and comfortably handle 6’ waves with no passenger issues.

While the previous vessels were rated for and could handle 6’+ seas, sometimes the passengers couldn’t - so sailing cancellations would occur.

With a motion-dampening system and wave-piercing bows that allow the new ferry to operate in weather that would otherwise have forced sailing cancellations, the new vessel can now provide comfortable service in what was once considered less that accommodating seas.

Because the Clipper V carries so many more passengers than previous vessels, (there used to be 3 vessels operating the route daily) the Seattle ferry company notes that with fewer trips now required between Seattle & Victoria because of the larger vessel, not only have the companies' operating costs been reduced, but there has been a reduction in both the environmental footprint and in traffic on the Salish Sea.

For reservatons on the Seattle & Victoria ferry go to or if trying to travel within the next 5 days, call 1-800-686-0446

Seattle Victoria Ferry offers 3 Seating Classes

No Nanaimo Foot Passenger Ferry Service This Year

Island Ferry Services has again delayed the much anticipated 2-1/2+ hr ferry service designed to transport foot passengers ( no vehicles) from Downtown Nanaimo to Downtown Vancouver.

David Marshall, director of operations with Island Ferries has confirmed yet another delay saying that there will be no ferry service operated by Island Ferries in 2019.  So another summer without the proposed foot ferry service between Nanaimo  and Vancouver  will come and go. 

The Vancouver Harbour to Nanaimo Harbour passenger-only ferry service has been in the planning stages for more than a decade but vessel, terminal, monetary and management issues have combined to consistently plaque the proposed ferry service.

Maybe next year or, perhaps either the successful Seattle based Victoria Clipper foot passenger ferries, or the Australia-based Riverside Marine who currently operate the V2V Vacations passenger only ferry service between Victoria & Vancouver will step into the breach ?

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