Alaska Ferry Space Sells Out Quickly
If thinking about travelling in Alaska this summer, it would be wise to book before May so that you can secure the vehicle and cabin space you think you will need.
Remember that if transporting weapons in your vehicle, you may want to avoid travel through Canada as hand guns and automatic / semi automatic weapons are not legal in Canada and will likely be confiscated.
When entering Alaska from the Lower 48, the only way to avoid going through Canada is either by air, or by using the cross-gulf ferry to Whittier, Homer or Valdez. (See the Alaska route map on ferrytravel.com
Driving the Alcan highway is not an option for anyone with either weapons or a DUI because it does not avoid a quick entry into Canada.
With only 10 sailings in either directions each year, summer ferry space to Whittier is usually sold out before April.
(Whittier ferry service is only 2x per month beginning in April & ending in September)
To secure ferry reservations call either 1-800-686-0446, or for faster service Click Here, to book easily & securely online.
Bellingham - Whittier Cabins
Cabins on the Bellingham - Whittier summer crossings are beginning to get tight.
If planning this 5 day Alaska trip from Bellingham be sure to confirm your reservations as soon as you know your intended dates.
Reminder: The cross-gulf ferry only travels to Whittier 2x per month and only the 4 Berth cabins have a private sink, shower and toilet.
All 2 berth cabins share washroom facilities down the hall.
MV Kennicott Service Suffers Drydock Delay
Sailings scheduled between March 21 thru April 3, 2019 on the MV Kennicott are now canceled.
Alaska Marine anticipates the Kennicott will resume regular ferry service from Ketchikan to Bellingham commencing April 4, 2019.
Alaska Ferry Cancellations
Due to a mechanical issue, the M/V Aurora has cancelled her Sunday, January 27, 2019 sailings.
Ferry service is however expected to resume service on Monday, January 28, 2019, so as to accommodate student sports teams returning home to Valdez early that day.
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.
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 available.
For the Guaranteed Lowest Ferry / Victoria Hotel package fares call 1-800-686-0446.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Running Times for Alaska Ferries
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
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.
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