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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

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.

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.

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.

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 -

Seattle Victoria Ferry Crossing Time






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

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

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

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Discussions Continue re BC Ferries Terminal Upgrades

Vancouver Ferry Terminal ( Swartz Bay) Upgrade


With some seven million passengers each year, it hs become evident that the ferry terminal at Swartz Bay is in need of upgrades to more efficiently handle the growing traffic.


While current discussion focuses on technical enhancements to the berths & loading ramps, there is talk of a waterfront board walk, a covered market, perhaps basketball courts, a pub, improved cycling facilities and better WiFi.


While passengers say the ferry terminal improvements are overdue, the public has expressed concern that the "amenities" money would be better spent on the improving fleet. 


Downtown Vancouver to Downown Victoria ferry Releases 2019 Schedules

Popular Vancouver to Victoria Ferry Service Releases New 2019 Schedule

Scheduled to restart service in April 2019, the Vancouver to Victoria ferry (serving foot passengers travelling downtown to downtown), will commence daily round-trip service making it possible to to visit the island and return to the mainland the same day.

A same day round trip has long been a desired schedule change and should result in a significant increase in traffic for this passenger-only ferry service.

The Vancouver - Victoria ferry is operated by the Australian company V2V Vacations.



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BC Ferry Fleet To Increase

BC Ferries to Order 5 New vessels

The newest BC ferries will be hybrid ships (with batteries on board), using liquefied natural gas as the primary fuel.
They will be quieter and have a lighter ecological footprint than any other ferries in the fleet, & they will load from both ends.

The new vessels are designed to carry between 1,600 and 2,100 passengers & crew, and 310 to 358 cars.
It is anticipated that the 1st ferry in this fleet expansion will start service in 2023.