For the protection of both passengers and crew through working to ensure safe distancing practices, the Alaska ferries have reduced the ridership on each ferry by 66%.
This means that almost every sailing sells out very quickly and that dynamic pricing goes into effect almost immediately.
To secure space on any sailing it is essential to book as far in advance as is possible. If a sailing needs to be changed later, the fee is modest and is certainly less that booking late at a higher fare.
For more information on specific sailings ( note that the fare quote is the base price) go to www.ferrytravel.com or call 1-800-686-0446 to make a booking.
Passport Reminder For Alaska Ferry Travel
Bellingham - Whittier Passengers Do NOT Require Passports
Passengers boarding the Alaska ferry in Bellingham and travelling to Whittier ARE NOT REQUIRED to carry passports as that ferry does not stop in Canada.
Passengers travelling on the Bellingham - Haines ferry ARE REQUIRED to carry passports as the ALCAN Hwy from Haines AK to Anchorage, Fairbanks etc, dips into Canada for a short time before re crossing the border back into Alaska.
Note: Canada does not allow entry with either handguns, semi automatic or automatic rifles.
(Weapons can be sent by Fed-X to Alaska)
Canada also deems a DUI conviction ( Driving Under the Influence) to be a felony & may refuse entry.
For more information check the FAQ page on Ferrytravel.com
Alaska Ferries Implement COVID-19 Protocols
Alaska Ferry Protocols
Capacity on all Alaska ferries has been reduced by 66% to protect both passengers and crew.
The objective is to enable easy social distancing: distancing which will be enforced.
Face coverings arestrongly recommended for all passengers.
Enhanced COVID-19 protocols have been implemented at all terminals and aboard all vessels.
Passengers will be required to complete a health screening form prior to boarding and people who are ill,or have recently had contact with an infected person, will not be permitted to travel.
All passengers & AMHS employees are instructed to: 1. practice good hygiene 2. follow social distancing guidelines 3. ensure social distancing in food service spaces
Ferry Port Hardy to Prince Rupert
Discovery Coast Is There To Explore
The BC Ferry from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert is currently operating & offers a fabulous opportunity to explore the BC coastline with your camera.
Sailing every Wednesday and Saturday from Port Hardy at 5:15pm, the ferry will arrive in Prince Rupert the next day at 11:00am.
From Prince Rupert to Port Hardy, the ferry sails each Tuesday & Friday and departs Prince Rupert at 8:00pm arriving in Port Hardy the next day at 1:45pm
To explore this trip go to www.ferrytravel.com to secure your reservation.
Clipper Postpones Seattle - Victoria Ferry Service Till July
Clipper to Commence Ferry Service In July
The popular and much missed 2-3/4 hr ferry trip between Seattle & Victoria is expected to return to service with a reduced Friday - Monday only schedule on July 3, 2020.
It is expected that as a result of Covid-19, Clipper will operate only 4 days a week (Fri, Sat, Sun & Mon) with one round-trip sailing from Seattle and one round-trip sailing from Victoria.
July 03 - July 31 Depart Seattle 8:00AM Depart Victoria 6:00PM
Aug 01 - Sep13
Depart Seattle 8:00AM Depart Victoria 6:00PM
Sep 14 - Jan 03, 2020
Depart Seattle 8:00AM Depart Victoria 5:00PM
Schedules will however depend on the expected reopening of the border between Washington and BC.
Alaska Pulls The MV Columbia From Service
Alaska Marine Ferry Updates
The MV Matanuska will replace the MV Columbia & will return to service 01 July. She will provide ferry service for the Inside Passage from Bellingham WA to Skagway AK.
The MV Kennicott is
schedules to return to service June 25. She will depart Ketchikan to
Bellingham WA to begin the cross-gulf run which will include stops at Ketchikan; Juneau; Yakutat and Whittier. On alternated weeks she will provide
ferry service to the communities of Prince William Sound
The MV Tustumena
is due to return to service 02 June. The ferry will depart from Homer
round-trip to Seldovia with a late evening departure to Kodiak.
The MV LeConte is due to return to service 17 June with ferry service to the Northern Panhandle Pelican; Hoonah; Gustavus; Tenakee; Angoon and Kake.
The Covid-19 situation could cause schedule changes at any time.
Alaska Ferries : Understanding Dynamic Pricing
OnLine Pricing Quotes Show Base-Only Fares Dynamic pricing can be frustrating because on any route, the Alaska ferry fares can change several times a day, or remain constant for several days. The following should help by detailing the online booking process.
Prior to payment of an online booking request, the following pop-up will appear:
This is essentially a note to advise that because of dynamic pricing, the fares delivered on-line may vary from the constantly changing dynamic or staircase fare. By clicking OK, a prospective traveller is able to proceed with a space request - but is not committed to purchase until the requested space is confirmed with an email or phone call.
On completion of an online booking request, 3 things happen.
1) an immediate email is sent confirming that the request has been received, and noting that a space confirmation will follow shortly.
i.e. Thank you for booking with the Ferry Travel Gateway.
Your Booking Reference number is *******
The Alaska Marine Highway System confirmation is to be confirmed. Please note: this booking is provisional depending on availability. An email confirming your booking and providing your confirmation # will be sent shortly."
2) Payment of the base fare is held ( the credit card will show a "Pending" charge.)
3) The booking and pricing as requested, is either confirmed with a confirmation number ( the credit card charge will then complete) - OR - if either the requested space is unavailable, or the fare has changed, the prospective traveller will be contacted BEFORE the charge to their credit card has completed.
Dynamic pricing is employed by Alaska
Marine only . Pricing for BC Ferries between Port Hardy & Prince Rupert; Inter Island Ferries between Ketchikan & Hollis;
Clipper Navigation between Seattle WA and Victoria BC; Black Ball between Port Angeles WA and Victoria BC & Washington State Ferries through WA and to Sidney BC as show on-line, is accurate.
AMHS TO THE RESCUE
Temporary Service between Ketchikan & Hollis
AMHS has stepped in to provide temporary service between Prince of Wales Island and Hollis as the Inter Island Ferry, MV Prince of Wales, suffered engine issues.
Repairs are currently underway and it is anticipated that the MV Prince of Wales will be back in service on June 11.
It the interim the Alaska Marine vessel MV Lituya will step into the gap providing round trip Ketchikan-Hollis service on Thursday 28 May and on Saturday May 30.
Additional Ferry Stops Added
MV Tazlina Added Ferry Stops
On Thursday May
21st & Thursday June 4th the MV Tazlinahas added stops to Angoon.
There will also be a stop at Hoonah on Thursday May
Four Alaska Ferry Vessels Expected To Resume June July Service
An updated summer schedule to provide what the state believes to be an appropriate level of ferry service based on demand and Federal guideline for the CPVID-19 virus is now in place.
NOTE: The schedules shown are tentative and could change based on the demand of travellers. Please confirm scheduled sailings at email@example.com
The following ferry vessels sailings are current, although tentative: 02 June: The Tustumina sail to Southwest Alaska (Kodiak & the Aleutian chain) 1x per month. 25 June: the Kennicott will resume service Ketchican to Bellingham. She will travel the cross-gulf route (Juneau - Whittier) on alternate weeks. 17 June: the LeConte will commence the Northern Panhandle service. 01 July: the Columbia is scheduled to commence service for Southeast Alaska ( Bellingham, Ketchican, Wrangell, Sitka Petersburg, Juneau, Haines, Skagway)
For the quickest, easiest way to get back to the site to either plan or book your ferry trip, bookmark (or put into favourites) the home page www.ferrytravel.com
Alaska Ferry Overhaul Update
Alaska Ferry Maintence Update
The Alaska ferries Columbia, Kennicott, and Tustumena are all in the completion phase of their yearly overhauls.
The LeConte has completed extensive steel repairs and is expected to be back in the water this week.
The Aurora is expected to be ready to return to service in the late fall of 2020 after enjoying a complete overhaul.
The Matanuska experienced mechanical failure in January and this has now been completed.
For ferry sailings over 30 minutes in length, BC Ferries will be screening
passengers prior to boarding a ferry .
Terminal signage will show a simple list of questions that will be asked by the ticket agents.
The 4 screening question are: 1. Do you have a fever and a cough? 2. Do you have a fever and breathing difficulty? 3. Have you been refused boarding in the past 14 days due to a medical reason related to COVID-19? 4. Are you the subject of a provincial / territorial or local public health order?
Anyone answering "yes" to any of the 4 questions will be denied boarding
Prince Rupert Ferry Update
Alaska Cancels Prince Rupert Ferry
The ferry between Prince Rupert & Ketchikan has now been cancelled until further notice.
Resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic, a reduced service plan throughout the Alaska ferry system has been introduced.
Ferry sailing updates can be found by looking at either the Get Quote box on the right side of the page on this site or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Passports Are Required When Crossing Any Border
If travelling from on country to another whether by land sea or air, a current passport is required.
The only way to avoid travelling through Canada to get into Alaska, is either by air or by booking an Alaska ferry to Whittier.
In early April, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy signed a significantly increased budget for the Alaska ferry system. With a budget injection of $108 million, 23
weeks of additional service has been made possible.
In addition to increased Alaska ferry service, the budget injection includes funds to complete repairs on the M/V Aurora. The Aurora, together
with her sister-ship the M/V LeConte, will return service to the
northern panhandle and Prince William Sound.
It is the intention of the State of Alaska to provide both Alaskans & visitors to the state with a marine highway that is both reliable and predictable.
Bad news is that Easter Weekend traffic on the major ferry routes between Vancouver and Vancouver Island experienced a 92% decline over the previous Easter weekend. This represents a strong hit to the BC Ferry budget.
Good news is that a 92% decline in ferry traffic means only a few people are defying orders to socially distance &/or to travel only when essential. This represents a strong commitment to beat the COVID-19 Pandemic.
BC Ferrries reported full or nearly full sailings on many routes
Thursday afternoon and evening, and although repeated warning to avoid
non-essential travel were broadcast, it seemed to make little difference.
Every scheduled ferry sailing between Vancouvers'
Horseshoe Bay terminal and the Sunshine Coast was full Thursday. By Thursday evening, 2
Friday ferry sailings to the Sunshine Coast were sold out.
Stay Home ! The Premier of British Columbia has said it, the Prime Minister of Canada has said it; the President of the US & the Governors of Washington and Alaska have said it. The World Health Organization has implored it .
We are in the midst of a global Pandemic which calls for self isolating except to complete essential service chores as quickly as possible.
Do not take a ferry, a bus, a plane or even a car - if not absolutely necessary.
This means no visiting the cottage; no visiting the chalet; no trips on a private boat; stay away from campgrounds and stay away from parks.
To fight this pandemic in the best & fastest possible way, it is important to self isolate, to go out only when necessary.
Good news is that the weather is great - so clean up the garden, sit on the patio, open some windows to let the fresh air in.
In the evening clean out that sock drawer, sort photographs, write a journal, hop onto the internet & check out Our Planet on Netflix.
Regard this period as bonus time - time to start or complete projects that have been on hold.
But whatever the choice, make sure you are staying home!