The only ferries from the Lower 48 into Alaska depart from Bellingham, WA.
Two ferries travel up the Inside Passage: one as far as Skagway , and the other ferry turning at Juneau to cross the Gulf & deliver passengers to Whittier. The ferry crossing the Gulf will miss Canada.
Becausee the Bellingham - Whittier ferry passengers will not pass through a Canadian border, they will not require passports.
As of March 28, the Bellingham to Whittier ferry sailing are sold out of vehicle space until June.
Early booking of all Alaska ferries is essential to avoid both disappointment and high fares. ( Fares rise as space decreases)
If trying to get to Alaska with a vehicle prior to June, and not able to pass through Canada, consider booking a barge which carries vehicles weekly from Seattle to Anchorage or Seattle to Fairbanks.
For barging information & costs call I-800-686-0446
COVID-19 Information For Alaska Ferry Travellers
Latest Covid Information
For passengers Departing Bellingham, Washington
*A Covid-19 test must be administered within 72-hrs of the day of departure, and a negative result must be presented on checking in at the terminal or boarding for travel.
Details about which test are accepted are located at https://covid19.alaska.gov/faq/
Bellingham Ferry to Alaska Delayed
The Matanuskas' March 20, 2021sailing out of Bellingham was delayed due to a mechanical issue.
The new estimated date/time of departure is March 27 at 3:00 pm. For more details please call the Bellingham Terminal at 360-676-8445
Covid Alternate For Ferry Travellers To Alaska
Alternatives For Getting Vehicles to Alaska
With the Canadian border remaining closed, barges provide a vehicle transport alternative to the twice monthly ferry service between Washington and Whittier Alaska.
Departing Seattle every Tuesday, year-round, barges transport vehicles to Anchorage, Fairbanks and ports along the Inside Passage.
Barge passage to Anchorage takes between 9-10 days depending on weather - but the cost and ability to take advantage of the barge service frequency, makes shipping vehicles / household goods to Alaska an easy alternative to using the Alaska ferry.
Alaskas' newest ferries, the high speed cats MV Fairweather and MV Chenega, have now been sold to Servicios y Concesiones Maritimas Ibicencas S.A. in Spain, for a combined price of $ 5,174,444
The ferries were purchased 15 years ago by the State of Alaska for a cost of 36 million each.
From 2004 to 2018 the Fairweather served ports in Southeast Alaska, but she was expensive to run, so was pulled from service in 2019 and has sat idle since. Her sister ship the Chenega has been out of service since 2015.
The proceeds of the sale of the two ferries will go into the Alaska Marine Highway Systems "vessel construction fund" - an account used for future vessel maintenance and construction.
For more information on booking an Alaska Ferry, email info@ ferrytravel.com or visit www.ferrytravel.com
A stop sell through June 30, 2021 has been issued by the Seattle - Victoria ferry company, Clipper Vacations
With a promise to provide rolling updates the first week of each month based on projections as to when operations will be resumed, bookmarking Ferry Newswill be the best way to discover when reservations can be made.
Anchorage is approximately 60 road miles from the Whittier ferry terminal.
The Whittier ferry travels from Bellingham WA, up the Inside Passage through Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Sitka and, on arriving in Juneau, crosses the Gulf to Whittier, Homer etc.
The schedule notes this ferry service happens bi-monthly & Whittier is the closest ferry port for travellers headed to Anchorage.
Weekly service from WA to Anchorage is provided by barge; and barges travel every week between Seattle and Anchorage. The barge service (vehicles only, no passengers) provides those moving into or out of Alaska with a weekly alternative to the bi-monthly Whittier ferry to / from Washington.
Barges also serve Fairbanks, and like the Anchorage schedule, provide weekly transportation between Seattle and Fairbanks
Bellingham Ferry Booking Tip
Bellingham WA Ferry To Alaska
Be advised that the Bellingham ferry sailings on Wednesday travel up the Inside Passage to Ketchikan, Wrangell, Sitka, Petersburg, Juneau, Haines and Skagway and are often several hundred dollars less than the Bellingham ferry departing on Saturdays.
The reason for the significant price difference is because the Saturday ferry sailing from Bellingham WA travels up the Inside Passage only as far as Juneau. At Juneau the ferry crosses the Gulf - so the fewer Saturday sailings (only 2 per month) are in greater demand by those headed to Whittier, Valdez, Homer, Anchorage, Fairbanks etc
Seattle- Victoria Ferry Service Suspended As Canadian Border Remains Closed
The popular high-speed catamaran which has operated a Seattle -Victoria ferry route every day year-round to serve the interests of visitors travelling between the two cities, has temporarily ceased all operations.
For more than 20 years the clipper ferries have offered attractive Seattle - Victora ferry / hotel and attraction packages, but the continuing Covid pandemic has resulted in the continued suspension of all operations.
Riley Matson, speaking on behalf of Clipper president David Cudgel, has promised updates on when the Seattle - Victoria ferry and Victoria hotel & attractions package service will return to regular serevice.
For updated information on travel between Seattle and Vancouver Island email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Seattle- Victoria ferry; Port Angeles -Victoria ferry; Anacortes - Sidney ferry
Alaska Sailing Schedule Proposal
Summer 2021 Proposed Alaska Sailings Mat 2021 - September 2021
MV Kennicott to sail Saturdays Bellingham - Whittier 2 x per month MV Matanuska to sail Inside Passage (Bellingham - Haines) every Wednesday, MV LeConte to sail Northern Panhandle ( Juneau, Haines Skagway ) MV Lituya to sail 5 days per week between Annette Bay and Ketchikan MV Tustumena to sail the Southwest Route ( Homer-Kodiak ) with one Aleutian chain trip per month MV Aurora to sail PWS ( Whittier - Valdez )
Ferry travel to Alaska: www.ferrytravel.com
Alaska Sailings and Fares
Summer Schedules Expected Soon
The long awaited schedules and fares for the summer 2021 season (May through September) are expected to be made available within the next two weeks.
Because the dynamic pricing* structure adopted by the state in 2019 is still in effect, making ferry reservations early will save substantial dollars.
For more information prior to the posting of the new schedules, call 1-800-686-0446.
When the summer sailings become available for booking they can be found by clicking on www.ferrytravel.com
* as space on any sailing decreases, the fare increases
Feberal Mask Requirement
Masks Are Required for Alaska Ferry Travellers
The Federal mask mandate requires Alaska ferry travellers to wear a mask for the duration of their presence both on vessels and while in a terminal building or on terminal premises.
Beginning February 1, 2021 and in compliance with the federal mandate, Alaska ferries will require persons two years and older to wear proper face coverings while using facilities and travelling on vessels. To the extent possible, reasonable accommodation for passengers unable to wear a face covering due to a disability, will be made.
The CDC order makes refusal to wear a face covering a violation of federal law.
All BC Ferry Travellers Are Required to Wear Face Masks
Manditory Masks for Ferry Passengers & Crew
Monday, 24 August 2020 saw the requirement for all BC Ferry passengers and all staff both at the B.C.
Ferries terminals, and aboard all vessels, to wear face masks.
Passengers either in a vehicle or while consuming food /drinks, are not required to wear
masks as long as they are two metres away from others.
Children younger than two years & people with underlying medical
conditions or a disability that prohibits mask wearing are exempt from the BC Ferry ruling.
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Mechnical Issue Causes Delay For Alaska Ferry
Juneau - Yakutat Ferry Service Delayed
Port engine mechanical issues have caused a delay in the MV Kennicott schedule between Juneau and Yakutat.
Once the issue is resolved an updated ferry schedule will be available.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or check Ferry news on the home page of www.ferrytravel.com
Ferry Update For Prince Rupert To Alaska
Ferry Service Cut Between Prince Rupert BC & Alaska
On Tues, 11 August 2020, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities announced that Alaska ferry service between Prince Rupert BC & Alaska has been put on hold indefinitely.