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BC Ferries Building Spree

Alaska Ferry System Schedule Debate Continues

Summer Bookings on the Alaska Ferries

Alaska Ferry Space Sells Out Quickly

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 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.

Valentines Ferry Info and Reservations.

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.

1-800-686-0446 for Valentines Ferry info and reservations.

Seattle Ferry Passengers May Be Affected By Road Construction

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:
Seattle Department of Transportation Phone: 206-684-7623

Gale Force Winds cause Kodiak Ferry Cancellations

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 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

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.