Not too Early to Plan your Ferry Trip
Ferries are an integral part of life on the BC, WA and Alaska coast.
The popularity of the Alaska Ferries on a global scale coupled with their limited sailings means reservations
are absolutely required months and months in advance.
For summer 2014 ferry reservations or planning information call 1-800-6860446 asap
Vancouver to Nanaimo ferry + Port Hardy to Prince Rupert ferry = Magic
BC Ferries provide some on the worlds most spectacular scenery as you travel thru
the Inside Passage.
Ferry from Vancouver (Tsawwassen or Horseshoe Bay terminal) to Vancouver Island at Nanaimo (either the Duke Point or Departure Bay terminal) then drive up the Island Hwy, thru famous Campbell River to Port Hardy before relaxing on
the graciously appointed MV Northern Expedition as she travels to Prince Rupert.
Call 1-800-686-0446 for reservation help
Stay 1 Day or Stay Several Days:
Seattle Victoria ferries enable magical one day or multi-day
holidays - but plan ahead because advance reservations are required to avoid disappointment
Fabulous "will not be undersold" package policy makes combining a Victoria hotel stay with a Ferry from Seattle the best price available.
Phone 1-800-686-0446; or see online ferry booking at www.ferrytravel.com
2014 ferry bookings for travel commencing 01 May will be available within the next week.
Alaska ferry space sells out quickly so if planning a summer trip to the "Last Frontier" call 1-800-686-0446 to ensure securing cabin/ vehicle space during the high season.
Generator Failure causes Ferry Sailing Cancellation
Sunday Oct 06/13 & Monday Oct 07/13
MV LeConte sailings for Sunday, October 6 and Monday, October 7 have been canceled due to a generator failure. Call 1-800-686-0446 for help in rescheduling
Seattle -> Victoria Holiday Packages starting at 147.00pp/do (Incl fuel charges)
James Bay Inn Inn At Laurel Point
Guaranteed Lowest Ferry/Hotel Package Special Includes
2 days / 1 night minimum (additional nights available)
- 1 night Victoria* hotel
- Round trip ferry between Seattle and Victoria
- All applicable taxes
* Pricing varies according to hotel chosen : most popular Vic hotels are available
- All pricing in USD &may vary based on actual travel dates
- Minimum 1-day advance purchase required
- Passport, Passport Card or EDL required when crossing an international border for everyone 18 yrs+
- Fuel surcharge is included
- Subject to change
Call 1-800-686-0446 for help in planning /booking
Victoria -> Seattle: Round trip ferry + 2 Seattle hotel nights
Special October 2013 pricing starting at 196.00 pp ( based on double occ)
Special November 2013 thru April 2014 pricing from 193.00pp ( based on double occ)Passports:
Ferry passengers crossing any boarder are required to carry a valid Passport
Children under 18 yrs who are traveling with their parents are not required to have their own passports
Hand Guns / Semi & Automatic weapons are not allowed into Canada.
If driving the Alaska Hwy (also known as the ALCAN because it dips into Canada) or, if traveling by ferry to Haines Alaska, be aware that you will need a passport after disembarking because to drive to Anchorage, Fairbanks etc is thru Canada.
The only way to avoid traveling through Canada on the way to Alaska with a vehicle is to ferry from Bellingham WA to Whittier Alaska
DUI:( Driving Under the Influence)
A DUI conviction is considered a felony in Canada and can result in being denied entry into the country.
If a DUI conviction is part of your past, apply for a waiver prior to arriving at the boarder
Alaska Ferry Travel Popularity Increase Each Year
2013 gave no sign of the recession for the Alaska Marine ferries.
Bookings for the 2013 summer season saw most vehicle and cabin space sold out by February and as we move into the fall / winter period, all sailings north from Bellingham to Alaska & south from Haines to Washingtom are sold out of vehicle space until November
Cabins and vehicle space are the 1st thing to sell out so if planning a trip in 2014 - Book early !
If the desired ferry schedule is not posted call 1-800-686-0446 and request a call-back as soon as the newest schedules are available
Alaska Marine Celebrates with the Port of Bellingham
Overcast skies did little to dampen the enthusiasm of Alaska Marine personal as they brought their 50th birthday celebrations to the Port of Bellingham recently.
Cakes, cookies, a live band and an opportunity to board, explore and have a bite to eat in the MV Kennicott dining room all combined to create a good bit of PR for the ferry system that has served the coast for 50+ years
One of the many cakes enjoyed by visitors at the Port of Bellingham celebration
Captain Falvey AMHS General Manager thanked the Port of Bellingham for its hospitality to the Alaska ferry system over the years
Seattle Victoria Ferry Hotel Special
Travel round-trip Seattle Victoria with 1 or more nights in a Victoria* hotel
and be guaranteed that you will not find a lower price
Sampling of some of the Victoria Hotels participating in the ferry/hotel special:
Fairmont Empress ( 5 Star) Chateau Victoria ( 3.5 Star)
Hotel Grand Pacific ( 5 Star) Oswego Hotel ( 4 Star)
Inn at Laurel Point ( 4.5 Star) Royal Scott ( 3 Star)
Coast Harbourside ( 3.5 Star) James Bay Inn ( 2 Star)
Best Western ( 3 Star) Many more
High Winds Delay Alaska Ferry
The MV Kennicott has been delayed due to high winds.
A new schedule is anticipated to be available at 0800h Wed 25 Sept 2013
Please call 1-800-686.0446 for further updates
Alaska Ferry based out of Annette Bay
MV Lituya has change her home port from Port Chester to Annette Bay Alaska.
She will make 2 daily round trips sailings Thu, Fri, Sat,Sun.
Depart Annette Bay 09:00h
Arrive Ketchikan 09:45h
Depart Ketchikan 10:45h
Arrive Annette Bay 11:30h
Depart Annette Bay 14:45h
Arrive Ketchikan 15:30h
Depart Ketchikan 16:15h
Arrive Annette Bay 17:00h
Dock Under Repair
Ferry sailings to /from Whittier have been cancelled while the dock is being repaired.
Travellers headed to Whittier are encouraged to call 1-800-686-0446 to arrange alternate travelSave BIG Dollars
Book a ferry between Seattle & Victoria - add a Victoria hotel for 1, 2, 3 or more nights and get the lowest price - Guaranteed.
Round trip ferry + Victoria BC hotel packages start from $125 pp/do through April 2013. Plus Kids travel for $10*
Child is $10 with round trip paying adult when purchasing a hotel
package. Prices are per adult and based on double occupancy.
Date, voyage, space limitations, advance purchase and other restrictions may apply.
Participating Victoria hotels include:
Fairmont Empress - Hotel Grand Pacific - Inn at Laurel Point - Oswego Hotel - Delta Victoria - Coast Harbourside - Chateau Victoria - Royal Scott - BW Carlton Plaza - Harbour Towers - Hotel Rialto - James Bay Inn
Fuel Charge Removed
Travellers sailing between Vancouver Islands Duke Point, Departure Bay & Swartz Bay terminals and the Lower Mainland received a Christmas treat as BC Ferries removed the 2% fuel charge just prior to Christmas
Fuel surcharges have now been removed from all BC Ferries’
120+ Extra Sailings for the Holiday Season
19 December 2012 through 06 January 2013
Eighty-six sailings will be added between
the Tsawwassen / Swartz Bay terminals and an additional thirty-six trips will be added between Horseshoe Bay and the mid-Island Departure Bay Terminal.
Call 1-888-223-3779 for ferry schedule details
Rough Seas & Heavy winds cause ferry cancellations
19 December, 2012
LeConte sailings for Wednesday, December 19 have been canceled due to 11' seas,
storm force winds & heavy, freezing spray in Northern
20 December, 2012
The MV Taku will sail Lynn Canal on Thursday, December 20 to alleviate displaced travelers.
For more information, please call your local AMHS terminal
Alaska Marine Highway System staff is contacting affected passengers.2013 BC Ferry Inside Passage Day Cruise
Ferry schedules are now available for 15 hr day cruise between Port Hardy & Prince Rupert
The cruise departs each side on alternate days at 0730h arriving at 2230h.
This trip provides some of the most spectacular scenery and is photographers dream
Reservations can be made at www.ferrytravel.com or by calling 1-800-686-0446
Cross Gulf ferries must be booked well in advance
Vehicle space on the ferries from Whittier AK to Washington is now Sold Out.
23 Jan 2013: 1st available vehicle space on the Whittier ferry to the Lower 48
26 Dec 2012: 1st available vehicle space on the Washington ferry to Whittier