Alaska Ferry Change Notification For Homer - Kodiak
The April 22, 2020 ferry service between Homer - Kodiak (MV Kennicott) has been cancelled and service will be delayed on Saturday April 25.
Alaska Marine announced that the ferry schedule changes were made "to provide service around Prince William Sound on Thursday April 23 and Friday, April 24".Enable GingerCannot connect to Ginger Check your internet connection
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Taste Of Spring at Butchart Gardens
Board the Seattle- Victoria ferry at 8:00am and before treating yourself to a very special High Tea, spend the day exploring Butchart Gardens' colourful & fragrant indoor garden .
Then hop the dedicated bus back to the city in time to board the return ferry to Seattle at 5:00 pm
Service Cuts and Fare Increases For Alaska Ferries
Deep ferry service cuts and fare hikes is the only way to drastically reduce the annual subsidy the system needs to operate, say state officials
The State operated Alaska ferry system currently operates as a sub-agency of the Department of Transportation but if providing ferry service toady at roughly 2018 levels, the ferry service would require a $68
million state General Fund contribution.
That $68M contribution - something the Dunleavy government is not prepared to approve, is 40% more than
the current budget combined with an overall 25% increase in
fares over 2018 rates.
To get help or book summer passage into /out of Alaska visit www.ferrytravel.com or call 1-800-686-0446Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Leaders Protest Coastal GasLink Pipeline
In solidarity with Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs, a portion of the Swartz Bay ferry terminal north
of Victoria, B.C. was blocked this morning.
The demonstration caused the 7am sailing between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen to depart 2 ˝ hours late
and the 11 a.m. sailing out of Swartz Bay to be cancelled.
Demanding respect for Wet'suwet'en sovereignty, the demonstration focuses on pushing back Coastal
GasLink's 670-kilometre pipeline being built from B.C.'s northeast to
Mechanical issues have caused the Alaska Ferry to be delayed in Bellingham
The Alaska ferry MV Matanuska is now expected to depart Bellingham WA at 5pm on Thursday, January 23rd.
This mechanical delay will impact both the Matanuskas' arrival & departure times in Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Juneau, Skagway, Haines, and Sitka.
Alaska anticipates the ferry will return to its regular Bellingham - Ketchican on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at 6 p.m.
Alaska Reinstated Prince Rupert as a Port of Call
After much speculation, Prince Rupert BC will continue to be a port-of-call connecting the Alaska ferry system to British Columbia
Severe ferry budget cutbacks by Alaskas' Dunleavy government in the fall of 2019 resulted in a much diminished Alaska ferry service & while it appeared that Prince Rupert would be cut from the summer 2020 ferry routes operated by the State, a reprieve was announced early this week.
Summer schedules and fares for all 2020 Alaska ferry sailings are expected to be posted on www.ferrytravel.com early in February.
Newest BC Ferries Arrived at Ogden Point on 18 Jan 2020
Called Island Class ferries, BC Ferries new battery-powered hybrid-electric vessels will commence service on the Campbell River-Quadra Island & Nanaimo Harbour-Gabriola Island routes early this spring.
The ships are rated as being among the most
efficient and quiet in the world; and each Island Class ferry is expected to
have a service life of 40+ years.
The new ferries, which will carry up to 47 vehicles & 300 passengers and crew, are expected to provide the BC Ferry Corporation with a 10-20% saving in fuel costs.
Long Wait for Alaska Summer Schedules Nearly Over
After months of budget restriction negotiations, the State of Alaska has at last provided a preliminary 2020 ferry schedule.
Although the fares are increasing and the sailing frequency to many ports has been reduced, it appears the Prince Rupert ferry service has been added back into the mix.
It is anticipated that the full 2020 Alaska ferry schedule will be posted and available for booking on www.ferrytravel.com within the next 2 weeks.
For immediate information help call 1-800-686-0446
2020 Ferry Alaska Bookings Have Started to Rise
If planning to ferry to Alaska in 2020, be aware that as a result of the States' new dynamic pricing policy ( prices go up as ferry space diminishes), many route prices are already starting to climb.
Today saw a $250 increase in travel from Bellingham to Wrangle for the 1st Jan, 2020 sailing
To try to secure the best possible pricing As people book the price can go up but when people cancel the price on a particular sailing can go down
BC Ferries Zero-tolerance Policy
On October 15th a passenger at the Langdale
Ferry terminal forced a BC Ferry employee to jump out of the way of his vehicle. A one year travel ban has been handed to a man for reckless driving .
On October 17th a person threatened to get a gun and
go back to the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal. That person has also
received a one-year ferry travel ban.
Under the law the BC Ferries has the right to refuse passage to anyone who threaten other passengers, the crew or terminal staff.
Modified Ferry Schedule for October 25, 2019
To avoid forecasted heavy weather the ferry M/V Tustumena will depart Kodiak for Ouzinkie, Port Lions, and Homer on October 25 at 5:15 PM, 24 hrs earlier than scheduled.
The ferry will remain at the dock in Homer for one day before returning to regular service when it departs at 05:30 on October 27, from Homer to Seldovia.
Alaska Ferry To Be Pulled From Service
As a result of a vessel inspection showing that the M/V Malaspina needs about $16 million worth of
repairs, she will be pulled from service in December and will be stored in Ketchican until a decision about her future can be made.
As there isn’t enough money in the Alaska ferry system’s budget to cover the repair costs, no long term decisions for the ferry have been made.
DOT spokesperson Meadow Bailey says the current sailing schedule will not be impacted.
AMHS Sailings to Prince Rupert will begin again in Oct. 29 and Nov. 25.
Reservations are now available for booking at www.ferrytravel.com or by calling the the Reservations Center at 1-800-686-0446
Governor Michael J. Dunleavy stated that “The State of Alaska recognizes that the
AMHS presence in Prince Rupert is important & we are committed to
maintaining this route if it’s logistically and fiscally feasible.”
Future sailings to Prince Rupert will depend on factors that include the necessary financial investment & the long-term requirements of the Canadian Border Patrol.
As The Alaska Ferries Fill The Fares, Cancellation & Change Price All Rise
Implemented on 01 October 2019, the State of Alaska commenced dynamic pricing.
This means as the ferry starts to fill up with reservations, the price will go
So if the ferry is 80% full, the fare for new passenger bookings in 2020 will
be 30% higher, & prices for bringing a vehicle or securing a cabin
the if the ferry is 80% full, will be 50% higher.
Other fare changes include event pricing (a 10%
increase for special events at a specific port) and change fees, which
go up as the travel date approaches.
Washington State Ferries Are Going Green
Washington State Ferries (WSF) will see Seattle’s Vigor shipyard build up to five 144-car Olympic
class, hybrid-electric ferries over the coming years.
Vigor has built the last 12 ferries for Washington State and it is anticipated that the new hybrid-electric ferries will greatly reduce carbon emissions thereby resulting in a positive impact on the environment.
"The new hybrid vessels will benefit from an Olympic class hull form
which has less drag through the water and a small wake for a positive
They will be capable of 100% electric operation on
most routes once the infrastructure needed for charging is installed.
Over the life of the vessels, a 94% reduction in carbon emissions is
anticipated along with the added benefit of significantly reduced
operating costs for the ferry system".
Find Ferry Schedules & Fares Quickly
If looking to get either the Alaska ferry sailing schedules and/or fares, but don't want to use the quote engine, you can simply click https://www.ferrytravel.com/alaskaferryschedules.htm.
By choosing the port you want to depart from & go to ( eg Bellingham -Ketchikan) you will be able to select the month & year to see the schedule plus the basic* fare.
* Dynamic pricing is now in effect for the Alaska ferries. Dynamic pricing means that as ferry space decreases, the fares increase.
Protesters May Cause Delays in Getting To The Victoria Ferry Terminal
A Climate change protest in downtown Victoria on Friday, September 27th, 2019 is scheduled to convene between approximately 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. in the area of the B.C. Legislature.
The B.C. Legislature is near both the Victoria Clipper Terminal (Victoria Seattle ferry) and the Blackball terminal (Victoria - Port Angeles ferry), and the protest could well see several thousand participants.
Traffic delays around the ferry terminals are anticipated, and the Victoria Police Department suggest that ferry travellers allow extra time to get to and from the downtown ferry terminals.
No Alaska Ferry Service Resolution In Sight for Prince Rupert
Effective Oct. 1, 2019, the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) is scheduled to end ferry service to
& from Prince Rupert, British Columbia.
Struggling with severe budget cuts and limited staff, Alaska Marine has not been able to secure the staff necessary to fulfill the Canadian requirement that there be a Canadian law enforcement presence in Prince Rupert.
The enforcement presence would have the ability to make arrests in Canada, a duty that Alaska Marine staff are not able to perform.
Alaska Ferries Introduce Dynamic Pricing
To maximize & create a more self-sustaining system, the State of Alaska established a new fare structure commencing with the 2019-20 winter schedule.
- Dynamic pricing: this means as space availability decreases, the published fares will increase.
- Event Pricing: for some special events there will be a 10% fare increase 4 days befor & 4 days after the evet in a port
- Change fees: change fees to existing reservations will increase as the scheduled travel date approaches.
Travellers are encouraged to book early for the best fares.
Additional details on pricing can be seen on the chart below.
For additional information or help with booking call 1-800-686-0446 or email email@example.com
College Fair in Ketchikan
Extra sailings to Ketchikan have been added for Wednesday October
9th to accommodate students to the College Fair in Ketchikan.
To double check the Lituya schedules and fares call 1-800-686-0446