Travel Insurance Protects Ferry Cancellation Charges
With the outbreak of COVID-19, securing travel insurance to protect against unexpected ferry cancellations /changes is now more important than ever.
Travel insurance can usually be obtained from auto associations ( AAA, BCAA, NFU, RAC) or independent insurance agencies.
BEFORE buying trip insurance however, double check with your credit card company as travel insurance is often an included perk with the more popular cards.
While it is important to carry travel insurance, it is both frustrating & unnecessarily costly, to pay for coverage you already have.
Request to Self-Isolate on BC Ferry Trips
Premier Horgan has requested that BC Ferries relax the law prohibiting passengers parked on the lower ferry decks, from staying in their vehicles.
Currently, only passenger parked on open (top) deck/s are allowed to stay in their vehicles while the ferries are underway.
In response to the request of Premier Horgan & a number of ferry travellers, Mark Collins, president of BC Ferries, has asked Transport Canada for temporary lenience of the relatively new requirement regarding passengers staying in their vehicles.
For the most updated information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Seattle Victoria Ferry Schedules Changed Due to COVID-19
COVID-19 has caused the Seattle Victoria ferry schedule to be temporarily adjusted.
From March 17,2020 through to and including May 14, 2020, the Seattle Victoria ferry will no longer operate on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
Regular sailings will be in effect Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Questions can be sent to and will be answered at email@example.com.
Book the Victoria to Seattle Ferry Early to Ensure SFF Space
The 2020 Seattle Film Festival (SFF) will take place May 14 through June 07,2020.
The mission of SFF is to "create experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world." Passes and more information is available at www.siff.net.
Hopping the ferry from Victoria to Seattle at 5:00 PM lands you into downtown Seattle in time for a fashionably late dinner. The Rhein Haus, Saint John's Bar & Eatery, maybe dessert at Full Tilt to suggest a few.
Spend the next day visiting some of Seattles' well known and diversely focused museums ( SAM; Mohai; Chihuly), Galleries ( Henry Art Gallery; M.I A. Gallery James Harris Gallery), or shopping and people watching at the Pike Place Market - all part of the Seattle experience.
For reservations on the high-speed, passenger only Victoria Seattle ferry, book your reservations on ferrytravel.com
MV Tazlina Ready to Begin Service
The M/V Tazlina will return to regular scheduled service from Juneau to Angoon, Hoonah, Haines, and Skagway on Thursday, Mar 5.
Reservations can be made online at www.ferrytravel.com
Enjoy A Day on the Water & an Afternoon in the Gardens
By taking the Seattle Victoria ferry you can sit back and enjoy the scenic Salish Sea before landing on the southern tip of Vancouver Island in Victoria, the capitol of British Columbia.
One of the most popular things to do when in Victoria is to visit Butchart Gardens.
Started by Jennie Butchart, the Gardens were once a cement plant but now comprise over 50 acres of the most spectacular plantings: trees, shrubs and flowers in the most remarkable setting will contribute to a full and happy day-long mini vacation.
While its impossible to see all of the Jeannie Butcharts' gardens on one trip, you can see enough to chat about on your sail back to Seattle, and to entice you to return to the Island.
Reservations are a must on the Seattle Victoria ferry and the best fares can be made online by going to www.ferrytravel.com or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Book Alaska Ferry Travel Early to Avoid Increased Fare Costs
A quick reminder with respect to the Alaska ferry pricing.
All prices shown on www.ferrytravel.com are BASE PRICES.
Base price means that if the ferry requested has not yet reached a 30% sold space, the price shown on ferrytravel.com is accurate.
Once any ferry component on any ferry, reaches the 30% filled mark, the State of Alaska will start to add a surcharge to the base fare.
For example if vehicle space is almost sold out on any sailing, but there are still plenty of cabins and plenty of passenger space - only the vehicle fare will go up.
So in this instance, the per passenger cost and the per cabin cost will remain at the posted base cost price.
For further information call 1-800-686-0446 or email email@example.com
Long Wait For Alaska Summer Ferry Schedules Finally Over
Summer schedules for the Alaska ferries will be available 02 March, 2020.
After months of wrangling, the State of Alaska has finally committed to the release date for their summer ferry schedules.
Ferry sailings for the summer period, May through September, will be available commencing the afternoon of 02 March.
For the fastest booking service call 1-800-686-0446, or go to www.ferrytravel.com.
REMEMBER: The State of Alaska introduced dynamic pricing last fall. Dynamic pricing means that as each sailing fills, the price rises.
This is particularly important for those booking the longer, more expensive trips like Bellingham - Haines; Bellingham - Whittier, Kodiak etc, where dynamic pricing can amount to hundreds of dollars.
Alaska Ferry Passage Costs Change Daily
Because the State of Alaska has implemented dynamic or staircase pricing, fares can change not only every day - but sometimes between the morning & evening of the same day.
This system is understandably extremely unpopular as it makes planning difficult for both the ferry traveller and any agent trying to assist in planning a trip.
With this in mind please note that the Alaska fares on this site are basic fares so are estimates only: changes, based on the availability of a particular voyage, can and as a sailing gets closer, often happen.
For the most up-to-date fares on any particular Alaska ferry sailing, please call 1-800-686-0446 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quoted Alaska ferry prices on this site are subject to daily changes due to availability.
With the exception of the Alaska Marine ferries, fares for all other ferry systems on this site (BC Ferries; Seattle ferries; Inter Island ferries) enjoy fixed pricing as shown, and are not subject to dynamic pricing.
Ferry Schedule Adjustment: Powell
River (Westview) – Comox (Little River)
accommodate a direct service pilot project between Texada
Island & Comox, BC Ferries has implemented a Wednsday & Saturday schedule change.
For more information on this route please call BCF toll free at 1-888-BCFERRY.
For information space reservations or questions on the Prince Rupert, Port Hardy or Skidegate (Haida Gwaii) sailings, please go to www.ferrytravel.com
Checking The Security Level of A Site
If using any site into which you will be entering personal information, it is
wise to look at the address bar
to ensure that you are both where you intend to be, and that the site page is secure.
A quick easy check of any sites' security level is to check the
padlock contents at the beginning of the address.
By clicking on the padlock, you are able to check the security level of the page.
Is the lock black and closed ? OR is the lock open with a red slash
A black padlock indicates that that page connection is secure.
slash through the padlock notes that that page connection is not secure
Mechanical Issues Forced BC Ferry Cancellations
A cylinder head issue forced BC Ferries to cancel 2 morning sailings from Vancouver to Nanaimo yesterday morning.
The Queen of New Westminster was quickly dispatched and she was able to meet the schedules for the balance of the day. Kudos to BC Ferries !
As the replacement ferry was moved into position, some passengers chose to sail Departure Bay-Horseshoe Bay (the northern Nanaimo terminal), others drove south to Victoria and sailed Swartz Bay -Tsawwassen and the balance of travellers waited at Duke Point for the Queen of New Westminster.
The BC Ferries summer/fall 2020 northern sailings for Prince Rupert, Port Hardy, Skigegate (Haida Qwaii) are now open for booking at www.ferrytravel.com.
The Banks Are Only Protecting You
Avoid the frustration that may result when you try to book a ferry only to keep having your credit card declined.
The most common reason for a decline is because you have not informed the bank that you are planning a trip and may be making charges that are often higher than you usual spending pattern.
A quick call to your credit card company or bank to advise them of upcoming travel will save both time and frustration.
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Typical Ferry Refund Wait times
Refunds and /or cancellations of a ferry passage typically take a minimum of 7 working days, and more often about 10 working days.
Banks and credit cards are always quick to charge but for whatever reason the refund process takes considerably longer.
A word of caution: Before calling your credit card /bank to complain about a perceived refund delay, first contact the company you made the booking with to find out how long the refund will take.
If a credit card investigation is started instead, all funds are frozen and the company you purchased the ticket from can not return your money until the investigation has completed.
Any investigation takes about 30 working days - so always try to resolve any refund issues prior to requesting an investigation.
Prince William Sound Ferry Service Accommodation
The Wednesday April
22nd MV Kennicott service has been cancelled and there will be a delay of service for Homer to
Kodiak on Saturday April 25th .
Alaska Marine has made these changes to accommodate ferry service around Prince
William Sound on Thursday April 23rd and Friday April 24th.
To accommodate the 5:00 AM
ferry departure, the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel will be open
from 1:00AM to 3:00 AM on the April 23rd.
For updated Alaska ferry schedules, click www.ferrytravel.com and select Ferry News from the top right banner.
Alaskas' M/V Matanuska Ferry Sailings Cancelled
Sailings starting Saturday
February 8th on the MV Matanuska have been cancelled due to ongoing mechanical issues.
The ferry is expected to return to service on Monday March 2nd.
For undated sailing schedules see ferrytravel.com
Seven Week Ferry Sailing Gap
Without ferry service for the last 3 weeks, Skagway continues to suffer as the Alaska ferry system struggles to keep its vessels in service after major budget cuts by the Dunleavy government.
Repairs to the M/V Matunuska, who last week suffered issues with the reduction-gear system & which will require drydock services in Ketchikan, has left Skagway with no scheduled ferry service until March 6.
The state has allowed those travelers on the Matunuska who are now stuck in Juneau as a result of the vessels' mechanical issues, to stay aboard at no cost. Complimentary food will also be provided.
Alaska Ferry Cancelled through to March 01
Sailings have again been cancelled by the Alaska Marine ferry system. Mechanical issue continue to plaque the MV Matanuska - this time, the issue is with the reduction gear system.
A drydock stay in the Ketchikan shipyard where the system can best be inspected is now scheduled. It is hoped that the system, which is covered under warranty, can be repaired quickly so that the ferry can return to service at the start of March
Aware of the travel needs in March, Alaska Marine is exploring options for alternative service in the event the ship is unable to return to service as planned.
The Banks (Credit Card Companies) Are Protecting You
Before booking a ferry it is a good idea to call your bank to advise that you are planning travel and will be making a ferry booking.
Ferry travel can be expensive & if the cost of the ticket is outside your normal spending pattern, your bank may decline your purchase & wait for you to call them to question the decline.
Although perhaps frustrating, it is important to remember that your bank is only protecting you.
Unexpected credit card declines can be avoided if you call your bank (credit card company) to advise them of your intended purchase prior to booking.
Ferry Fares are set by BC Ferries
BC Ferries set their seasonal ferry pricing at the start of the year. Travellers should never pay more than the price BC Ferries has set.
To ensure the best pricing use www.ferrytravel.com or call 1-800-686-0446
For example the following ferry Summer 2020 (01 May - 30 Sept) costs are applicable for :
Summer 2020 (01-May - 30 Sept)
Port Hardy - Prince Rupert ferry: vehicle* to 20' no higher than 7' $ 398.65; Per Adult $175.00 ,
Port Hardy - Bella Coola ferry: vehicle* to 20' no higher than 7' $336.10 ; Per Adult $ 169.26,
Prince Rupert - Skidegate (Haida Gwaii) ferry: vehicle* to 20' no higher than 7' $ 143.00 ; Per Adult $40.30
BC Ferry costs should always be quoted in Canadian dollars and BC Ferries not have taxes or service charges.