Rising Covid-19 numbers have resulted in the re-intoduction of the mask mandate on all BC Ferries.
Required by the Coast Guard to leave the vehicle deck while the vessel is underway, BC Ferry passengers are able to visit the cafeteria, enjoy the lounges and the outer decks but are now mandated to wear masks except while dining.
Seattle Victoria Ferry Service Returns
Welcome Back !
After an absence of 18 months, the Seattle - Victoria ferry service will return on the 17 September 2021.
The scheduled start-up will see Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday service for the winter months.
Fully vaccinated travellers will once again be able to enjoy the 2-3/4 hr mini cruise through the scenic Puget Sound and across the Straight of Juan de Fuca to Victoria on Vancouver Island.
(Fares shown on this site are net so will the include fuel & port security charges)
Washington -British Columbia Ferries
Ferry Service Between Washington & British Columbia Still On Hold
Although the Canadian government opened the border for land, air and recreational boaters on 09 August 2021, the Canadian Marine Border remains closed to commercial ferry operators.
With no word yet as to when the Marine Border might be reopened, all ferry services between Seattle, Port Angeles and Anacortes to Victoria BC, remain suspended.
Once the Marine Border is re-opened to commercial operators, ferry reservations between Seattle & Victoria will once again be available from the Home Page on www.ferrytravel.com.
Barging To, From And Throughout Alaska
Barging Between Alaska & the Lower 48
Although ferries do not travel to Anchorage or Fairbanks, barges efficiently and often less expensively transport vehicles (no passengers) from Seattle WA to both Anchorage & Fairbanks.
Barges also travel to, from and between - Seattle; Ketchikan; Wrangell; Petersburg; Sitka; Juneau; Haines; Skagway; Cordova; Valdez; Thorne Bay; Hoonah; Yakutat & Kake.
For more information on barging vehicles call toll free 1-800-686-0446.
( Be sure to have the vehicle length, height & width to secure an accurate quote)
Canada Set to Open Borders August 09
Good News for US Ferry Travellers Passing Through Canada To Alaska
Current word is that beginning 09 August 2021, fully vaccinated U.S. citizens will be allowed to travel to, or through Canada, for vacations and other non-essential travel.
Be aware however that there are 4 very specific conditions. 1) travellers must have received their vaccine at least 14 days before
arriving at the border. 2) travellers must provide all COVID-19 related
information electronically through the ArriveCAN app or web portal. 3) Travellers must provide physical proof of completed vaccinations (paper card) at the border crossing. 4) All travellers 18 years and older, must present a current passport.
Fully vaccinated travellers are not required to take a new COVID-19
test prior to arrival at the border, however be aware that border agents may
randomly select travellers for testing.
NOTE: Canadians are not yet permitted to enter Alaska by road.
Alaska Ferries Remove Covid-19 Test Requirement
Alaska Drops Negative Covid-19 Test Requirements
As a result of the State of Alaska dropping all requirements for Covid-19 testing, the Alaska ferries will, beginning May 21st, 2021, no longer require proof of a negative COVID test prior to boarding any Alaska marine ferry on any route.
BC Ferries Restricts Service
BC Ferries To Allow Essential Travel Only Following the Travel Restriction Order M1722 issued by the Province of British Columbia on April 23, 2021, BC Ferries is denying travel to customers seeking to travel for non-essential reasons. This includes including recreational vehicles, on routes that connect different regional zones as defined by the Order. The following routes are affected: - Tsawwassen - Swartz Bay - Tsawwassen - Duke Point - Tsawwassen - Southern Gulf Islands - Horseshoe Bay - Departure Bay - Comox - Powell River
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BC Ferry Covid-19 Update
BC Ferries Prohibits Non-Essential Travel
Following new provincial restrictions prohibiting
non-essential travel between health regions, BC Ferries has taken action
to support the new rules.
Effective immediately and through 25 May, BC Ferries will deny travel to customers
travelling for non-essential reasons. Travellers will be asked if their travel is essential, and will be denied if that travel does not fall
within the provincial exemptions.
BC Ferries supports doing everything possible to discourage
non-essential travel and will rely on the appropriate jurisdictional authorities for assistance with
Routes the BCF staff will be monitoring for non-essential travel include
Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay
Tsawwassen – Duke Point
Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands
Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay
Comox – Powell River
Port Hardy – Prince Rupert
Frigid Water Rescue
Rescue by Vancouver Bound BC Ferry
The BC Ferry crew on the Thursday evenings Queen of Surrey sailing from Nanaimo on Vancouver Island quickly launched a rescue boat and brought a passenger overboard safely back onto the ferry.
The ferry then returned to Nanaimo where the passenger was transferred into the care of waiting B.C. Ambulance Service paramedics.
Bellingham Ferry to Whittier
Spring Ferry Sailings Sold Out
As of 29 March the 1st available sailing from Bellinghan to Whittier is late June.
There will be direct sailings on the 10th and 24th July; or the 7th and 21 of August and on the 4th and 18 of September.
Additional sailings will cross the Gulf from Bellingham but will require a ferry transfer & possible stay in Juneau. For those sailing dates call 1-800-686-0446
Alaska Ferry Experiences Mechanical Issues
Bellingham Ferry Cancelled
After experiencing mechanical issues, the MV Matanuska sailings from Bellingham have been cancelled. It is anticipated that the Matanuska will resume service 01 April 2021.
The MV Kennicott has been reschedued to accommodate Matunuska passengers and will add southbound port calls in Petersburg and
Book Alaska Ferries Early
Booking an Alaska Ferry Early Is Essential
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