Early booking, whether to the Queen Charlottes or between Port Hardy & Prince Rupert is manditory to avoid disappointment.
In 2021, in spite of the Covid restrictions, vehicle space between Port Hardy and Prince Rupert was almost sold out well before summer.
Most questions can be found on www.ferrytravel.com but if help is required just email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-686-0446
Port Hardy Ferry; Prince Rupert Ferry; BC Ferries Norther Route; Discovery Coast Passage
BC Ferry to Run All Night
BC Ferries Operating Mill Bay Ferry Throughout the Night
BC Ferries today (Mon 15 Nov) stepped in to accommodate travellers unable to use the Island Highway because of excessive flooding.
With the Malahat closed in both directions, the Mill Bay - Brentwood Bay ferry will run throughout the night to enable those needing passage either up or down island, to reach their destination .
While reservations are not available, passage can be paid on arrival at either terminal.
Regular scheduled service is expected to resume on Tuesday, 16 November 2021 with the 7:30 AM sailing departing Brentwood Bay.
For more information call 1-250-381-1404
BC Ferry Spirit of Vancouver Island epected to return 10 Nov 021
Reduced Vancouver - Victoria Ferry Service Almost Over
Issues with the gear box on the large Spirit of Vancouver Island ferry resulted in a need for unexpected drydock servicing on 28 Seprember.
For over a month passengers travelling between Vancouver & Victoria experienced long wait times and packed ferries as repairs tp the Spirit vessel were completed. Happily both wait times and limited ferry should both return to normal the week of 10 November when the Spirit of Vancouver Island ferry ris welcomed back into service.
The updated ferry schedule will see the Mainland ferries departing from both the Vancouver & Victoria sides on the odd hour, beginning at 7AM every day. This schedule should meet with happy Rememberance Day & ThanksGiving travellers.
For information on Ferry Reservations for the Island please call 1-250-3811404
BC Ferries Removes Fuel Rebate
Beginning 01 December Ferry Rates will Rise
Commencing December 2021, and as a result of higher fuel prices, BC Ferries will remove the fuel rebate.
The removal of the rebate will amount to a an approximate increase in fare of $.10 per passenger and $.30 per vehice on the mainland routes.
The increase for inter island passengers will be approximately %.05 for adults and $.10 for vehicles.
The fuel rebates will not be removed on the Port Hardy and Prince Rupert; Prince Rupert and Haida Gwaii, or Port Hardy and Central Coast as BC Ferries has a separate fuel rebate in place for those ferry routes
ACCURATE VEHICLE DETAILS ARE ESSENTIAL TO SECURE ACCURATE FERRY OR BARGE PRICING
DO NOT QUESS at Vehicle Dimensions or Descriptions;
Costs for transporting a vehicle either by ferry or by barge, are always based on the vehicle type, length, height and width.
Do not guess.
Accurate dimensions can be found by going to Google and entering the year, make and model of any vehicle.
Google usually provides vehicle dimensions in inches which must then be divided by 12 to get the accurate foot length.
If the wrong vehicle description is provided for a either a quote or a booking, the cost will change to reflect the accurate vehicle description and dimensions. Often a guess is undersized & nothing is worse than getting a call to say you owe +++ dollars because on arrival at the terminal or yard, the vehicle does not match the quote and money is owed.
If unsure of the accuracy of your measurements or description, email us at email@example.com or call us at 1-800-686-0446
ALASKA FERRY SAILING DELAYED
Severe Weather Causes Juneau to Whittier Ferry Sailing Delay
Anticipated rough seas & heavy weather have caused the MV Kennicott ferry sailing between Juneau and Whittier to be delayed until Wednesday 03 November at 8:00 PM.
The revised ferry sailing will be:
Juneau Check-in: Wednesday 03 November at 6:00 PM.
Juneau Departure: Wednesday 03 November at 8:00 PM
Whittier Arrival: Friday 05 November 2021 at 8:30 AM
Always double check with the departure terminal to ensure ferry sailings are on time.
Poor Weather Results in Alaska Ferry Schedule Change
Revised Sailing Schedule for the MV Tustumena
The sailing schedule for the MV Tustumena has been revised from 28 October 2021 through 01 November 2021.
Please call the Homer Terminal at 907-235-8449 for detailed Information
BC Ferries Sympathetic to Animals
BC Ferries Care
BC Ferries is requesting that vehicle owners consider switching off their auto alarms once on board.
Many passengers on the ferries travel with their pets and ship movement and vibrations not infrequently set off sensitive car alarms.
The alarms continue until the car owner can be found, & is requested to return to the vehicle deck to switch off the alarm.
This often takes time and vehicle alarms are loud, continuous and distressing to not only pets, but to other passengers.
Thanks for your consideration BC Ferries !
Extra Sailing for Alaska Ferry To Hoonah
Extra Ferry Sailings to Hoonah Alaska An additional sailing to Hoonah has been added on 16 Dec to accommodate holiday traffic. To see details on the Hoonah ferry schedules go to www.ferrytravel.com
DRIVING TO ALASKA THROUGH CANADA
TRANSITING TO CENTRAL ALASKA VIA FERRY TO HAINES
Be aware that if travelling from Washington to Alaska via the ferry to Haines, you will be travelling through Canada once you disembark and start along the AlCan Hwy to Central Alaska ( Anchorage / Fairbanks etc etc) you will be crossing into Canada.
Ferries typically depart between Washington & Alaska every week : those ferries avoiding Canada typically sailing once every 2 weeks.
Vehicle space on the Alaska ferries sells out quickly however, and the costs rise (dynamic pricing) as ferry space decreases. This means that the cost delivered today for a ferry trip in the future, will most definitely change. Booking space on the desired ferry sailing ASAP once you are sure of your chosen travel date, will secure the lowest price.
(Dynamic pricing which was introduced by the State of Alaska in Oct 2019 has can cause substantial fare increases)
The alternative when moving, is to send ones' vehicle/s by barge.
Barges operate between Seattle & Alaska every week, year-round and are not subject to dynamic pricing so are often much less expensive.
Barges however do not carry passengers - only vehicles. For cost & schedules go to the Home Page and choose where you want to travel from and to (image to secure info shown below) .
We are always here to help confirm a reservation request at 1-800- 686-0446
BORDER RESTRICTIONS TO BE RELAXED
AFTER 18 MONTH CLOSURE US LAND BORDER TO OPEN TO CANADIANS
It is anticipated that in early November 2021, the US will open their borders to vaccinated visitors.
Vaccines approved by the World Health Organization and US Drug and Food Administration will be accepted.
Note however that there is still some question as to whether those who received a mixed course of vaccines, i.e. one
dose of AstraZeneca & one of Moderna would be
considered fully vaccinated for travel purposes. Good to check with customs prior to starting out.
As part of the standard US Customs and
Border Protection admissions process, travellers entering the US by vehicle, rail or ferry will be asked
about their vaccination status.
No testing will be required to enter the U.S. by land or sea, provided the travellers meet the vaccination requirement.
Other than for
essential purposes, the land border between the US and Canada has been closed to Canadians since the pandemic was declared in March 2020. Air Travel to the US however has been open to travellers from Canada since the beginning of the pandemic.
Canada opened its border to Americans crossing to
Canada in August of 2021
For more information on using either a ferry or barge between Washington and Alaska go to www.ferrytravel.com ( stay on the Home Page and use the Quote booking Engine to secure the costs of either the ferries or barges
Ferry Service between Seattle & Victoria Suspended
SEATTLE - VICTORIA FERRY SERVICE CANCELLED
As of October 12, 2021 all ferry service between Seattle & Victoria has been suspended.
Decreased ridership resulting from both the late summer Delta variant surge and the PCR testing restrictions have made operating the Seattle - Victoria ferry route financially impractical at this time.
It is hoped that ferry service will begin again sometime during the Spring of 2022.
Bellingham to Alaska Ferry Update
2021 FERRY SPACE TO CENTRAL ALASKA
Ferries travelling from Washington to Whittier, Homer etc (ferries vs barges carry both passengers and vehicles) and the ferries are now sold out of all vehicle space until December 2021
only (no passengers) can be shipped between Seattle & Anchorage or
Seattle & Fairbanks and visa versa by going to the Home Page on www.ferrytravel.com
on the Home Page and choose the departure / arrival ports ie Seattle to
Anchorage: Seattle to Fairbanks; Anchorage to Seattle; Fairbanks to
Seattle) in the Quote/Booking engine shown above
Be sure to have the vehicle dimensions ( Length, Height & Width ) before trying to get the quote or book
Cross- Gulf ferries Bellingham to Whittier, Homer etc will resume service in March of 2022
Easiest Ferry Bookings & Quotes
Costing Alaska Ferries To & From Washington Is As Easy As 1-2-3
Before You Start:
Before you start know the length of your vehicle if taking one ( this can be obtained through google )
Know each passengers' date of birth to ensure all discounts are applied in the cost delivered
- enter the from and to for your wanted ferry route
- enter the number of passengers;
- enter the number of vehicles ( if pulling a trailer or car just enter 1 vehicle)
CLICK GET PRICE 2) Screen 2 - Choose trip details
- enter the year, the month,day & time for the ferry chosen
- enter all the travellers ages
- enter the vehicle type; vehicle length in FEET; height & width
3) Screen 3- Choose Accommodation ( Optional )
- cabin type ( cabins are optional & are private - not shared)
Voila ! the next page delivers the price based on what you entered and accounting for dynamic pricing Dynamic pricing means that as the ferry fills the price rises so this quote is only good for now - it may last but it may not
- now either book or abandon the quote (but remember that dynamic pricing is in effect)
Easy as 1-2-3 but if you have questions email firstname.lastname@example.org or if you want us to make the reservation for you call 1-800-686 0446
Alaska Ferry Pricing
Dynamic Pricing On The Alaska Ferries
Dynamic pricing is a system that increases fare prices as available space on any Alaska operated ferry, decreases.
Because of the dynamic pricing system introduced
in 2019 by the State, payments, in particular for vehicles over 30', and made on weekends, on holidays or after 5:00 PM Alaska time, may not be able to be processed until the next
Should that happen, ie a price discrepancy occur, the passenger will be contacted either by email or by phone.
Alaska Ferry 2022 Summer Schedules
Summer 2022 Ferry Schedules
The Alaska ferry schedules and fares for travel between October 2021 and September 2022 are now available for booking either on www.ferrytravel.com or through 1-800-686-0446
Please note that due to the dynamic pricing program introduced by the Alaska Marine Highway system, fares change according to the space availability on each specific voyage. This means that as the availble space on any sailing goes down, the fares go up, so are constantly changing and can not be
guaranteed until a booking and full payment is received.
Payments for quoted reservations made on weekends, on holidays or after 4:30 PM Alaska Time are not guaranteed or processed until the next working day.
Barging to Alaska vs Ferrying to Alaska
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A BARGE & A FERRY
BARGES to and from Alaska
• Barges transport vehicles : all sizes, shapes and lengths.
• Barges do not transport any passengers.
• Barges travel between Seattle and most ports in Alaska every week year-round
• Barging a vehicle can often be less expensive than transporting the same vehicle on a ferry
If sending a vehicle to an Alaskan port from Seattle, or from an Alaskan port to Seattle, the trip can take up to 2 weeks and the vehicle owner would need to fly.
FERRIES to & from Alaska:
• Ferries, unlike barges, transport both passengers & vehicles.
• Vehicles on a ferry can be up to 70' long, and as high as 13'.
• A ferry from Washington (Bellingham) to Alaska ( Whittier ) takes 5 days.
Ferries also travel from Bellingham Washington to Haines Alaska but if travelling to or from Haines, be aware that passports are required as travellers will be passing through Canada.
Mask Mandate Returns For BC Ferry Travellers
BC Ferries Re-implements Mask Mandate:
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.