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Canada Relaxes Border Crossing Requirements

Canada - US Border Crossing Easier as of October 01, 2022 




2023 Alaska Ferry Schedules Available For Booking

Book an Alaska Ferry Before Space Sells Out

The 2022 - 2023 October through April 2023 schedules are now available. 

Getting a quote from the "widget" on the Home Page is quick, efficient and does not commit you to a booking. 
It will however give you the timetables & costs, and it will never ask for your personal info (name, ph etc) unless you decide to book passage.  
If you decide to book passage your information is entered into the ships manifest as the coast guard requires: it is never shared with 3rd parties or advertisers.




 

Dynamic Pricing On Alaska Ferries Discontinued

Lower Fares For Ferry Travel In Alaska

For the Fall/ Winter 2022-'23 period, Alaska Marine has dropped their pricing plan which, 3 years ago, saw a surcharge of between 5% to 50% being added to passenger, vehicle and stateroom fares on the most popular sailings.

Dynamic pricing took effect once the reservations for any specific ship had reached certain percentage.

The Fall 2022 & Winter 2023 schedules and fares are expected any day & will reflect the new pricing policy.



Alaska Ferries Drop Dynamic Pricing

Alaska Ferries Implement Flat Pricing for Fall/Winter

The controversial "Dynamic Pricing" introduced by Alaska in 2019 has been dropped for the October 2022 through April 2023 winter ferry sailing period.
Dynamic or staircase pricing meant that as ferry space decreased on any sailing, the fares would increase. 

The returning "flat rate" for the Winter 2022/Spring 2023 period will make ferry planning much easier for Alaska residents going to/from their Island homes; for Alaska visitors planning a ferry trip; and for the military moving either into or out of the State as the prices quoted will hold true. 
 
Unlike in 2021 & 2022 where prices rose upward - sometimes multiple times a day, planning & budgeting a ferry trip either to, from or inside Alaska, will once again be possible. 

With respect to summer 2023 ferry prices there has been no word on the pricing structure. It is however hoped by both visitors & residents that the confusing, controversial, and much disliked dynamic form of pricing will be completely eliminated. 
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 Seattle Barge to Fairbanks : Fairbanks barge to Seattle

Seattle Victora Ferry Prices

Seasonal Ferry Fare Information

Prices vary By Both Season And Seat Class. 

Pricing is in USD and may vary based on actual travel date

• Departure rates from Seattle to Victoria may be higher per segment for Fri/Sat departures
• Departure rates from Victoria to Seattle may be higher per segment for Sunday departures
• Children pay 50% of adult fare when booked in conjunction with an overnight package
• Passport, Passport Card or EDL required when crossing an international border
• A fuel surcharge, port and security fee may be added to all Victoria / Seattle fares
• Restrictions apply, subject to change

2022          Adult.     Child (1-11 yrs)

Now to Sep 12 $ 256. $ 70

Sep 13 to Oct 10 $ 231 $ 60

Oct 11 to Oct 31 $ 182 $ 60

Nov 1 to Dec 31 $ 157 $ 47.50



Seattle Victoria Ferry : Victoria Seattle Ferry 

Seattle Ferry to Victoria : Victoria ferry to Seattle

Seattle <-> Victoria Revised Fall/Winter Ferry Sailings

Seattle-Victoria Ferry Sailing Updates
The following ferry sailings between Seattle & Victoria are cancelled:
 October: 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27
 November :  1,  2,  3,  8,  9, 10, 15, 16 ,17, 22, 29, 30
 December: 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 25

Note:  Early ferry departures from Victoria to Seattle
On November 24 & December 24 will the ferry will depart from Victoria for Seattle at 12:00 PM



Seattle ferry to Victoria : Victoria Ferry to Seattle

BC Ferry Introduces New Booking Requirements


Alaska Ferries ReOpen Their Bars

"Happy Hour" Returns To Alaska Ferries After A 2 Year Close


The State has reopened the bars serving beer and wine on both the Matanuska and Kennicott vessels.


Now serving Alaskan Brewing Company beer in bottles and cans, plus a selection of wines & seltzers, the bar service which was discontinued for the last few years is also working toward serving pre-packaged mixed drinks.


In looking for ways to improve the travel experience, snacks like popcorn, chips & pretzels will also be available from the ferry bars.


The Matanuska offers ferry service between Bellingham Washington; Prince Rupert British Columbia; and Southeast Alaska. 

The Kennicott has ferry sailings from Bellingham, Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersberg, Sitka & Juneau thru Whittier & Homer to Kodiak.


The Best of Both Worlds

Ferry One Way & Fly The Reverse

Enjoy the best of both worlds when you combine a ferry ride with a sea plane flight.

The ferry between the Seattle harbor & Victoria harbor is a passenger only, high-speed catamaran which travels once per day in both directions.
Travel time on the Seattle - Victoria Ferry is approximately 3 hrs:

The sea planes, travelling between the harbours in Seattle & Victoria are de Havilland Beavers (or the larger Otters) and they travel several times per day.
Travel time by seaplane is approximately 45 minutes.
 
An alternative routes is to travel by seaplane from Seattle to Vancouver (flight time just under 1hr), & then cross from Vancouver to Victoria on a passenger/vehicle traditional ferry (crossing time 1hr 35 mins)

Whichever transportation you choose the coastal sights are spectacular and the transportation whether by air or by sea, or a combination of both, is where your holiday begins.

For more information call 1-800-686-0446



 

Ferry, Barge or Drive ?

Three Transportation Choices for Alaska & The Lower 48 Travellers

FERRIES to / from Alaska
The dynamic pricing policy (as space decreases the price increases) on all Alaska ferries coupled with a heavy demand as workers and vacationing travellers go between the Lower 48 and Alaska has resulted in not only eye-wateringly high ferry prices, but a "Sold Out" position for vehicles and cabins, for most of the summer.
Ferries travel up & down the Inside Passage once a week and across the Gulf 2x per month.
Current ferry costs and sailing dates are available by clicking
www.ferrytravel.com or by calling 1-800-686-0446.
(Stay on the Home Page and use the "Get Quote or Book Here" widget to get a quote)

DRIVING to / from Alaska
Driving through Canada is an ferry / barge alternate option for the fully vaccinated; those holding a current passport and baring any legal issues. 
(A DUI is considered a felony in Canada & hand guns, automatic, & semi automatic guns are prohibited)
Be aware that gas prices in Canada are currently running between $7.50 & $8.50 a gallon.

BARGING to/ from Alaska
At this time barging vehicles (no passengers) is the most economical and perhaps least stressful way to transport a vehicle/s between Alaska and Washington.
The barges between Seattle, Anchorage & Fairbanks travel both north and south every week, year round.
Barge transportation is also available between Seattle & Ketchikan, Wrangell Petersburg, Sitka , Juneau & Haines, 2x each week.
Costs and sailing dates are available by clicking www.ferrytravel.com or by calling 1-800-686-0446
(Stay on the Home Page and use the "Get Quote or Book Here" widget to get a quote)

Nanaimo to Vancouver Fast Ferry




Haida Gwaii Ferry Service Restored

Northern Adventure Ferry Service Restored

BC Ferries anticipates the restoration regular ferry service to Haida Gwaii by Friday 29 April.

The Northern Adventure, serves two routes: one from Prince Rupert on the mainland & one from Port Hardy on Vancouver Island,.

Unfortunately, & as a direct result of related covid-19 issues, the ferry sailings between these routes had been cancelled since Sunday.

With the situatioin now resolved, regular ferry sailings will resume with an 11 a.m. sailing from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy on April 29.

For more information email : info@ferrytravel.com

Prince Rupert Ferry Service    Port Hardy Ferry Service    Haida Gwaii Ferry service

Daylight Ferry between Prince Rupert & Port Hardy









BC Ferries Rescues Fishermen

BC Ferries Again Provides Rescue

Once again BC Ferries has provided rescue services to passengers on a vessel in distress.

On Sunday morning the BC ferry Northern Adventure sailing between Port Hardy & Prince Rupert spotted a flare sent by a burning fishing boat in Arthur Passage near Prince Rupert.

Two B.C. Ferries crew members launched a zodiac and were able to rescue the two men on the burning fishing boat.

The rescued fishermen were later picked up by the Canadian Coast Guard and were then transported to Prince Rupert.

Prince Rupert ferry to Alaska



Ferry Travelling North to Bellingham

Ferry Travel ID Requirements


Canada - Identification Requirements


U.S. Citizens

U.S. citizens traveling through Canada will be required to show a current passport.

Passengers boarding an Alaska bound vessel travelling directly between Bellingham, Washington & any Alaska port are not required to have a passport.
Only passengers disembarking in Canada (eg Prince Rupert BC) are required to have a passport.

U.S. Residents

U.S. residents who are not citizens must carry their alien registration receipt cards.
Permanent residents of Canada who are not Canadian citizens should have their landed immigrant visas.
Canadian customs officials may require travellers to show proof of sufficient funds for the trip.

Canadian Citizens

Canadian citizens are required to present either a valid passport; a NEXUS or Free and Secure Trade (FAST) card; or an enhanced driver's license/enhanced identification card when entering the United States at a land or water crossing.
For more information, visit the Canada Border Services Agency web site.
Vehicles

Motorists may be asked to show their vehicle registration card or proof of title and liability insurance coverage.
Children

If travelling with a child not in your full legal custody, additional paperwork, including permission to travel from the non-travelling parent, may be required.


Seattle Victoria Ferry Requirement Reminder

Canada Entry Requirements:

  1. Necessary ID and Travel Documents
    When traveling between Seattle & Victoria, it will be necessary to pass through Customs and Border Protection at the border. 
  2. You will need one of the following travel documents:
    • A Passport (required for air travel)
    • A Passport Card
    • An Enhanced Driver License or an Enhanced ID Card (EDL/ID) applicable to select state/province only, this is different than a Real ID.
    • A NEXUS Card
  3. ArriveCAN (click here)
    Approved receipt of accepted submission within 72 hours of arrival into Canada. 
  4.  It is strongly recommend completing your ArriveCAN entry via the app.
  5. Negative PCR COVID-19 test results (NOT rapid antigen test) taken within 72 hours of arrival into Canada.                               IMPORTANT: PCR test must be taken within 72 hours of planned arrival time into Canada. 
  6. Proof of full vaccination hard copy.                                          Your digital copy of your proof of vaccination will be uploaded into your ArriveCAN submission.

All documents listed above are required in order to board the Seattle WA ferry to Victoria BC.