Ferries to/from Alaska

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by Quetzal, Dec 7, 2004.

  1. Quetzal

    Quetzal Guatemalan Import

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    Does anybody has info. on direct ferries from the Washington State area to Alaska and back without disembarking in Canada? Schedulles, prices, acomodations...
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  2. RDJEff

    RDJEff Lost in Alaska

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    The Alaska Marine Highway is what you're after. They leave Bellingham WA, and run up to Skagway, with numerous stops on the way. You don't have to get off the ship if you don't want to. You can find out all this stuff at www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/ . Good luck!
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  3. keith in alaska

    keith in alaska Valley Gruver

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    :lol3
    Do we have a problem getting through customs? Don't worry, you'll fit right in once you get to Alaska :lol3

    Be sure to put fresh knobbies on before the rough ferry ride :eek1

    RDJeff's reply was perfect, but once you get off the ferry in Skagway or Haines you still have to go through Canadian customs, IF that is really a problem. I know that can be a problem if one has a DUI.
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  4. Quetzal

    Quetzal Guatemalan Import

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    Nah!, the thing is that Canada requires citizens from my country of origin to apply for a visa at the Canadian Consulate in the respective country. :deal

    I don't have plans to go to my country in the near future, so I won't be able to apply for the visa.

    Maybe Alaska will have to wait until I have the visa :cry
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  5. keith in alaska

    keith in alaska Valley Gruver

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    In the summer there are usually some good deals on NWA from Minneapolis to Anchorage. Fly in and rent a BMW.........from me!! :thumb
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  6. RDJEff

    RDJEff Lost in Alaska

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    I checked the ferry website, and they do run a twice monthly ferry from Juneau to Seward and Valdez. That would save you a border crossing.
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  7. Quetzal

    Quetzal Guatemalan Import

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    Yes, but I need to depart from somewhere on the Pacific Coast of Washington State, Oregon or California.
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  8. RDJEff

    RDJEff Lost in Alaska

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    Yep, Bellingham to Juneau, then to Valdez, then Seward.
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  9. CraigTransalp

    CraigTransalp Been here awhile

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    Seattle and Port Angeles, WA are ferry stops. Settle being the likely direct ferry to Alaska. Port Angeles ferries go to Vancouver Island, BC. and Seattle.
    Missing British Columbia is missing 50% of the adventure.
    Can't you reschedule this until you have your visa? It's winter now!
    Craig
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  10. Sidecardoug

    Sidecardoug Pleasantly pleasing

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    The post above is incorrect. There are no ferries to Alaska from Seattle. The only vehicle ferries from Seattle cross Puget Sound only. There are ferries from Anacortes and Port Angeles, Washington that go to Vancouver Island. The only ferry from Continental US to Alaska departs from Bellingham.
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  11. keith in alaska

    keith in alaska Valley Gruver

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    Can't you throw a rock from Bellingham to Seattle??
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  12. janders

    janders Been here awhile

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    If you crossed Pedro Martinez with the Jolly Green Giant, maybe. It's an hour and a half to two hours drive time to Bellingham sans traffic.
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  13. Johnny Drunkard

    Johnny Drunkard Raggamuffin Super Moderator

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    If'n your headed to Bellingham, don't miss a quick side trip along Chuckanut drive.

    I'm 1/2 way between Seattle and Bellingham. If you need a tour guide, drinking companion, emergency help or a couch - gimme a shout out.

    Late.
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  14. BARB

    BARB Long timer

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    You can usually get apply for a visa online. There wasn't a charge for the last one I got and it took 10 minutes. (I did it at an airport, something about not letting me on the plane without one) Call Canada and ask for online visa application. Barb
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    knight Been here awhile

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