The Alaska State Ferry Info Thread

Discussion in 'Americas' started by AKDuc, Jan 30, 2008.

  1. AKjeff

    AKjeff Long timer

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    No WiFi on the Columbia. I don't think the other ferries have it yet either.

    When are you traveling?
  2. jimbee

    jimbee Airhead Intermediate

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    Ok thanks for the info.

    Up north now. Looking to maybe head south a couple mondays from now.

    Cheers, JB
  3. jimbeauxk

    jimbeauxk Adventurer

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    Have fun. I'm heading from Bellingham to Skagway mid-August on the ferry, then riding my GSA back to Seattle. First time for me, pretty excited.
  4. tomatocity

    tomatocity Retired and lovin' it

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    Sounds like wifi is not on the boats but you can get service at some of the longer stops like Ketchikan. I spent time at the local VFW while and downtown while in Ketchikan. There was many places that that provided connectivity. I chose not to take my computer into town and used my iPhone.
  5. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    Nope, no wifi on ferries or the ferry terminals.

    When in Ketchikan, there's free wifi directly across the street from the ferry terminal at The Best Western aka The Landing. They have comfy seats in the lounge or sit and eat in their restaurant. Just ask a waitress for the password.

    Have fun, Mark H.
  6. One Fat Roach

    One Fat Roach honey badger

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    Stumbled on this thread. I live IN Bellingham so if you guys want to grab a beer while you wait for the ferry or go for a short tide PM me.

    Eventually I'd like to ferry up tomAK and ride back down. Had my KLR barely two months so.still getting used to it
  7. jfman

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    Is it better/quicker to ferry from Witthier or from Homer? Which port has more frequent departures?

    Their website is confusing..

    http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/doc/fares/S13W14_XGTariffs.

    Looking at this I am seeing 547$ for myself and 735$ for the bike one way. 1300$ is a lot of cash. Am I seeing this wrong?

    Why dont they have motorcycle pricing? We dont take up as much room...
  8. AKjeff

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  9. jfman

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    Thank you for this. I am planning for june/july

    So looks like 5 day 1300$ ride from Witthier to WA that you can only get on once every two weeks...

    Back to the drawing board...
  10. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    Yep, $1500 and 5 days on a boat. Not something I would think most ADV'ers would be interested in. :huh

    That's why I always encourage folks to instead think about the 2-day boat ride between Haines or Skagway, AK and Prince Rupert BC. :brow

    Man, looks like rates went up this year and no more round-trip discount.

    Good luck and have fun, Mark H.
  11. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    You may get better scheduling on your way south if you jump on a Canadian Ferry in Prince Rupert.

    Alaska Marine Highway from wherever north and then you could stop for a day or so in other interesting coastal destinations in Alaska. They may be landlocked....doesn't mean nothing to see/no roads around places like Juneau or Ketchikan.:wink:

    And then Prince Rupert to Port Hardy on Vancouver Island and your choice of ferry to get off the BIG island. Off to Port Angeles or the Canadian mainland or the San Juan Islands or the Sunshine Coast or......Choices.:wink:
  12. jfman

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    What ferry to travel from the Anchorage area to Prince Rupert? Once I am in prince Rupert I dont mind traveling down into BC to see the area west of the Canadian Rockies.
  13. AKjeff

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    You'd have to ride across the gulf on one ferry to Juneau or Ketchikan, then get on another one to Prince Rupert.

    Have you considered riding to Haines? You can catch the Prince Rupert ferry from there.
  14. jfman

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    I dont want to do this. The main reason I am considering the ferry is to avoid riding back on the same road on my way back home from Prudhoe Bay.

    Arriving from the east I would ride from the Banff area to Prudhoe Bay, then Ride back down to Anchorage, hop on a ferry to the Canadian/US west coast and ride back east(and south) on a different route than the one taken on the way west. If I ride back to Haines, that defeats the purpose and once in Haines I would probably ride down the West Coast of BC as I have never seen it.
  15. AKjeff

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    Look at the maps...you can't do that.:wink: I "ride" boats up & down that coast and believe me it can be quite a ride at times.:1drink
  17. Guano11

    Guano11 Behind Bars....

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    So, is the AK State Ferry the only option for guy and his 2 boys who'd like to take a ferry ride with their motorcycles for some camping and exploring?
    We have to depart/return the Seattle/Bellingham area; the Seattle ferry rides are kinda short (just commuters, really), and at ~$1500 a head :eek1, that AK Ferry juice ain't worth the squeeze. Too bad, sounds unique.....

    Any other ideas for a some fellas just looking for a little "Beginner ADV" 3-5 day trip that won't break the bank?
  18. jfman

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    Sadly about 600$ more than I am willing to pay for, infrequent departures and seems a little slow.

    Gonna have to keep the bike on the continent il looks like.
  19. AKjeff

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    Guano, have you looked into going to Vancouver Island for a long weekend?
    I think there is a WA state ferry that runs over there in the summer, as well as the BC ferries.

    There is also the Black Ball ferry running from Port Angeles to Victoria:
    https://cohoferry.com/
  20. schlite60

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    Right now there is allot of openings for reservations on the July 14 trip. Two things on my bucket list are; drive the Alaskan highway and hopefully Dalton highway depending weather; and see finally the inside passage. Rooms are also available too. If you know your dates it is the way to do it. Motorcycles they put sometimes into small spaces; bring 4 straps for tie down too! When I called for reservations. :ricky