This thread is updated regularly and has good info from many who've ridden our State Ferries over the years. For starters, here's a link to the Alaska Marine Highway System's website: http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/ Unless you really REALLY feel the need for more days of rest, I strongly recommend going thru Prince Rupert BC instead of sailing to or from Bellingham when doing the Inside Passage to or from Haines or Skagway. 2 sailings a week out of PR and you save a lot of time and money. Plus the roads in and out of Prince Rupert, Haines, and Skagway are awesome. This year there will be 2 ferries sailing in and out of Bellingham, the MV Columbia which is the Flagship of the AMHS so it's done up a bit fancier, and the MV Kennicott who's layout IMO is the least passenger friendly. A few more tips, IMO when you're on a motorcycle you usually don't HAVE to have reservations unless you're sailing Cross Gulf or going in or out of Bellingham. You can almost always get yourself and a motorcycle onboard the other ferries. And unless you're on your Honeymoon or really feel a need for privacy, don't rent a berth or pitch a tent. Instead, you'll see a lot more and probably have more fun if you just throw your pad and sleeping bag on one of the fully reclining lounge chairs or on the carpeted floor up in the covered and heated Solarium. More socializing with other friendly passengers and you'll always be alerted to any wildlife sightings as well as a much greater panoramic view! I discourage tenting because you have to tape it down so it doesn't get blown away and it can be extremely noisy because of the constant wind. If you can't or don't want to go through Canada, there's 1 sailing every 2wks across the Gulf going between Bellingham, WA and Homer or Whittier, AK on the MV Kennicott. It's a very long and VERY expensive boat ride and as stated the Kennicott is my least favorite ferry because of its less than passenger friendly layout. It was built after the big Exxon Valdez oil spill and was designed primarily as an oil spill response command vessel. Sad, but as a consolation some say it has the nicest artwork onboard. As mentioned elsewhere, you can find a lot of good info about coming up here in the 'Alaska' forum. Lots of friendly folks too. And of course, a few wise guys. You're also welcome to pm me if you feel the need or just ask here if you think someone else may benefit from your question which will also help to keep this post from just falling off into the deep. I'll also use this to remind and encourage everyone to join us in the annual D2D (Dust 2 Dawson City Yukon) gathering that happens around Solstice. Over 200 riders from all around the world. Fun! And one more thing, I know many riders have the end of the road up in Prudhoe Bay as their primary/only destination and many of us locals think that's unfortunate. Many of us believe the scenery of Southeast and Southcentral AK is much more spectacular and impressive. Plus you'll have more opportunities to experience our "Last Frontier" hospitality. Now come on up and pay us a visit. Have fun, Mark H. Jeez, just how many "land yachts" can we get into this tub?!? Ahh, what a fun way to travel. And the sights you see.... The Inside Passage can offer very protected waters. Sunset in Southeast off the stern of the MV Columbia. That's the ocean, folks.