Got the sticker…and the t-shirt! Above: I leaned over the side and snapped this pic coming into Wrangell, Alaska. I’ve “driven” Alaska’s Marine Highway to Kodiak, Seldovia, Whittier, Valdez, Cordova, Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, Wrangell, Skagway and Haines. On the Columbia, the Matanuska, the Kennicott, the LeConte, the Taku, the Fairweather and the Chenega. Sure–there still are some destinations (Cold Bay, Dutch Harbor) and some ships (the Tustumena and the Lituya) still on the bucket list–but we’re making progress!
Every Alaskan needs to sail on the ferry! Alaska’s Marine Highway is a great resource to locals and visitors alike. But those of us who live here have a special responsibility, since our friends and relatives naturally think we’re EXPERTS on all things Alaska, including the ferry!
This year, new sailings make it easier to sail on the ferry. In May, a new “Cross Gulf Express” on the Kennicott departs Bellingham for Whittier with stops in Ketchikan, Juneau and Yakutat.
Here’s another boost in service: twice-monthly service from Homer out to the Aleutian Chain (this is high on my list!!). From May through September, the “Trusty Tusty” (m/v Tustumena) will sail down the Alaska Peninsula all the way to Dutch Harbor! Gotta do it!!
Sail to Glacier Bay National Park from Juneau! This summer, the m/v LeConte will sail once a week from Juneau to Gustavus–gateway to Glacier Bay National Park. It’s just 60 miles as the crow flies–but the route offers spectacular scenery: mountains, rugged coastline and an occasional whale!!
Do more. See more. Sail more on Alaska’s Marine Highway! Call (800)642-0066 or check the website for wintertime specials, routes, fares and more! www.ferryalaska.com .