/ Bellingham Cruise Terminal
The Fairhaven Cruise Terminal is home to the Alaska Ferry System
as well as home to numerous other
cruise tour operators offering excursions to Victoria B.C., Friday
Harbor in the San Juans, as well as exciting and scenic leisurely tours of beautiful
Bellingham Bay WA.
Bellingahm is uniquely suited
on the shores of Puget sound making it the
point for visitors vacationing in the San Juan Islands, Northwest
Washington, Alaska, or British Columbia. Visit our main page for more information about this incredibly
beautiful area of Western Washington State.
The Alaska Marine Highway Ferry System stops at 32 different
terminals including Bellingham Washington, British Columbia and a
number of terminals throughout Alaska. This unique ferry system was
founded in 1948 and then was purchased by the state government in
||The Alaska Marine Highway Ferry System currently
has 11 vessels in its fleet with others being built
or on the drawing board. Every year the ferry system
carries about 100,000 cars and 350,000 passengers.
To save money on your journey to Alaska you can opt
out of having a private cabin and instead sleep on
the recliner lounges in the public areas of the
ship, or you can roll out a sleeping bag and sleep
in the solarium on the upper deck. There's a food
and beverage service area serving hot coffee, and
simple food items like salads and sandwiches. You
can also bring your own food and coolers for your
If you have time before or after
your journey on the Alaskan Ferry you might want to
go on a whale watching excursions. It is also a
great way to get a good look at the San Juan
Islands. There are also whale watching excursions
departing from the Bellingham Cruise terminal as
well as seasonal excursions to Vancouver Island and
Victoria British Columbia.
SCHEDULE - TIMES FOR BELLINGHAM WASHINGTON
The Alaska Marine Ferry typically arrives in Bellingham
Washington at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal Friday mornings at 8am
and sets sail back for Alaska at 6pm. (Matanuska Ferry Boat)
The Alaskan Marine Highway Ferry System either begins
or ends, depending on your perspective at Bellingham's Fairhaven
GETTING TO THE ALASKA FERRY TERMINAL
Bellingham Cruise Terminal Address:
Bellingham, Wa 98225
Marine Highway Ferry System Phone 1 800 382-9229
Washington and the Alaskan Marine Highway Ferry System
terminal is located north of Seattle via Interstate 5,
about 1 hour south of Vancouver British Columbia.
Bellingham WA is set on
the shores of Puget Sound in the shadow of majestic Mount Baker, a
year-round snowcapped volcano rising 10,781 feet to the
east. Mount Baker holds the world's record for snowfall in a
single season. In 1999 Mount Baker received 1,140 inches of
show. That is 95 feet of snow!
Alaska Ferry System is most popular during
the summer months carrying
tourists and their cars but the
Ferry System operates year round although at a reduced
schedule, providing an important link between remote Alaskan
cities and villages and carrying supplies from the mainland
SAMPLE FARES FOR THE ALASKAN FERRIES
||Passenger 12y or older
||Vehicle Up To 15 Ft.
||Vehicle Up 21 Ft.
|Bellingham To Ketchikan
|Bellingham To Skagway
|Bellingham To Sitka
Alaska Marine Highway Ferries have public showers and restrooms
available for passengers that don't have a private cabin for their
journey. You will want to keep all valuables in one of their
coin-op lockers onboard the ship.
Cars And RV's
Alaska Ferries can transport any vehicle that can legally be
driven or towed on a highway including Motorhomes, travel
trailers, and other recreational ATV trailers. RV's are charged at
the same rate as cars however there is a surcharge for extra-wide
vehicles and extra-long vehicles. The convenience of traveling
with your own car is great but car deck space is limited so be
sure to book early.
As is the case with traveling just
about anywhere it is wise to pack half the clothes and twice the
money. The fare for transporting a 25ft travel trailer with tow
vehicle between Bellingham and Ketchikan may cost in excess of
$2,000.00 but talk to people who have made the trip in their RV or
Motorhome and they will tell you it is worth it.
DID YOU KNOW?
From Bellingham the
first stop on the Alaska Ferry route is Ketchikan
Alaska Ferry Also Stops At The Following Alaska Ports: