The Alaska Marine Highway Ferry System Connects The Great State Of Alaska With The Mainland U.S.A. 

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 Alaskan Ferry Cruise Terminal Fairhaven Wa

The Alaska Ferry System also known as the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry System, begins its journey in beautiful Bellingham Washington at the Fairhaven Cruise Terminal. This modern ferry terminal is conveniently located next to the Amtrak Cascades Train Station & Greyhound Bus Station, making it easy to arrive to Bellingham from either Seattle or Vancouver B.C. and hop on a ferry to incredible Alaska. The Alaska Ferries are an alternative to Al larger mega cruise ships although the larger ships are more luxurious, have showrooms, casinos, and lounges.    

 
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Alaska Marine Ferry Waits At Bellingham Washington's Cruise Terminal

The Fairhaven / 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.  

The Alaska Marine Highway Begins at the Cruise Terminal In Bellingham's Historic Fairhaven DistrictBellingahm is uniquely suited on the shores of Puget sound making it the perfect starting 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 1951.

The M/V Columbia Alaska Ferry Waiting At Bellingham's Cruise Terminal For It's Weekly Journey North To Alaska  Getting To The Alaska Ferry Terminal Is Easy With Well Marked Signs Leading The Way From I-5 Into Fairhaven The Amtrak/Greyhound Station Is Located Next Door To The Bellingham Cruise Terminal 
The M/V Columbia Waiting At The Dock For Passengers And Crew For Its Weekly Voyage To Alaska  Bellingham's Waterfront Boulevard Park Is A Great Place To Watch The Alaska Ferry Make Its Weekly Run Between Alaska And Bellingham U.S.A.  Boulevard Park Overlooking Bellingham Bay 
Fairhaven Washignton Is Home To The Southern Terminus Of The Alaska Marine Highway Ferry System   The Alaska Ferry Waiting To Load Cars At Bellingham's Cruise Terminal Bellingham Cruise Terminal Fairhaven Washington 
The M/V Columbia waits at the Fairhaven Washington Cruise Terminal  The M/V Columbia waiting for passengers and cars for its weekly journey to Alaska  The Bellingham Cruise Terminal Fairhaven Washington 
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 journey.

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. 
Alaska Marine Highway Ferry Docked At Fairhaven's Cruise Terminal For Its Weekly Run To Alaska

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)

 

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The Alaskan Marine Highway Ferry System either begins or ends, depending on your perspective at Bellingham's Fairhaven Cruise Terminal.

GETTING TO THE ALASKA FERRY TERMINAL

Bellingham Cruise Terminal Address:
1801 Roeder Ave.
Bellingham, Wa 98225
(360)a 676-2500
Alaska Marine Highway Ferry System Phone 1 800 382-9229

Bellingham 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!

  The 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 United States.
Bellingham's Squalicum Harbor Is Bellingham's Marina And Home To Yacht Charters And Whale Watching Excursions
 

SAMPLE FARES FOR THE ALASKAN FERRIES

Terms of Use Passenger 12y or older Vehicle Up To 15 Ft. Vehicle Up 21 Ft.
Bellingham To Ketchikan $  238.00 $  515.00 $    770.00
Bellingham To Skagway $  363.00 $  820.00 $ 1,257.00
Bellingham To Sitka $  301.00 $  655.00 $ 1.003.00
 

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
The 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
The Alaska Ferry Also Stops At The Following Alaska Ports:

Ketchikan Alaska Whitehorse Alaska Homer Alaska
Skagway Alaska Haines Alaska Cordova Alaska
Juneau Alaska Sitka Alaska Valdez Alaska
Wrangell Alaska Kodiak Alaska Seward Alaska
Unalaska Alaska Petersburg Alaska Whittier Alaska

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