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Getting to Alaska by Ferry

The Alaska Marine Highway is Relaxed, Flexible

The state-owned ferry system is called a "Marine Highway" because it provides vital year-round transportation service for many Alaskan communities, and it sails through some truly breathtaking scenery. Ferry trips can be round-trip or one-way, and travelers can board with or without a vehicle.

The ferry system services over 30 ports through the Inside Passage, Gulf of Alaska and Aleutian Islands. Departures northbound leave from Bellingham, Washington and Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Tickets are affordable and the atmosphere is relaxed and informal. Reservations can be made online at or by phone at 1-800-642-0066. Make reservations early, especially for cabins.

Plan on 4 days to cruise the Inside Passage, and 7 days to reach Prince William Sound ports. Schedule extra days to take advantage of stopover privileges.

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