Planning Your Trip
The vessel’s schedule is coordinated with the airlines to provide time and cost-saving connections with Alaska departure ports and give you more time on the boat.
How Do I Get To Alaska?
Several flights leave Seattle and Anchorage, Ak. daily for Petersburg, Sitka and Juneau. If your cruise starts in one city and ends in another, there is generally no extra charge. Alaska Airlines is the only major airline that flies to all of Southeast Alaska. More information about getting to Petersburg is available on our Getting to Petersburg page.
What About The Ferry?
The state of Alaska runs the largest marine ferry system in the world in the coastal waters of Alaska. The ferry system runs between all the major cities in Southeast Alaska and connects Washington State to Southeast Alaska. The trip is a fantastic way to see the Inside Passage. Travel time from Washington to Juneau is about three days, but ferries only leave twice a week from Bellingham WA. Cabins are available for an additional cost, or you can rough it by camping out in the heated, covered salon. Contact the Alaska Marine Highway System (800.642.0066) if you are interested in taking the ferry to Southeast. The ferry system is also a relaxing way to travel between towns in Southeast Alaska. The schedules follow the tides, resulting in some inconvenient docking times. The vessels are only in port long enough to unload and load so the “shore time” is very limited unless you layover and catch a later ferry. More information about using the ferry to get to Petersburg is available on our Getting to Petersburg page.
Concerns About Traveling By Boat?
The waters of Southeast Alaska and the Inside Passage are surprisingly calm. Large islands protect the passage from the open ocean and rough weather. The area has hundreds of protected bays that offer calm anchorage.
“The trip of a lifetime was delivered as promised. A great crew, a spectacular land. Sea life and seafood so many jumping things, salmon, dolphins, seals and whales. Even whales that danced-only thing missing was dancing bears!”
Carl and Carol