How Do You Take a Ferry From Washington to Alaska?


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Travelers who would like to take a ferry from Washington to Alaska should search for the right ferry, make a reservation, pay the fare, check in at least 2 hours before departure and go through security at least 30 minutes before departure. All travel starts at Bellingham, which is the only port in Washington that provides ferries to Alaska throughout the year, as of 2015. Reservations can be made through companies such as Viking Travel or through the Alaska Marine Highway System.

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Travelers should follow these steps to take a ferry from Washington to Alaska:

  1. Make a reservation
  2. Make a reservation through a site, such as Viking Travel. Fill out the form with all required information, including full name, address and phone number. The company will send a confirmation within 2 days of booking.

  3. Pay the fare
  4. Once the confirmation is received, pay the ferry fare. The fare should be paid at least 14 days before the departure date.

  5. Pick up the ticket
  6. Tickets can be picked up at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal. All customers need to show valid identification to pick up tickets.

  7. Check in at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal
  8. All passengers should check in at least 2 hours before the departure time if traveling without a car. Those with a car will need to check in at least 3 hours before departure.

  9. Go through security
  10. Passengers must go through security inspection at least 30 minutes before departure.

  11. Board the ferry
  12. Board the ferry at least 15 minutes before departure.

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