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THE ALASKA STATE FERRIES

 

The M/V AURORA, was built by Peterson Shipbuilders in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, and began service in 1977. The Aurora is 235 feet long, and can transport 250 passengers and 34 vehicles (20' lengths) at a service speed of 14.5 knots. Because the Aurora is used for short runs, staterooms are not available, although food service and a solarium are provided. (Back to Top)


The M/V's FAIRWEATHER & CHENEGA are the Alaska Marine Highway System's first fast vehicle ferries. Their main decks have interior seating for 150 passengers in the observation lounge and 109 in the midship area as well as exterior seating in the solarium. Interior spaces have a combination of reclining airline-style seats and table arrangements with dedicated areas for work/study, video games and full service snack bars. Their single main decks hold 35 vehicles. Service speed is 32 knots.
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The M/V COLUMBIA was designed to carry 932 passengers with a crew of 68. Its two vehicle decks can accommodate 186 vehicles. There are 56 two-berth cabins, three two-berth barrier-free cabins, 40 four-berth cabins and five cabins that have four-berths with an extra sitting room. These cabins are great for a card party or to use with larger families that don't mind putting the kids on the floor in sleeping bags.

A dining room, snack-bar, cocktail lounge as well as the ships gift shop, theater-lounge and video arcade are all available onboard. Two forward lounges afford wonderful vistas of the passing scenery. You can also roll out your sleeping bag on deck chairs and camp out under the heated Solarium, or, you may want to try one of the two decks ideal for pitching "free standing" tents and sleep under the stars. You can duct-tape your tent to the deck.    (Back to Top)

MV Columbia

Photo of MV Columbia Courtesy M/V Columbia Crew


The M/V KENNICOTT, is the newest vessel of the Marine Highway Fleet. Built by Halter Marine Group of Gulfport, Mississippi at a cost of over $80 million, the Kennicott began service in the summer of 1998. Designed by Halter Marine, and Glosten Associates of Seattle, Washington, the Kennicott is 382 feet long, 85 feet wide, with nine decks. She is driven by two 6,69HP Wartsilla 32E diesel engines, and has a service with a speed of 16.75 knots. The vessel is ocean certified and is also designed to serve as a command and logistics center during an oil spill or other natural disaster. The ship has a capacity for 748 passengers, provides 320 berthing accommodations and has space for 120 standard automobiles. The observation lounges and the enclosed, heated solarium give excellent vantage points from which to enjoy Alaska's scenic splendor throughout her voyage. The Kennicott operates on the Cross-Gulf schedule, sometimes offering direct service between Washington State and Alaska. (Back to Top)
The M/V LECONTE, launched in late 1973 by Peterson Shipbuilders in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. The LeConte joined the fleet in 1974. The LeConte is 235 feet long, with capacity for 250 passengers and 34 vehicles (20' lengths), and operates at a service speed of 14.5 knots. The LeConte is used for shorter runs, so it does not have staterooms, but food service, cocktail lounge and a solarium are provided. (Back to Top)
MV Malaspina
The M/V MALASPINA, carries 500 passengers, and provides 53 four-berth and 30 two-berth cabins. The vessel was built in Seattle in 1963 at the Lockheed Shipbuilding yards, then lengthened and renovated in 1972 at the Willamette Iron and Steel Company shipyard in Portland. The Malaspina is now 408 feet long, with capacity for 88 vehicles (20' lengths), 
and a service speed of 16.5 knots. Passenger services include a cafeteria, gift shop, cocktail lounge, solarium, and forward observation lounge. The Malaspina operates into Bellingham, Washington, during the winter when the M/V Columbia is out of service.
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Photo of MV Malaspina courtesy of David Weintraub, Alaska Marine Highway System.


The M/V MATANUSKA, was built by Puget Sound Bridge & Dry Dock Company of Seattle and began service in 1963. In 1968 the vessel was lengthened and renovated. It now carries 500 passengers, and provides 4 four-berth, 23 three-berth, and 81 two-berth cabins. The Matanuska is 408 feet long, with capacity for 88 vehicles (20' lengths), and has a service speed of 16.5 knots. Passenger services include a cafeteria, gift shop, cocktail lounge, solarium and forward observation lounge. When you travel on the Matanuska ask us about the great staterooms that are availble at little or no extra charge!   (Back to Top)

MV Matanuska

Photo Courtesy of Alaska Marine Highway System.


The M/V TAKU, was built by Puget Sound Bridge & Dry Dock Company of Seattle and began service in 1963. Renovated in 1981,the vessel is 352 feet long, with capacity for 69 vehicles (20' lengths), and operates at a service speed of 16.5 knots. It can carry 450 passengers, and has 9 four-berth, and 35 two-berth cabins. Passenger services include a cafeteria, gift shop, cocktail lounge, solarium and forward observation lounge. Alaska residents know when the Taku is coming by when they hear the distinctive sound of the propeller. (Back to Top)
The M/V TUSTUMENA, was built at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin in 1964, sailed Alaskan waters for five years, then was renovated in San Francisco in the winter of 1969. The vessel is 296 feet long, with capacity for 36 vehicles (20'lengths), and operates at a service speed of 13.5 knots. It can carry 210 passengers, and has 8 four-berth, and 18 two-berth cabins. Passenger services include a cafeteria, cocktail lounge, solarium, and forward observation lounge. (Back to Top)
The M/V LITUYA serving the Inside Passage route between Ketchikan and Metlakatla, the M/V Lituya went into service in 2004. At 131 feet overall, she can carry 18 vehicles and 149 passengers. Service speed is 12 knots. (Back to Top)

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