Alaska's ferry system is a fun, affordable and scenic way to travel
Chief Purser checks id against tickets as passengers await to board © Lands End Business Outfitters

New AMHS Reservations System

AMHS will be transitioning to our new reservations system beginning with the summer 2016 schedule. The new CarRes system will be ready to accept advanced summer bookings through the AMHS call center starting in December 2015. Implementation of the new system will be a tiered approach, starting with the reservations call center, and the new online booking portal. Implementation in the terminals and onboard vessels will begin in spring 2016. Watch the site for project updates.

<em>MV Columbia</em> sets sail at sunset from Bellingham WA for Ketchikan AK © Erich Tritz

Alaska Insider, Elaine Schroeder – Juneau, AK

"Take the ferry to Alaska." Elaine's advice to friends from the Lower 48 who are thinking of visiting Alaska is to fly to Washington and catch the ferry north. "The ferry is just a gorgeous way to travel, with wonderful scenery and wildlife. It's fun and you can stop wherever you want."

That's exactly how Elaine and her husband, Bob first came to Alaska 32 years ago and they have lived here ever since. Read more from Elaine.