Locals fishing along the Homer Spit as the MV Kennicott arrives to port © Wayde Carroll Photography

2018 Summer Schedule Open

Vessel schedules and service levels remain similar to 2017, with a few exceptions. The Kennicott will provide an early sailing down the Aleutian Chain departing Homer on May 6th, check schedule for route details. It will then resume a two week rotation on the Bellingham-Cross gulf route. The Malaspina will replace the Matanuska providing service from Prince Rupert to Skagway and to Juneau once per week. And finally, the Columbia, Fairweather, Lituya, LeConte, Tustumena and Aurora will provide similar schedules to the previous summer.

MV Columbia sailing near Ketchikan © Ivan Dubinsky

MV Columbia Winter Service

The MV Columbia is back online and will provide service throughout the coming winter, a change in this year's schedule. Previous winter schedules have seen the Columbia in layup while smaller mainline vessels provide winter service to Bellingham. With the beginning of the Matanuska repower project and the Malaspina in a current overhaul, the Columbia has been returned to service. She will continue her weekly route from Bellingham throughout the communities of the Inside Passage through the winter months and into the 2018 summer season.