Mainline Ferries

The mainline vessels are our largest ships and typically take more than one day to travel between start and end ports, that provide road access. These vessels offer all the amenities needed for passengers who may be onboard overnight or for multiple days. Cabins are available for rent and cafes and restaurants offer food for purchase. For the more adventurous, who prefer to travel without a cabin, set up a tent on the upper deck or bring your own sleeping bag for a night or two in the covered, heated solarium. Public showers are also available onboard. Interior observation lounges and outside decks provide amazing views of the passing landscape.

Alaska Peninsula from the <em>MV Tustumena</em> crew mess © Larry Willamson, AK DOT&PF

Day Boat Ferries

The day boats connect smaller communities with each other and with the mainline vessel routes. Although, cabins are not available on these vessels, public showers are. Interior observation lounges provide excellent opportunities to view spectacular scenery and wildlife, get outside and walk around the outside decks for some fresh air, or relax in the heated solarium and bond with your fellow travelers.

Vessel stack with Alaska Flag © Emily Frederick

Shuttle Ferries

A sub-class of the day boat ferries is the shuttle ferries. These vessels provide round-trip service between two or three communities within a day. Passenger services are limited on these ships; however, observation lounges and access to outside decks provide spectacular viewing opportunities.

The bridge on the <em>FVF Chenega</em> © Wayde Carroll Photography

New Ferry Construction

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is currently in the process of designing and building replacement vessels to ensure the system will be able to continue providing reliable marine transportation service well into the future for the communities, residents, and businesses of Alaska. The status of these projects can be found on the following pages.

The <em>MV Tusutmena's</em> ship flag © Wayde Carroll Photography