The MV Tustumena is named after the Tustumena Glacier, located on the Kenai Peninsula. Tustumena is a Tanaina Indian name meaning "Lake with the Peninsula." The vessel was designed by Phillip F. Spaulding and Associates of Seattle, Washington and constructed in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin in 1964. It was built with an elevator capable of loading and unloading vehicles without a ramp, regardless of tide levels, and is used in communities where a dedicated ramp loading directly into the car deck is not available. In 1969 a prefabricated 54 foot mid-body section was added, lengthening the vessel to its current size. The MV Tustumena is the smallest AMHS vessel with cabins and is one of only two certified ocean class ferries in the Alaska Marine Highway System fleet. For comfort and safety the ship is equipped with gyroscopic fin stabilizers to reduce rolling.
The MV Tustumena is 296 feet long and 59 feet wide, with a domestic gross tonnage of 2,174 and a service speed of 13.3 knots. The MV Tustumena is designed to carry 160 passengers and has a vehicle capacity of 680 linear feet, which is equal to approximately 34 twenty-foot vehicles. There are 6 four-berth and 17 two-berth cabins, as well as 1 wheelchair-accessible cabin. View our Vessel Information Table for more statistical information.
The MV Tustumena is one of only two Alaska Marine Highway System vessels with a dining room offering sit down food service. Other onboard amenities include observation lounges with comfortable chairs, a covered heated solarium, a movie lounge, and showers. Fresh towels, pillows and blankets are available upon request for a small fee. Microwaves are also available for passenger use. Click on the image to start a slideshow of all deck plans on the MV Tustumena.
Cabin Types & Descriptions
Two Berth Cabins: The MV Tustumena is equipped with 2-berth cabins as well as at least one 2-berth accessible cabin. ADA cabins are modified to accommodate wheelchair access in the entire cabin space. Click here to to see the layouts of the 2-berth cabins on MV Tustumena.
Four Berth Cabins: The MV Tustumena is equipped with 4-berth cabins with or without full facilities. Click here to to see the layouts of the 4-berth cabins on MV Tustumena.