continued from April 4th …….
On their website, the Alaska Marine Highway System suggests that you make reservations on the ferry six months in advance. We found that wasn’t necessary, unless you were leaving from Bellingham WA. We rode the ferries for over four months while shooting our “Alaska Inside Passage” video and we were never on a ferry that was more than half-full. If you did start your trip in Bellingham (which we don’t suggest for cost reasons) you might need one, but starting in Prince Rupert BC we never did.
Making reservations makes your trip too structured. You never know how long you want to spend in a town until you get there and check it out.
I would suggest driving to Prince Rupert and buying a ticket only as far as Ketchikan. Get off the ferry and hang around as long as you like, two days or two weeks. You won’t need a reservation for a campground either. Almost all the port towns have at least one campground. You can always boondock if you need to.
When you get tired of Ketchikan head over to the AMHS ticket office and buy a ticket on the next ferry to Wrangell, about six hours away. There are usually several ferries coming into each port every day and you should have no problems. When you get tired of Wrangell do the same thing. Don’t tie yourself down with reservations. Play it by ear, it’s more fun that way!
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To be continued next Thursday …. John Holod – RV Adventure Videos
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