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Old 01-19-2016, 04:45 PM   #1
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Alaska Ferry - worth $6600 round trip?

We just made round trip reservations on the Alaska Ferry between Bellingham, Washington and Haines, Alaska (near Skagway). Not all the way to Whittier/Anchorage (which was not available for our timing), so we still have a 15+ hour drive from Haines to Tok to Anchorage. We plan to stay in Alaska for about 3 weeks before heading home (this trip is in July).

My question is for anyone who has ever done the Alaska Ferry either to or from Alaska (or both) with your RV: Is it worth $6600 round trip? That is the cost for two passengers (we are both under 65, so standard fare), our RV (24') and an outside cabin for 2.

We are thinking of just taking the ferry in one direction (north), then driving home through British Columbia on the way back (and extra 30+ hours of driving, gas, overnights, etc.). Also wondering if that Canada drive is a nice one or if it is just a spring home between gas stops?

I would appreciate any input from experienced Alaska RVers. We have a 2014 Airstream Interstate. Thanks.
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Old 01-19-2016, 04:58 PM   #2
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Sounds like buyers remorse. Go, have fun and tell us all about your trip.
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Assuming you can change your reservation without significant penalty, I would consider talking the ferry one way, and driving the other. Lots to see. Cheap dollar right now.

We have taken a ferry north and then driven south, and have also driven the length of the Alaska Highway in both directions on another trip. We weren't taking an RV on the ferry, so it wasn't that expensive. We also didn't get a cabin, we used sleeper seats. Personal preference. But I wouldn't miss the drive.

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Old 01-19-2016, 05:21 PM   #4
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I though 90% of the fun was doing the drive to Alaska and back. I would highly recommend driving one way and perhaps take the ferry the other way. Lots to do along the way and it would be a cheap trip with the Canadian dollar
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Old 01-19-2016, 06:26 PM   #5
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Given the cheap Canadian dollar, I'd be inclined to drive both ways!
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Old 01-19-2016, 06:41 PM   #6
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Sorry, but if you take the ferry both ways you might as well leave your RV at home and rent a car. The interesting part of this trip is the expansive country you get to see and the Alaska portion is a very small part of that.

Remember the adventure is NOT the destination, its all about the trip!

So take the ferry one way and enjoy the ride... Also if you really want to save a few $$ cancel your state room and take a tent along. Many of these operations will allow you to pitch your tent right on the deck and you will be as smug as a bug in a rug.

In closing. The landscape you will see on the Canadian side of this trip will be some of the finest in North America. So don't miss it.

Good luck and have fun.

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Drive it, take an Alaskan cruise later...
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Old 01-19-2016, 07:00 PM   #8
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I agree, the Alaska Highway drive is the adventure. We drove it both ways in the summer of 1972 in a VW camper and tent with four adults and three children from two to seven years old. At that time, it was all gravel from Whitehorse to the Alaska border, now it is mostly paved. We still reminisce about that trip and can't wait to do it in our AS. So, take the Ferry up and drive back, but take your time and enjoy!
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With just 3 weeks I'd consider flying into Anchorage and renting an RV part of the time to get out and then taking a short day cruise or two from Anchorage to see the glaciers.
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We drove from NC to Eagle Alaska and back. No way I would give up the drive and the things we saw and experienced. We were on the road six weeks. I would not spend that kind of money on a boat ride. I agree with the other poster...might as well rent a car and leave the camper at home. Since you asked for opinions ...
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I've priced Alaska cruises, because we want to do one, and they come in less than the amount you stated for similar accommodations on a ferry. My feeling is that the food on a cruise ship, which is included in the price, would be better than the food you can get on a ferry. Is that true, or am I missing something? Is the food on the ferry included in the price you quoted? As others have said, I would be inclined to drive if I want to drive, and sail if I want to sail, and not try to mix the two. My wife feels differently about this, however, which is one reason we haven't gone yet. We haven't really figured this out yet, and would welcome any input you have.
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For me it is the journey. I plan on driving up, spending a couple of months and driving back. An inside cruise is on my bucket list but will be a separate trip from dragging the trailer up.
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Someone said " Many of these operations will allow you to pitch your tent right on the deck and you will be as smug as a bug in a rug."

Is staying in your camper against the rules? It seems a tiny bit odd that you could tent camp but not stay in your RV, especially since you are already paying to have your RV on board.

I am guessing that the ferry company and or the government, are afraid people would use propane powered utilities, and the risk of fire associated with that.

How long does the ferry ride take?
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You can't stay in your camper while on the ferry. I've read sometimes they park them so close the door can't open. It's also problematic travelling with pets.
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