AMHS' 2008 summer schedule
January 29, 2008
The Alaska Marine Highway System (AHMS) today announced the release
of its 2008 summer schedule.
"While we apologize for the delay in getting the schedule
out, we are happy to present the schedule to those interested
in traveling with us, and we certainly don't expect any future
schedule release delays," said Dennis Hardy, Deputy Commissioner
of Marine Operations, Department of Transportation and Public
Facilities (DOT&PF). "The delay was a one-time occurrence
that resulted from major changes in our schedule. The changes
were necessary to make more efficient use of the vessels and
help meet the needs of communities like Haines, Skagway, and
AMHS general manager, Capt. John Falvey, explained that although
this year's summer schedule was later than recent years, AMHS
officials worked very hard to accommodate persons contacting
AMHS to book reservations.
"AMHS has tracked calls from customers seeking to make reservations
when the schedule was unavailable," Falvey said. "Our
staff will immediately begin returning calls to customers and
booking those reservations."
The schedule and online reservations
are available on the AMHS website at www.ferryalaska.com.
The schedule will be included in the Alaska guide - The Milepost.
The schedule is available in calendar format on its website homepage
Options; Calendar of Port-to-Port Sailings,". Online
reservations are now available.
"The AMHS website is filled with a wealth of information
that provides travelers an easy option for booking their itinerary,"
The summer ferry schedule puts the Malaspina in Southeast Alaska's
Lynn Canal to serve Juneau, Haines and Skagway. The schedule
allows the fast ferry Fairweather to provide more day-boat service
to Sitka and Petersburg.
"We have also received positive responses to our changes
from, travelers, because the Malaspina will provide service between
Haines and Skagway that the Fairweather's vehicle deck capacity
could not accommodate," Hardy said.
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