June 29, 2007
The IFA's M/V Stikine provides seasonal round-trip service between Coffman Cove, Wrangell and Petersburg each Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Petersburg is served through the S.Mitkof terminal, which is 25 miles by road south of town.
The special summer discount is to encourage more Alaskans to discover the fascinating communities served by the M/V Stikine and enjoy this uncrowded area of Southeast, said Briggs. The communities of Petersburg and Wrangell joined with Prince of Wales Island in 2006 to promote themselves as "Alaska's Rainforest Islands", with the slogan "where the forest meets the sea". This ongoing marketing program has had a positive impact on northern route ridership. Combine this with the new reduced rate fares and we should be close to projections for traffic and revenues, according to Briggs.
Passenger facilities aboard
the 198 foot Stikine include a forward observation lounge with
recliner chairs, reading room, quiet room for passengers needing
privacy, restaurant, children's play area, and a solarium. Food
service is contracted to mother and daughter operators Barb Sinclair
and Jackie Sunde from Coffman Cove. Their galley offerings include
homemade breads and soups; wrap sandwiches; sliced fruit and
cream cheese, and home style deserts.
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