Service Between Juneau and Ketchikan
November 02, 2005
Photo credit: Peter Metcalfe/AMHS
The Chenega will stop at Wrangell northbound on its first and third voyages each week and southbound on its second voyage. The Fairweather, in addition to the Juneau-Petersburg schedule, will continue to serve Lynn Canal on Mondays and Tuesdays, and Sitka on Wednesdays.
For the first two weeks of November, the Juneau-Ketchikan "couplet" will operate on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, before shifting to Friday, Saturday and Sunday, starting on November 18 and continuing through the end of the winter schedule. The reason for this is that the Fairweather is covering a portion of the M/V LeConte's Sunday schedule while it is in the shipyard for annual maintenance.
Currently, interested travelers should make reservations using the AMHS toll-free number (800)-642-0066, as the Juneau-Ketchikan "couplet" voyage is not shown as an option in the marine highway Internet reservation system.
Taylor said that, in addition
to trying a new way of deploying the fast vehicle ferries in
a more convenient schedule, the ferry system also wants to know
exactly how the ferries will handle the notoriously rough wintertime
seas of Clarence Strait and Stephens Passage. "The Southeast
Alaska Transportation Plan calls for the use of a total of three
fast vehicle ferries, and we need to know if they will work as
planned before we buy anymore of them," Taylor said.
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