Yes moamber I'm looking for a flight definitively.
Can I ask you a saggestion for Haines cheap accomodations?
Riding the ferry can be an interesting experience. True it will take longer than flying. But flying you don't see anything. One of the most interesting parts of the ferry trips is passing through the Wrangell Narrows, which cruise ships cannot.
The Columbia leaves from Bellingham each Friday evening and new this season the Kennicott also does on a different day every other week. You can take the Kennicott all the way to Whittier if you like, and beyond to Kodiak and Homer.
I don't think you said, but will you have a car with you. The cost of bringing one with you on the ferry is rather expensive. Transportation from Whittier is rather limited if you don't have a car.
Ops I know the hostel yet, I was confused with Wrangell where I didn't find again, where to sleep
John I prefer the ferry but this way I think is better to gain more time and see more places. I haven't a car, I don't need. I'll reach whittier from Cordova (or Valdez) and from whittier I'll move by train to Anchorage, but I'm very flexible and all can change. For a solo traveller I think don't have problem for ferry booking.
I hope enjoy Alaska!!
As a "walk on" passenger there should be no problem. Cabin space fills quickly, but if you don't mind sitting up all night, no problem there either. Just stretch out and sleep on the floor.
In Wrangell there is a motel close to the ferry terminal. We stayed there once, but that was 20 years ago.
You can also pitch a tent on the back deck - just make sure you bring something to weigh it down as there's nothing keeping it from blowing it away. I took the ferry up in February and we had 100 mph gusts - i luckily had sandbags in my car to keep my tent stable, but one blew down and the 2nd almost got ripped to shreds. (we had used the nav light post to tie them to something). the watchman would NOT let us sleep in a tent under the covered area, even after pleas with the purser.
I really enjoyed sleeping outdoors & there weren't a lot of kids upstairs, so it was tolerable.
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