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High speed catamaran from Valdez to Whittier?

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High speed catamaran from Valdez to Whittier?

I've read about the ferries between Valdez and Whittier. Is there a separate service that uses a high speed catamaran or does the fast ferry use a catamaran? How long does the crossing take? We are trying to get from Valdez to Whittier to join our cruise this August. Also is it possible to drive from Copper River to Valdez and take the ferry/catamaran to Whittier all in one day?

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1. Re: High speed catamaran from Valdez to Whittier?

FVF Chenega is the fast ferry sailing from Valdez to Whittier on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays in August. It departs from Valdez at 12:45 and arrives in Whittier at 3 pm.

It is $89.00 per person and $123.00 for a regular sedan up to 19 feet in length. Of course for a longer car, SUV, RV these charges are higher

I copy this from the Alaska Ferry website

http://tinyurl.com/2hdygm

<The M/V Chenega is one of the new Alaska Marine Highway Fast Vehicle Ferries. Built by Derecktor Shipyards of Bridgeport, Connecticut at a cost of $34.5 million, she began service in summer of 2005. The Chenega's designer is Nigel Gee & Associates (NGA), a British naval architecture firm that has many years of high-speed ship design and build experience. The Chenega is powered by four diesel engines and four water jets. The hull form is a 235-foot catamaran that has been shown to provide the highest transport efficiency of any high-speed ferry of this size. The Chenega operates in Southeast Alaska during the winter months and in Prince William Sound during the summer.>

Certainly you could drive from Copper River Center to Valdez to catch the 12:15 ferry but why? You are going to be on the most spectacular section of the Richardson Highway and missing some tremendous views, Worthington Glacier, Thompson Pass, Keystone Canyon with its waterfalls and all overlooks along the road. Geology and history of the area is worthy to dedicate more time than just a quick drive through.

Are you planning to return your rental car in Whittier?

To book the ferry just go to the link I included above.

Also keep in mind when trying to connect to your cruise in Whittier that once a while the ferry may depart/arrive later than scheduled. It happened to us.

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2. Re: High speed catamaran from Valdez to Whittier?

There is no high speed ferry or cataraman between Valdez and Whittier, only the Alaskan Marine Highway ferry which has a very specific and limited schedule.

Driving from Valdez to Whittier will take at least 8 hours plus stops.

From Copper River you can drive to Valdez in about an hour, take the glacier cruise and be back in Valdez and next day drive to Whittier or if you time peoperly then next day take the Alaska ferry to Whittier.

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3. Re: High speed catamaran from Valdez to Whittier?

"There is no high speed ferry or cataraman between Valdez and Whittier, only the Alaskan Marine Highway ferry which has a very specific and limited schedule."

As already posted by Places, the Alaskan Marine Highway does have a high speed ferry (The Chenega and it is a catamaran which means multi-hulled) that runs from Valdez to Whittier in about 2 hrs & 45 minutes. They also have another ferry (the Aurora) that takes about 5 & a half hours. Yes, you can get from Copper River to Whittier in the same day. Just plan accordingly, i.e. it is 100 miles from the Copper River Princess Lodge to Valdez so 2+ hours just for driving.

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