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Anna Mello Oct 28, 2015 at 03:01 PM

Hi Barbara,
I was unable to make the trip to Alaska. On the day we were to depart I was in the hospital having emergency surgery.
I just wanted to know how everything went and if I should consider this same trip next year.
Hope you had a wonderful time.

Maureen Wilson Oct 07, 2015 at 01:37 PM

According to the Alaska Marine Highway Schedule you will be sailing: 06:00pm MALASPINA Dp BEL to KTN.
Barbara Eckart Oct 07, 2015 at 01:49 PM

Thank you so much

Barbara Eckart Oct 07, 2015 at 12:41 PM

Does anyone know when the Ferry departs on Oct 16 - looks like Greyhound gets in at 4:30PM Hope that is not too late

Anna Mello Sep 22, 2015 at 05:42 PM

Hi Barbara,
I have a ticket on the Greyhound bus returning from Bellingham (1:50-3:55)on Oct. 23rd. I've checked their schedules and there's a bus leaving Seattle on Oct. 16th at 2:30, arriving in Bellingham at 4:30. The web only fee is $12. You might check other companies for an earlier departure, but you have to remember that there's a little distance between Sea-Tac and the bus depot in Seattle. (You'll have time to grab a bite to eat before your bus ride.) :')
Anna Since you're still working you must be a "young un". I'm looking for a roommate who will be able to climb up to the upper bunk, since I'm not physically able to do so.

Anna Mello Sep 16, 2015 at 12:31 AM

Hi Barbara, The train leaves Seattle (King Street Station) at 7:45 AM arrives in Bellingham at 9:57. The ticket cost is $18. I have heard that on at least 2 occasions the ferry has docked 2 1/2 to 3 hours after their scheduled 8:00 AM arrival back into Bellingham. That's why I have purchased a bus ticket to return to Seattle at 1:50 PM. If by some miracle the ferry does dock on time and I can get to the train station for their 8:30 departure for Seattle I will forfeit my $12.95 bus ticket and take the train back. Looking forward to meeting you. Anna
Barbara Eckart Sep 22, 2015 at 04:32 PM

Hi Anna unfortunately my plane does not arrive until 8:55 so I will not be able to take the train -- can you suggest a bus it looks like the Amtrac has a bus is that what you are taking on the return trip -- I want to make my reservations early. I am so looking forward to this trip and to meeting you -- takes for both of your emails -- sorry it took so long to get back to you but am so busy at work and home I hardly have time for reading all the mail. Thanks again for your input. Barbara

Maureen Wilson Sep 01, 2015 at 01:13 PM

I read "The Coastal Companion - A Guide for the Alaska-Bound Traveler", Alaska" by James A. Michener. I read "If You Live Here, I'd Know Your Name" by Heather Lende c. 2005. She writes about tiny Haines, Alaska, 90 miles north of Juneau, AK. There is no traffic light, no mail delivery, people can vanish without a trace, and funerals are community affairs. I also read "The Sea Runners" by Ivan Doig about four indentured servants who escaped their Russian Alaska work camp in a stolen canoe, only to face a harrowing journey down the Pacific Northwest coast. Although fictional it is based on an actual incident in 1853.

Maureen Wilson Aug 31, 2015 at 12:20 PM

There is no cell phone service on the ferry. To avoid Roaming Charges: Go into Settings; turn Airplane Mode on (must be green). Do this when you board the ferry in Bellingham and do not turn Airplane Mode off until you arrive in Ketchikan. And visa versa. There is cell phone coverage in some ports.
Elizabeth Dilauro Sep 01, 2015 at 11:44 AM

Thanks. What about a small radio?
Maureen Wilson Sep 01, 2015 at 12:55 PM

You will have a roommate in a very, very small cabin. Even if the radio did work (which I doubt) you need to think earphones.
Elizabeth Dilauro Sep 01, 2015 at 04:02 PM

Thanks again. I will bring my travel radio and good headphones. But I am also preparing myself for a more "off the grid"type vacation. Which sounds like fun. I do appreciate the heads-up.

Elizabeth Dilauro Aug 31, 2015 at 11:59 AM

Hi. I'm on the October 2 trip. Can anyone tell me if there is cell phone service on the ferry? Also radio signal, hopefully NPR? Thanks.

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