Inside Passage: Juneau to Haines

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 | 2 comments

Inside Passage: Juneau to Haines

At a very bright and very early 7 o’clock in the morning, I departed Juneau on the M/V Malaspina for the 92-mile, 4-hour sailing to Haines, my last stop on the Alaska Marine Highway System and Alaska’s Inside Passage. As usual, the sights were pretty amazing. But, since I had to wake up at 4:30, I admit I dozed off for about an hour about midway through the sailing.

I know I’ve said it before, but it is worth repeating; go see the Inside Passage! It seemed to get better and better as the passage narrowed, the mountains grew, the animals appeared, and the skies cleared. With decent food and alcohol options, observation decks, bathrooms, showers, cabins, and recliners, it was an extremely comfortable ride. I wasn’t on a luxurious cruise ship, but for the price, the ferries were a great alternative. The price is even better if you don’t drive your home on board.

Now that I’m back on the Alaska mainland, my journey to Southcentral Alaska continues by highway. But before I can get there, I have to get through Canadian Customs to drive through B.C. and the Yukon Territory. And then it’s a drive on the Top of the World Highway to get back into the United States.

Boarding M/V Malaspina
Boarding M/V Malaspina
View of M/V Fairweather
View of M/V Fairweather
M/V Fairweather fast ferry
M/V Fairweather fast ferry
Inside Passage
Inside Passage
Inside Passage
Inside Passage
Inside Passage
Inside Passage
Inside Passage
Inside Passage
Inside Passage
Inside Passage
Inside Passage
Inside Passage
Inside Passage
Inside Passage
Inside Passage
Inside Passage
Sea lions on Inside Passage
Sea lions on Inside Passage
Waiting to disembark
Waiting to disembark
Back on Alaska mainland
Back on Alaska mainland

2 Comments

  1. It’s funny, I just commented on the previous post before reading this one and I mentioned about how I’m considering doing the ferry instead of the cruise, and then I read your comparison above and I’m even more convinced.

    I still think I’ll wait a little bit because I want to bring my son but he’s too young to enjoy or remember any of this.

    Seeing your pictures just makes me want to go even more, I’ve sent the post link to my wife to convince her about maybe going there for our 10th year anniversary.

  2. officially green with envy.. beautiful!!! photos… 

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