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Address: Bellingham, WA

The "Blue Canoe" ferry sails from Bellingham, Washington through...

The "Blue Canoe" ferry sails from Bellingham, Washington through Alaska's scenic Inside Passage.

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A Beautiful Way to See Alaska!!

If you enjoy a "naturalistic" view of seeing things, then this is your ship. The staterooms are nice & comfy. You can even sleep under the stars with heat lamps. The food is... read more

Reviewed 10 February 2017
Bellingham, Washington, USA
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Bellingham, Washington, USA
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104 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017

If you enjoy a "naturalistic" view of seeing things, then this is your ship. The staterooms are nice & comfy. You can even sleep under the stars with heat lamps. The food is comforting. The only down side is you don't come into Alaska ports close to town & don't stay in port for very long.

1 Thank Martha1105
Vancouver, Washington
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52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016

I have sailed to Alaska from Bellingham,WA, and around Alaska many times on the Matanuska. The ship is always clean and the meals are well prepared. We've slept in a tent on the deck and also on lawn chairs. Rooms are also available for rent. Showers are available for passengers.

1 Thank Lorraine D
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44 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

Many shipping lines offer cruises through the Alaskan Inside passage. But the regular Alaskan Marine Highway ferries take you past the same scenery at bargain rates. We had the comparative luxury of a stateroom on the Malaspina but many passengers slept in their seats and some used sleeping bags under the roof of the aft deck, and some even pitched... More 

1 Thank Mel D
Fremont, California
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5,166 reviews
3,341 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,638 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2015

We liked seeing M/V Matanuska in port in Bellingham. The M/V Matanuska is a ferry vessel for the Alaska Marine Highway System. We saw the ferry again on our trip when we were cursing on the Norwegian Pearl Cruise Ship in the Alaskan Inland Passageway area.

1 Thank mini
Richland, Washington
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169 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2015

We rode twice on the Matanuska, from Juneau to Petersburg and then a few days later from Petersburg to Ketchikan. It was wonderful! We loved the front lounge area because the views were incredible and yet we really couldn't see much because of the weather but we felt like we were having a great experience anyway. We rented an inside... More 

1 Thank leawatkins
Craig, Alaska
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2015

Even though the ferry was running late due to weather conditions before we boarded, the captain managed to get us to our destination on time. We were able to find a quiet, low traffic place to put out our sleeping bags. We enjoyed the towels provided for a small fee and the free showers. The food in the galley was... More 

1 Thank Beverly R
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231 reviews
97 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2014

Two of us took this ferry from Skagway to Juneau. We had a vehicle and purchased a cabin. Took a long time to load vehicles at our stop in Haines. The groups of four seats in the observation lounge are awkwardly placed for watching the scenery and seem more designed for yakking. (Seating on the Malaspina is better). Most of... More 

1 Thank mailstop
Seattle, Washington
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39 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2014

Taking the AMHS into Southeast Alaska is a dream come true. One time and you will want to be a repeat customer! Love the Matanuska!

1 Thank luv2travel102014
Boise, Idaho
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316 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2014 via mobile

This is out third trip on The Mat. We love the AMH , and all the ships are great, but The Mat is our favorite. The rooms ate cozy , the food is fresh and hot, the staff and crew are extremely nice and professional, and the views of the inside passage can't be beat. If you ever get the... More 

2 Thank ChefJohnS
Queanbeyan, Australia
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2013

Great staff, a comfy cabin on a sparsely accommodated boat in winter. Great way to meet the locals, virtually no tourists on board at all. I just love Alaska, and watching the scenery go past on the boat is awesome. Food pretty good and surprisingly cheap on board. Love it!

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