Cabins are available in the Southeast System on the M/Vs Columbia,
Kennicott, Malaspina, Matanuska, and Taku, and in the Southwest system
on the M/V Tustumena. All cabins are sold by the trip and by the cabin
(not by the person). Most cabins feature private bathroom facilities.
Room service and daily housekeeping services of cabins for multiple
night stays are not available.
However, trash is collected daily, and fresh linens are available on request
from the Purser.
Passengers without cabins will find recliner chairs and spaces to roll out sleeping bags. T
he recliner lounges are popular sleeping areas, as are the solariums, covered areas on the upper deck of each vessel.
Some adventurous travelers even put up small tents on the upper decks. Pillows and blankets are available for
rent on most sailings from the Purser. All vessels
have public showers.
|Pictures from the M/V Kennicott
AMHS serves hot meals, snacks, and beverages on all vessels in cafeteria style.
The M/Vs Columbia
also have full-service dining rooms. Vending machines on all vessels make a variety of foods and
beverages available around the clock. The cafeteria menu may include Alaskan seafood, hot meals, salads,
sandwiches, yogurt, fruit, juices, and snacks.
In the Southeast system, alcoholic beverages are served on the
M/Vs Columbia, Kennicott,
Malaspina, Matanuska, and
Taku. Beer and wine service is available in the Southwest system on the
Alcohol may be consumed only in staterooms or cocktail lounges by persons 21 years of age or older,
and may not be consumed in public areas of the ship, including the solarium.
Alaska law is very specific about smoking in public facilities, including AMHS ferries. Smoking is
restricted to the outside decks and in posted areas only.
Passenger elevators are available on all vessels,
which has a stair-climber lift with a maximum weight restriction of 400 pounds.
Arrangements for using this lift must be made at the time of booking.
There are public access phones on some AMHS vessels, which require a phone card or credit card number.
Ship-to-shore radiotelephone service is available for emergency use only.
AMHS vessels do not have on board physicians. Any medical services consist of first aid only.
The Alaska Marine Highway System operates in waters rich in wildlife.
In the summer, experts from the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are often on
board to share information about marine animals, birds, plants, and other wildlife.
Many vessels have theater areas that show films of general interest and documentaries on Alaska and the outdoors.
Gift shops sell magazines, books, and Alaskan souvenirs. In addition, some vessels have card rooms, reading rooms,
small video game arcades, and/or toddler play areas.