Goodbye long ferry waits, hello vehicle reservations (to the San Juan Islands)!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Washington State Ferries sails into 2015 by taking the hesitation out of your vacation plans to the San Juan Islands. It all starts Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. To help get you going, here are some of the top questions (and answers) about saving a spot for your car on a San Juan Islands ferry.




Why should I make a reservation? 

Have more time. Long ferry wait times at Anacortes and other San Juan Islands often cut into time spent soaking in the islands. Reserving a spot for your vehicle guarantees a space on the ferry, so you can have more time to do what you want, instead of waiting at the terminal. 




How do I make a reservation? 

Customers can book travel online or by phone.
You can book single reservations or sign up for an account for faster transactions

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Is there a fee to make a reservation? 

No. There is no fee to make a reservation; however there is a no-show fee (PDF 298kb) if you do not travel on your reserved sailing or any time within the same service day from the reserved departure terminal.


Can I change or cancel my reservation? 


Yes, you can cancel or change a vehicle reservation without penalty until 5 p.m. the day before your reserved sailing. One change is allowed after 5 p.m., but it has to be done three hours prior to sailing. 

Where in the San Juans can I go? 
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Westbound vehicle reservations are available from Anacortes to San Juan (Friday Harbor), Orcas, Shaw and Lopez islands. 

Eastbound reservations are available from San Juan (Friday Harbor) and Orcas islands to Anacortes.



Why are there no reservations from Lopez and Shaw? 

The ferry terminal car holding area is too narrow at both Lopez and Shaw islands to accommodate eastbound reservations. For now, we can only reserve eastbound vehicle space from San Juan (Friday Harbor) and Orcas islands. 

How far in advance can I make a reservation? 

Reservations are available for all sailings when the seasonal schedule is released, usually two months before the season begins. However, we don't release all of the available spaces at once. 

Here's how it works: 
  • 30 percent of reservable space is released 1-2 months before the sailing season begins (there are four sailing seasons: fall, winter, spring and summer).
  • 30 percent of reservable space is released two weeks before a sailing.
  • 30 percent of reservable space is released two days before a sailing.
Releasing reservations in three tiers provides equal access to reservation space for customers who plan far in advance and those who make travel plans closer to the sailing date. 

For more information about Save A Spot to the San Juan Islands, visit www.TakeAFerry.com, leave a comment below or email us at wsinfo@wsdot.wa.gov


Anchors Aweigh! 




Washington State Ferries - working hard to keep you moving

Friday, August 8, 2014


We've posted the latest WSF blog story on the WSDOT blog. You can view it by going here.

Our 22-vessel team works around the clock connecting communities and transporting goods day in and day out along our state marine highways. Learn all about what we’re doing at Washington State Ferries to keep our vessels and crew in ship-shape. View the full blog .








Join us on June 8 for a community celebration of the M/V Tokitae

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Washington State Ferries cordially invites you to attend a community celebration event in honor of our newest ferry, M/V Tokitae. The event is free of charge, ADA accessible and open to the public. 



You’re Invited!


M/V Tokitae Community Celebration and Open House


Noon until 2:30 p.m. 


Sunday June 8, 2014


Clinton Terminal (64 South Ferrydock Road Clinton, WA 98236)


Remarks from dignitaries


Tribal ceremony


Entertainment
 

Tours of the wheelhouse


Complimentary refreshments in the galley

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Please keep in mind that parking near the Mukilteo and Clinton terminals is limited. We suggest carpooling to the event. 
 
Heading to the event from Mukilteo?


Parking: You may park in the Mukilteo Lighthouse Park parking lot adjacent to the Mukilteo ferry terminal for free all day. 

Walk-on to the ferry for free: There will be no charge for walk-on passengers on the following departures from Mukilteo:
  •      11:30 a.m., 12 noon, 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m.
Guests who plan to drive on to the ferry must pay full fare.


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Getting to the event from Clinton

Parking: It’s free to park your car in the Clinton Park and Ride next to the Post Office on State Route 525. The celebration will be held at the Clinton Ferry Terminal, about a ten minute walk from the Park and Ride.


Shuttle to the Clinton terminal: Our friends at Whidbey-SeaTac Shuttle will provide free transportation between the Park and Ride and the Clinton terminal throughout the day. The first shuttle leaves the Park and Ride at 11:30 a.m.

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More than just a pretty ferry...

Did you know that Tokitae is also the name given to an orca captured from Penn Cove, Whidbey Island, in 1970? She was brought to a marine park in Miami 40 years ago, where she was put into service as an entertainer named “Lolita.” 
Tokitae today at the Miami Seaquarium.
 
Tokitae is the last survivor of the 45 Southern Resident Killer Whales taken from Washington State during the capture era of the 1960s and 70s. Such captures were later banned in Washington State waters in 1976.


You’ll have the opportunity to see magnificent photos and learn more about Tokitae and our resident wild orca population from local orca information groups at the community celebration. 


 
Need more info?

If you have a question about the Tokitae community celebration or would like more information, please feel free to drop me a line at Benderb@wsdot.wa.gov.


See you on June 8!