Traveling with your Pet
Bring the kids, grandkids, and the family dog! A family vacation just isn’t the
same without the whole family, so Alaska State ferries do allow pets on board
When traveling on the ferry your pet must remain on the car deck in your vehicle
for the entire sail.
If you are traveling on the ferry without a car
your pet must remain in a suitable pet carrier on the car deck during the
Pets are not allowed above the car
deck or in passenger cabins. Owners may visit their pets on the car deck only
while vessels are in port. Owners are also given the opportunity to attend to
pets several times per day during extended sailings. This is done through
the purser who will announce on board when the car deck will be open for
approximately 15 minutes. During rough weather, at the purser's discretion,
car deck calls can be cancelled due to safety issues with passengers on the
car deck. If this happens, no access to your pet is possible at that time.
Owners will have the
opportunity to disembark and walk their pets while vessels are in port.
Dogs, cats, and other household pets cost approximately $50 in or out of
Bellingham and $25 to or from Prince Rupert; pet travel between any of our other
ports is free.
There is no charge on any route for a certified service animal accompanying a
person with a disability. Service animals do require prior approval so that
shipboard staff can be properly notified.
Pets must have a health certificate with proof of current rabies vaccination
issued within 30 days of travel. This is required for pets entering the State of
Alaska and you will need to show the health certificate in Bellingham Washington
or Pr. Rupert BC prior to boarding.
The state of intended destination may impose additional requirements. Contact
the state veterinarian of the appropriate state(s) for further information. To
find out the requirements to bring an animal into Washington, please call:
Washington State Vet's Office in Dept of Agriculture: (360) 902-1878. For phone
numbers of other state veterinarian offices, go to the area offices page on the
USDA web site.
A certificate of health is not required for pets when traveling between Alaskan
ports. For travel by road through Canada, proof of a rabies vaccination within
the last three years is required, but passengers should check directly with
Canadian customs for additional information.
Service animals must have prior approval from the
Traffic Manager so that shipboard staff can be properly notified. Certain small
birds at risk of death due to car deck temperatures also must have prior
approval from the Traffic Manager to be allowed in passenger's cabin. A cash
only damage deposit is required.