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|Forward Observation Lounge
Food Court on Kennicott
The Kennicott's amenities include
a food court; solarium; forward and aft observation lounges, a movie
theatre and business lounges.
M/V Kennicott Service Area:
Bellingham WA, Ketchikan, Juneau, Yakutat, Whittier, Kodiak, Homer &
The Kennicott is a mainline ferry vessel
constructed in 1998 by the Halter Marine Group in Gulfport,
Mississippi. The M/V Kennicott is an ocean certified vessel and also
is able to serve as a command and logistics vessel in the event of
disaster or oil spill. This is the only vessel in the fleet that
travels bi-monthly during the summer months across the Gulf of
Alaska ("Cross-Gulf") beginning in Bellingham and concluding in
Homer on the Kenai Peninsula.
Solarium Deck is where you will find lounge chairs and
sleeping is permitted. Through the far doors at the end is where the
small deck where pup tents are permitted.
Lockers are located in
this area also.
|The M/V KENNICOTT is 382 feet
long, 85 feet wide, with nine decks. She is driven by two 6,690 HP
Wartsilla 32E diesel engines, and has a service speed of 16.75
knots. The vessel is ocean certified and is also designed to serve
as a command and logistics center during an oil spill or other
natural disaster. The ship has a capacity for 748 passengers,
provides 320 berthing accommodations, and has space for 120 standard
automobiles. The observation lounges and the enclosed, heated
solarium give excellent vantage points from which to enjoy Alaska's
scenic splendor throughout her voyage.
- 4-Berth Cabins - Are the only cabins with a private
shower and toilet. Linens are provided
- 2-Berth Cabins - Have a sink, with a public toilet
and shower down the hall. Linens are provided.
- 2-Berth Roomettes - Are small compartments and
linens may be rented or you may bring your own.
(Roomettes are exclusive to the Kennicott)
Year Built: 1998
Length (ft.): 382
Passenger Capacity: 499
Staterooms- 2 berth: 56
ADA Staterooms- 4b:
ADA Staterooms- 2b: 2
Total Staterooms: 109
Vehicle Quantity: 80
NAMING OF THE VESSEL
The Kennicot was named by a
6th grade student from Glennallen Elementary on January 13. 1997. She
wrote that the, "Kennicott is a great name because it is well-known and
it isn't an obscure glacier that tourists can't see and have never heard
Kennicott Glacier, the
vessel's namesake, lies on the south side of the Wrangell Mountains in
the country's largest national park, Wrangell-St Elias National Park and
Preserve encompassing over 13 million acres. This park is the
convergence of the Chugach, Wrangell, and St. Elias mounatin ranges and
is often referred to as the "mountain kingdon of North America." The
Kennicot Glacier received it's name from an early explorer of the area,
August 12, 2013
"Of course the best thing
about the ride from Juneau to Bellingham is the views -- we saw
Humpbacks, Seals, Porpoises, Orcas, Bald Eagles, Ice capped mountains,
and stunning landscapes. But the staff on the ship also helped to make
the trip great -- they are super friendly and helpful. Food in the
cafeteria was decent, not nearly as bad as I had been led to believe.
And it was not as expensive as I was led to believe either. An omelet
was about $9, fish & chips was about $10, salads started at $5. The cafe
had just enough options for us not to get bored on the 3 day trip."
August 16, 2012