My husband and I recently rode the ferry Tustumena from Homer to Dutch Harbor, a trip we’ve always wanted to take. The MV Tustumena, nicknamed “the Trusty Tusty,” is one of the oldest ferries in the Alaska Marine Highway system, originally built in 1964 and added to in 1969. For more info on the ferry system, check out http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/index.shtml.
It holds up to 160 passengers and about 34 vehicles on its car deck. At a service speed of 13.3 knots, it takes about 4 days to get from Homer to Dutch Harbor, stopping at Kodiak, Chignik, Sand Point, King Cove, Cold Bay, False Pass, and Akutan along the way.
We had lots of scenic views, interesting stops, and great companions on our journey across part of the Gulf of Alaska and down the Aleutian chain.
It was a pretty comfortable ride, and I never got tired of looking out the window or off the deck.
I recommend the Tusty to anyone who wants to explore Alaska. And I’ll tell you about our destination, Dutch Harbor, in a future post!