In celebration of the Alaska Marine Highway’s first Alaska Class ferry revenue voyage, the ferry system will hold an open house in Juneau on the new Alaska Class Ferry, the M/V Tazlina.
The event is planned for the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal on Sunday, May 5, from 3-5 pm. The vessel will be open to the public and will remain docked.
The Tazlina is named after the Tazlina Glacier located 43 miles north of Valdez. It was designed by Elliott Bay Design Group of Seattle, and constructed at Vigor Shipyard in Ketchikan. The Tazlina is the first Alaska Marine Highway ferry built in Alaska, along with its sister ship the M/V Hubbard.
Christened in Ketchikan on Aug. 11, it’s scheduled to begin service May 7, operating as a day boat in Lynn Canal between the communities of Juneau, Haines, and Skagway.
The Tazlina is 280 feet long, seats up to 300 passengers, and carries 53 standard vehicles. Amenities include observation lounges with comfortable chairs, a covered heated solarium, a cafeteria-style restaurant, a children’s play area, and a quiet room.