We took the fast ferry. The Fairweather. The knock on this among the locals is that it doesn't live up to the hopes and dreams of the builder. It can't take the high seas and therefore is no better than the slow ferry and in fact is worse as it leaves them stranded.
We had seas of glass so that's too darn bad. For them! Saw Orcas with young, porpoises, otters and views of such beauty that we are fans for life and beyond!
Let's see... For 800.00 we can take a tour in Spring without guaranteed whale sighting and rare Orca spots, or take the 100.00 ferry and see everything. Hmmmm...
We rode there and back. Choice between Sitka there and back in a day with an hour in port (four hour city) or Haines there and back in a day with three hours in port (two hour city). We should have done them both or spent the night in Sitka.
Incredible and if I do it again, I will go further, slower, faster, overnight, and more!