The MV Kennicott is named after the Kennicott Glacier, located in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve. The glacier was named in 1899 for Robert Kennicott, pioneer Alaska explorer and director of the scientific corps of the Western Union Telegraph Expedition in 1865. The vessel was designed by Halter Marine and the Glosten Associates of Seattle, Washington. It was built in 1998 at the Halter Marine Group shipyard in Gulfport, Mississippi. At the time of construction it was the first large ocean-going vessel built in the US since 1952. The MV Kennicott can be transformed into a command center for emergency teams responding to an oil spill, something that was essential following the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster. It includes a helicopter landing pad, decontamination showers, additional communications, and a floating dock that's stored below deck. An elevator capable of loading and unloading vehicles without a ramp, regardless of tide levels, is used in communities where a dedicated ramp loading directly into the car deck is not available.
MV Kennicott is 382 feet long and 85 feet wide, with a domestic gross tonnage of 9,978 and a service speed of 16.75 knots. The MV Kennicott is designed to carry 499 passengers and has a vehicle capacity of 1,560 linear feet for operation in Southeast Alaska and 1,340 linear feet in Southwest Alaska, which is equal to approximately 67 to 78 twenty-foot vehicles. There are 48 four-berth and 58 two-berth cabins, as well as 3 wheelchair-accessible cabins. View our Vessel Information Table for more statistical information.
The spacious MV Kennicott onboard amenities include observation lounges with comfortable chairs, a covered heated solarium, a cafeteria-style restaurant, a movie lounge, showers, coin-operated lockers, writing and quiet lounges, and a child's play area. Fresh towels, pillows and blankets are available upon request for a small fee. Coin operated ice machines and microwaves are also available. Click on the image to start a slideshow of all deck plans on the MV Kennicott.
Cabin Types & Descriptions
Two Berth Roomettes & Cabins: The MV Kennicott is the only vessel with 2-berth roomettes as well as cabins. Roomettes do not offer facilities or linens whereas cabins offer sink areas and linens. Click here to see the layout of 2-berth roomettes and cabins on MV Kennicott.
Four Berth Cabins: The MV Kennicott is equipped with 4-berth cabins as well as at least one accessible 4-berth cabin. ADA cabins are modified to accommodate wheelchair access in the entire cabin space. Click here to to see the layouts of the 4-berth cabins on MV Kennicott.