The MV Taku is named after the Taku Glacier, located in Southeast Alaska and named by the Tlingit Natives. It is the deepest and thickest glacier known in the world and is the only advancing glacier in the Juneau Icefield. The vessel was designed by Phillip F. Spaulding and Associates of Seattle, Washington and constructed at the Puget Sound Bridge & Dry Dock in Seattle in 1963. The MV Taku was one of three sister ships that made up the original AMHS fleet, but unlike the other two, this vessel was not lengthened after construction.
MV Taku is 352 feet long and 74 feet wide, with a domestic gross tonnage of 2,625 and a service speed of 16.5 knots. The MV Taku is designed to carry 350 passengers and has a vehicle capacity of 1,000 linear feet, which is equal to approximately 50 twenty-foot vehicles. There are 6 four-berth and 32 two-berth cabins, as well as 2 wheelchair-accessible cabins. View our Vessel Information Table for more statistical information.
The MV Taku 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 Taku.
Cabin Types & Descriptions
Two Berth Cabins: The MV Taku is equipped with 2-berth cabins as well as at least one 2-berth accessible cabin. ADA cabins are modified to accommodate wheelchair access in the entire cabin space. Click here to to see the layouts of the 2-berth cabins on MV Taku.
Four Berth Cabins: The MV Taku is equipped with 4-berth cabins that come with windows and full facilities. Click here to to see the layouts of the 4-berth cabins on MV Taku.