The MV Columbia is named after the Columbia Glacier, a glacier in Prince William Sound. The vessel was designed by Phillip F. Spaulding and Associates of Seattle, Washington and constructed at Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company in 1973. At the time, MV Columbia held the distinction of being the largest ferry to be built in Puget Sound at a cost of $20 million. MV Columbia is the largest vessel of the fleet, and until 2004 was also the fastest. The vessel is 418 feet long and 85 feet wide, with a domestic gross tonnage of 3,946 and a service speed of 17.3 knots.
The MV Columbia is designed to carry 499 passengers and has a vehicle capacity of 2,660 linear feet, which is equal to approximately 133 twenty-foot vehicles. There are 45 four-berth and 56 two-berth cabins, as well as 3 wheelchair-accessible cabins. The MV Columbia is one of only two AMHS vessels with a dining room. Other amenities include observation lounges, a covered heated solarium, a cafeteria-style restaurant, a movie lounge, showers, coin-operated laundry and lockers. Click on the image to start a slideshow of all deck plans on the MV Columbia or view our Vessel Information Table for more statistical information.