When Dodekanisos Seaways published their summer timetable at the beginning of the month, they said it was a draft version, and that bookings would open on 20 February.
Well, it is now 22 February, and bookings aren’t open, suggesting that changes are being considered. Certainly many visitors, to and residents of Symi would dearly like the evening Rhodes-Symi sailings to be reinstated. I’ve no inside information, but there has certainly been lobbying from Symi. The other constraint is gaining approval from the Ministry and the local Port Police/Coastguard. Part of the objective here is to avoid two ferries trying to use the same berth at the same time – for example on a summer Wednesday afternoon the Panagia Skiadeni has to leave Symi at 16:00 instead of 16:30 which is the time on the other six days of the week. This is because the Blue Star ship to Piraeus needs to use the same space from 16:15 to 16:30. Maybe for 2018 the new quay area will be utilised and the timetable can be standardised.
On the subject of Blue Star, although we still don’t have a timetable from the end of June to the beginning of September, it looks like there will be a ship – rearrangements on other routes have freed up the Blue Star Paros for this period. She’s no stranger to Symi of course, having run the service very successfully last summer, known for the jaunty little tune played over her PA system as she entered Yialos. So look for the 2017 Blue Star peak season timetable to be identical to the 2016 one.