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“Symi” ferry confusion and breakdown continues.

"Symi" on a day when she was in working order. The Nikolaos X is making a rare visit to the South side of the harbour.

Sea Dreams have now issued another new timetable which says that the Symi ferry is out of service until 23 June 18 June, along with a reprint of the “normal” timetable which says it starts on 23 June18 June. So is it running on 18 June 23 June or not? The booking system suggests it is not.

And the reprinted bit hasn’t corrected any of the mistakes. So a ferry leaves Rhodes at 19:00 on a Saturday night, arrives at Symi at 21:00 and stays over night. Mysteriously we find it next at Rhodes on Sunday morning. On a Monday morning a sailing departs Symi at 06:30 for Rhodes, but on Sundays the sailings finish up at Rhodes overnight. So my advice remains – make no arrangements involving travelling on the “Symi” until she returns to service, and the errors in the timetable are sorted out. You can’t book anything but the regular Rhodes-Symi-Panormitis-Rhodes sailings anyway, though these (from 19 June onwards) are bookable as day return, one way, or open return.

UPDATE 10/6/17 – the return to service date is now 24 June, according to their online booking system.


  • By Ewan, June 13, 2017 @ 4:38 pm

    Hi Andy,

    I’m visiting Symi next week, via Rhodes. Haven’t been before + am working out ferry/boat options.

    For ferries, I can only find Dodekanisos and Blue Star; are there other boat options you know of? (Perhaps similar to the Sea Dreams boat you describe here: seems it won’t be repaired in time for me!)

    Any knowledge much appreciated. Thanks, Ewan

  • By AndysPosting, June 16, 2017 @ 6:15 am

    There are only three companies with licences to operate ferries between Rhodes and Symi and back, and you’ve already found all of them. The loss of the Sea Dreams sailing isn’t too serious for you as its timings are pretty much duplicated by Dodekanisos Seaways.

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