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Mid-June ferry update

The exciting news is that Blue Star will start calling at Symi three days a week from June 25th to September 4th. The change is accompanied by another ship swap, the Blue Star Paros will serve Symi during this period. Fans of the Blue Star Patmos needn’t worry, she’ll be back in September, but then the timetable returns to twice weekly through Symi.

The extra sailing will be from Piraeus on a Sunday morning at 8am, calling at Paros, Naxos, Astypalea, Kalymnos, Kos, Nissyros and Tilos and reaching Symi at 01:40 Monday morning, finally reaching Rhodes at 03:05 and continuing to Kastellorizo.

In the other direction she leaves Rhodes at 16:00 Monday, calling at Symi 20:40, then Tilos, Nissyros, Kos, Kalymnos, Astypalea, and Piraeus 10:20 Tuesday. The sailing starts at Kastellorizo, and does not stop at Naxos or Paros in this direction. Instead, on three dates, the Friday evening sailing from Symi will call at these two islands (18th and 25th August, 1st September).

Other ferry situations remain confused, as the “Symi” is still not in service. Friday looks like the earliest she will be seen on her namesake island again. Sea Dreams published timetable is still unworkable as printed, with no sign of any correction. Evening services from Rhodes are not bookable at all, though the 19:00 Sunday Rhodes to Symi appears in online timetables as operating on 25 June only, returning immediately to Rhodes, leaving Symi at 21:15. No sign yet that it will sail in July, though we hope it will.

The promised Datca-Symi daily service by Phoenix Marine/Dodecanese Flying Dolphins  is conspicuous by its absence, just like the previous two years when it was promised to begin from 1 June and didn’t. Whether it will ever start is debatable, it no longer even appears on their website.

The suggestion that the Symi II might reappear locally is wrong for this year as she has now completed her annual overhaul and entered service in the Sporades, and the Sea Star continues to be out of the water at the Spanopoulos shipyard, Salamina receiving a protracted overhaul.

Updated combined Symi to Rhodes and Kos timetable for summer

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