Thursday, 24 November 2016
Ferry Fun ...
The Hellenic Seaways ferries and the 'Cosmote' sponsored flying cats 5/6, are tucked up in Piraeus, for the worst of the winter ...
Perhaps they have seen the weather forecast ...
Latest news, is that the Skiathos Express will start running on 14th February, after a new coat of paint and the annual engine overhaul. Check for updates on their web site https://hellenicseaways.gr/en/
Over the last few years, they seem to lay their boats up in Piraeus, rather than run them at a loss, during the winter. However the Sporades boats (Appolon Hellas - Poseidon and the Express Skiathos) are due to be handed over to a new company 'Two way ferries.
Both flying cats were withdrawn on 31/10. This means the islands rely solely on the flying Dolphin, for urgent passage to the mainland. Problem being the Dolphin cannot operate in bad weather, whereas the more expensive Flying cat could operate in conditions, up to force 8 beaufort.
Seems the islands have been disconnected, and we know how hard it is to get a phone engineer ...
Flying Dolphin Erato is offering reduced prices for island travelers
VOLOS - SKIATHOS 25.00 / SKIATHOS - VOLOS 25.00
VOLOS - SKOPELOS 30.00 / SKOPELOS - VOLOS 30.00
VOLOS ALONNISOS 30.00 / ALONNISOS - VOLOS 30.00
The flying Dolphin Erato will oparste from Alonissos to Volos return daily. Sunday to Friday, the Erato will be sailing from the port of Volos at 14.00, Tuesday at 17.00 and Sunday at 15.00, while on Saturdays will not be any service.
ANES Ferry Proteus
According to the 'new timetable' the "Proteus" will be sailing from the port of Volos every Monday at 8 am, Tuesday at 11 am, Wednesday at 16.30, Thursday at 11.30 am on Friday 8:00 a.m., Saturday at 13:30 and Sunday runs the Sporades itinerary - Mantoudi Evia, back and ending in Volos.
a shuttle service will be performed on Monday December 26 and January 2, 2017 on the itinerary Sporades - Mantoudi Evia, while Christmas Day, New Year and Epiphany, there will not be any sailings
Restricted 'week ahead' advance timetables available here
A new ferry service the AQUA JEWEL run by Alpha ferries is due to start service in mid February,
I am advised, the E Booking system will be open after the Christmas holiday.
First sailing expected to be on 15th February ...