Because of a national strike by ships crews based in Piraeus, there are changes to the Blue Star services through Symi for the next 6 days.
Friday morning’s Blue Star Patmos to Rhodes will be at 20:15 instead
Sunday’s additional Blue Star Patmos to Rhodes will be at 01:45 Monday instead
Friday evening’s sailing from Rhodes to Piraeus via Symi will leave Rhodes at 08:00 Saturday, calling at Symi (09:10 to 09:25)
The Dodekanisos Seaways and Sea Dream sailings are unaltered – their crews rarely if ever get involved in these strikes.
Now here’s some flight news that is quite unexpected.
Aegean has announced that they will be flying between Rhodes and Beirut on Tuesdays between 26 June and 4 September. Rhodes depart 15:40, Beirut arrive 17:00, Beirut depart 22:15, Rhodes arrive 23:40.
In the long gap between flights at Beirut, the plane and crew does a round trip to Mykonos and back. Aegean has planes and crews based in Rhodes for the summer, and indeed planes and crews overnight in Rhodes all year round.
There are no heavy plane maintenance facilities in Rhodes, so aircraft requiring more than basic servicing are swapped over using the Rhodes-Athens flights.
Next, here are the summer sailings for ferries calling at Symi. Note these are true ferries, you can buy one-way or period return tickets. There are also a couple of boats doing day excursions to Symi from Rhodes. You cannot use these to get to Symi and just throw away the return journey, whatever you might think, at least not if you have any baggage at all – the baggage is a dead give-away that someone is trying to beat the system.
If you try to book one-way sailings on the Panagia Skiadeni that are routed via Panormitis, you’ll find that the Dodekanisos Seaways website shows it is full. But it almost certainly isn’t. Ask the website for a one-way ticket to Panormitis, and it will happily sell you one. Then book a ticket from Panormitis to Symi, and this will come free of charge. You actually need two tickets, because you can get off at Panormitis and wander about of you want to, the ship stays there for over an hour.
For those who were hoping that the Sea Star would make a long heralded reappearance at Symi to sail to Tilos, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that the protracted overhaul seems to have been completed. The bad news is that two groups making up the syndicate that bought her from the liquidators have fallen out. Court proceedings are ongoing in Rhodes over alleged fraud and theft, with allegations of death threats too. Don’t expect any sailings this summer.
So here are the timetables:
1 May to 31 May
1 June to 3 September
4 September to 30 September
1 October to 31 October
Sorry that I’ve had to relocate this blog to a new web domain rather quickly. This follows the sad death of my much-loved friend Wendy Wilcox, the owner of the Symi Visitor Accommodation business, whose domain name the blog shared. Luckily or unluckily we had a blog database crash last September, so not much in the way of posted information has been lost this time. I have had to choose a new blog design, as the old one is no longer supported for new installations.
I’ll recreate all the ferry and flight information during the course of today, and then start with the general information postings during this week. Some new photos might appear soon too, as I expect to arrive on Symi next week.