Ferries to be restored to full service on July 29 | Update

  • Wed Aug 9th, 2017 9:15am
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Read an update on the ferries here.

After almost two weeks of reduced sailings, San Juan Island ferries will be back to normal this weekend.

According to the Ferry Advisory Committee for the Washington State Ferries, sailings will be restored to full service on Saturday, July 29. Reservations will be re-opened at 7 a.m., Thursday, July 27 so passengers can make reservations for Saturday and beyond.

Beginning Saturday, July 29, the Chelan will join the Anacortes/San Juan Islands/Sidney route as the international vessel. The Hyak, Samish, Elwha and Tillikum will serve the domestic sailings. This will restore the summer 2017 schedule and the route to full capacity.

On Friday, July 28, there will be an additional unscheduled sailing from Anacortes to Orcas Island at 8:50 p.m.

The four-boat alternate schedule will remain in place through Friday, July 28, and can be viewed at www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries. Customers with existing reservations will receive priority on a first-come, first-served basis and standby customers will be loaded as space is available.

WSF staff advises reservation holders to arrive at least 60-90 minutes prior to departure times, and standby customers are advised to arrive at least two hours prior. Reservation holders through July 28, who do not board the ferries, will not be charged a no-show fee and do not need to cancel reservations.

Usually, five ferries are used for summer sails from the San Juans to the mainland, but four have been used since Sunday, July 16, after the Yakima went out of service for “major repair,” according to WSF’s Ian Sterling.

The Kitsap, the only backup vessel for WSF’s 22 ferries, is also out.

According to WSF alerts, about 17 San Juan Islands sailings have incurred delays since July 23, some as long as an hour.

Make reservations for July 29 sailings and beyond at www.takeaferry.com or 206-464-6400.

Check the Journal for updates.