Dodekanisos Seaways have now released their sailings for the period 1 to 12 November. This is when the great festival and religious pilgrimage to Panormitis Monastery happens each year. All three ferries operate an intensive service but quite often they call only at Panormitis rather than the usual Yialos. That’s the destination for most people, at this time after all. However if you do want to get to/from Yialos or Chorio,it mean using the bus,a taxi, or getting a lift to cross the island.
The timetable is complex and rather than try and list it, here’s a link to Dodekanisos Seaways website. When you use it, don’t put in the place names. If you do, you may not see all the sailings, since some use only Yialos (Symi) and others use only Panormitis. Very few use both.
We still don’t know what Blue Star will be doing after 31 October. This is due to the continuing absence of the Blue Star Patmos, still under repair outside Piraeus, which must be seriously complicating the winter timetable planning.
Those who remember the confusion last year about which ships could carry vehicles to and from Symi during the festival will at least be pleased that the Panagia Skiadeni is functioning as a passenger and vehicle ferry this time,and sailing at least daily to/from Rhodes.