Which tool is right for you? We have recently discontinued the production of our printed vessel schedule. In response to this decision, there have been a variety of tools created and made available online to help navigate to the information that each passenger desires. The information below is provided to help describe and ultimately teach how to best take advantage of these tools.Start by answering the question of what information you desire and how you would like to see it presented. Once you know what you want to search, then you will be able to decice which tool is best for you.
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The Sailing Calendar is designed to give you vessel and schedule information by month, port or vessel. This is an ideal tool to identify a vessel and when it is traveling to / from a given port. After making the appropriate selections from the drop down menus, the resulting information provides a time, an abbreviated vessel name, whether the vessel is arriving / departing and where it is arriving / departing to / from. This information is abbreviated and a key has been provided in the top left hand corner of the calendar to help define the information. If your search requires you to look deeper into a vessel's details, you are able to click on the information provided and the full sailing itinerary for that vessel's voyage will open.
The Schedule Grid is a tool that closely resembles the previously printed format. It is broken out by region and ports may appear on more than one grid due to service from more than one line. The routes that have more consistent port arrival / departure times from week to week are shown in days of the week through spans of time. Routes that are affected by tides and have variable arrival / departure times are presented in their entirety month by month. To use this tool.... (insert information once you have access to the tool).
PDF Schedule Grid
The PDF Schedule Grids are similar to the Schedule Grid with slight variations to the way the material is presented. This tool allows you to quickly print a month or entire season for a region. The PDF's are broken out by region and ports may appear on more than one grid due to service from more than one line. Begin by selecting a region, click on the link to download the PDF and then navigate to the appropriate month. Once open, you will see the ports of the region across the top of the grid and abbreviated vessel names along the left hand side. By reading from top to bottom, you will discover the dates and times of arrival by port. By reading left to right, you will discover the stops on a given voyage of a vessel, in the order of arrival to each port.
Schedule Quick Search
The schedule search is a great choice if you are not sure what vessel or sailing applies to your intended travel plans. Understanding the regions that vessels operate in will help you use this tool.The Route Guide page on our website is available and can be used for this purpose. Next, you will need to know what ports you want to travel between and an approximate date of travel. After entering your search criteria, the system will return sailings relative to your desired travel date. Once the information populates, you can select one of the sailings to calculate costs prior to beginning a reservation. This tool does not allow you to begin a reservation by just selecting a departure date and time. However, there is a quick link provided with the search results to begin a reservation.
Other Helpful Planning Tools
Routes Guide: The route guide is a great tool to help familiarize yourself with the ports in a region. On this page you will find information on running times between ports as well as all the port communities.
Vessel Tracking: The Vessel Tracking system allows you to get a real time view of vessels and their location. If you have explored the Vessel Profiles and would like to sail on one in particular, the vessel tracking can give you an idea of the region it operates within.
Schedule Updates: The Schedules can be changed for a variety of reasons and to facilitate in the communication of this, the updates page contains schedule change information.
Sample Itineraries: We have put together some ideas for taking advantage of existing ferry routes. Complete with activity suggestions, this pages helps take the thinking out of planning.
Start a Reservation: If you are ready to book your ferry travel, simply begin a reservation and the sailing options will be presented the same as if using the Schedule Quick Search tool.
The sailing calendar is a helpful tool for understanding the flow of vessels that sail in and out of port communities. It also provides for a quick reference to full voyage information.
Reading the Schedule Grid
The Schedule Grid is the tool that most resembles the printed schedule format. It reflects schedule information by region and is color coded by vessel.
Reading the PDF Schedule Grid
The PDF Schedule Grid allows for a quick and easy printable version of the schedule gcolor coded and the key helps to identify the different pieces of information each grid displays.