Washington State Ferries urges customers traveling over Memorial Day weekend in the San Juan Islands to plan for less room aboard the ferry that provides inter-island service.
Several vessels were shuffled after the 124-car Chelan, which serves the Anacortes to Sydney, B.C., route, recently sprung an oil leak. It was pulled from the route for repair and to participate Tuesday in an emergency drill with the U.S. Coast Guard. The 87-car Evergreen State, which usually sails between the islands, also was pulled to participate in Tuesday’s evacuation exercise.
“The 144-car Elwha, currently serving the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route, will fill in for the Chelan. The 144-car Kaleetan will provide domestic service in place of the Elwha. The 34-car Hiyu will replace the Evergreen State on the San Juans inter-island route. Travelers should expect a significant vehicle-capacity reduction on the inter-island sailings and are advised to arrive early and allow extra time while the Hiyu serves the inter-island route.”
“The Sealth will serve the Seattle/Bremerton route, allowing the larger Kaleetan to carry the heavy recreational traffic in the San Juans during the holiday weekend. The Sealth will be paired with the 188-car Walla Walla, maintaining overall capacity on the Bremerton route.”
The best advice: Avoid traveling during peak hours!
Coldwell Banker Island Living wants everyone to have a safe and fun Memorial day Weekend!