ADDITIONAL DEPARTURES ADDED TO CEDAR ISLAND-OCRACOKE SCHEDULE TO HELP MEET DEMAND
Thursday, September 15, 2011
MANNS HARBOR — The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division has been overwhelmed with reservations for visitors wishing to visit Ocracoke, as well as Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village through Ocracoke.
To help meet the demand, the division has added an additional departure from Cedar Island for Friday and Saturday only until NC 12 is repaired. The new departure times of 11 p.m. from Cedar Island and 1 a.m. from Ocracoke will begin Saturday, Sept. 17.
The Cedar Island-Ocracoke schedule currently is:
• Departing Cedar Island at 7 a.m., 10, 1 p.m., 3:30 and 6; and
• Departing Ocracoke at 7:30 a.m., 10, 1 p.m., 3:30 and 8:30.
Beginning Sept. 17 until NC 12 is repaired, the schedule on Friday and Saturday will be:
• Departing Cedar Island at 7 a.m., 10, 1 p.m., 3:30, 6 and 11; and
• Departing Ocracoke at 7:30 a.m., 10, 1 p.m., 3:30, 8:30 and 1:30 a.m.
The Swan Quarter-Ocracoke schedule remains as follows:
• Departing Swan Quarter at 7 a.m., 10, 12:30 p.m., 4:30 and 7; and
• Departing Ocracoke at 6:30 a.m., 9:30, 12:45 p.m., 4 and 10.
Visitors are reminded that there are only four Sound Class vessels that can make the crossing from Cedar Island to Ocracoke and Swan Quarter to Ocracoke. These ferries can carry approximately 50 cars each. People are also reminded that it takes 2.5 hours to cross the Pamlico Sound from Swan Quarter and 2.25 hours to cross from Cedar Island.
Reservations for these additional weekend runs will not be available online but can be made by calling 800-293-3779 (BY-FERRY) and pressing 2. The reservations center is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily. Reservations for all other departures to Ocracoke can be made at www.ncferry.org.
Ferry schedule information is available by calling 800-293-3779 (BY-FERRY) and pressing 1, or via Twitter at www.twitter.com/ncdot_ferry.