From November 30th to December 9th, only one of the two Dry Tortugas ferries will be running due to yearly maintenance
Online PR News – 10-November-2009 – – As part of its yearly maintenance, one of the two Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson ferries will not be running for ten days from November 30th through December 9th, leaving the other ferry as the sole provider of transportation to and from the Dry Tortugas National Park.
While the maintenance is purposefully planned during Key West's low season, the Dry Tortugas Information Center expects the one ferry that will be running during this time period to fill up and possibly sell out on most of these dates. Each ferry typically transports a maximum of 100 passengers for a combine maximum of 200 visitors to the national park each day. From November 30th through December 9th, only a maximum of 100 visitors and six campers will be able to visit the Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson.
While the two ferries provide basically the exact same trip out to the Dry Tortugas National Park, the ferries themselves are different. The one ferry that will be undergoing maintenance during this time period is the smaller and less expensive of the two. The other ferry is the larger and more luxurious of the two, featuring a bar and galley on board and space for up to 250 people (despite the fact that only 100 can actually go to the Dry Tortugas per day).
"This shouldn't be too big of a deal for people wanting to go see the Dry Tortugas or Fort Jefferson or to do a Key West snorkeling trip out there," says Sarah Bjornsen of the Dry Tortugas Information Center. "If you really want to go from November 30th to December 9th it is, of course, advised to book your reservation as early in advance as possible."
The Dry Tortugas National Park is located 68 miles west of Key West Florida and features an assortment of small, isolated islands including Garden Key where the historic brick fort, Fort Jefferson, is located. Visitors to Key West and the Dry Tortugas say there is no Key West snorkeling trip quite like the one out to the Dry Tortugas. People coming to Key West in the next few months and interested in seeing what the Dry Tortugas are all about are encouraged to visit DryTortugasInfo.com for more information on the national park and information on how to plan a trip to the islands.