One of the two passenger ferries that transports travelers out to the Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson will remain dry docked while it undergoes maintenance for an additional ten days returning to business on December 16th
Online PR News – 10-December-2009 – – One of the two passenger ferries that transports 100 people daily out to the Dry Tortugas will remain out of service and dry docked for an additional seven days this month as it undergoes its yearly maintenance. Originally scheduled to start running Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson trips by December 10th, technical complications with maintenance have postponed that return date until December 16th.
Most people who schedule trips during the first couple weeks of December were placed with the other Dry Tortugas ferry. Visitors who had trips scheduled for between December 9th and December 16th of this month should have already been contacted by either the ferry operators themselves or the Dry Tortugas Information Center. If you have a confirmed trip on the Fast Cat ferry for these two days but have not been contacted, you are encouraged to call the Dry Tortugas Information Center at 877-243-2378.
Both Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson ferries undergo yearly maintenance that takes anywhere from one to two weeks. Complications with the technical side of this year's maintenance have required the ferry's return to its normal dock to be delayed by two days.
"We still have the other ferry going so luckily we will be able to accommodate everyone who wants to head out," says Dry Tortugas Information reservations agent Jennie Clark. "It will probably sell out a day or two in advance but for now we still have spots open on that ferry."
The Dry Tortugas Information Center provides the two ferries year-round and only run one ferry very few times throughout the year. Christmas Day (December 25th) is another time of the year that only one ferry runs out to the Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson.
The Dry Tortugas day trips include breakfast, lunch, a guided tour of Fort Jefferson, and gear for a Key West snorkeling adventure. Visitors to Key West Florida who are interested in visiting the Dry Tortugas are encouraged to book their trip as early in advance as possible since both ferries do tend to sell out during Key West's high season from January through June. You can find more information at DryTortugasInfo.com.