Thursday, August 24, 2017

Hawks, Sounders fans should plan ahead for ferry travel

By Justin Fujioka

If you're planning to catch the ferry between Bremerton and Seattle on Friday to cheer on the Hawks at CenturyLink Field, you may want to use alternate routes or make it a full-day celebration if you can!

With the Kaleetan running on half power and reduced speed due to maintenance issues, our 12:20 p.m. departure from Bremerton and 1:30 p.m. from Seattle will be canceled again to make sure we start the afternoon commute with an on-time schedule.
Because the Kaleetan is running on half power, riders should plan ahead for longer trips until the boat can be repaired.

As a result, we are anticipating a large amount of walk-on passengers on the 1:45 p.m. Bremerton departure on the Chimacum. The 3 p.m. sailing may also be packed with 12s, who will be cutting it close if they hope to see kickoff at 5 p.m.

Alternate routes
Seahawks fans in Kitsap County have the following options if they want a good shot at getting to the game on time:
  • Depart Bremerton on our 11:10 a.m. sailing (or earlier).
  • Depart Bainbridge Island on our 2:55 p.m. sailing (or earlier).
  • Depart Bremerton on Kitsap Transit Fast Ferry 3:25 p.m. sailing (walk-on only).

Fans headed to the Seahawks or Sounders games on a ferry this weekend
should plan ahead and take earlier sailings if possible.

Returning to Bremerton
Because of Kaleetan's slower speed, all of its evening departures are delayed. Our 9:05 p.m. Seattle departure has been running about 40-50 minutes late this week. The Chimicum is scheduled to leave Seattle at 10:30 p.m. Friday and 12:50 a.m. Saturday. Fans also have the option of taking a ferry to Bainbridge Island. Our last departure is scheduled for 1:35 a.m.

Sounders Sunday
Don't even consider the 5:30 p.m. Bremerton to Seattle sailing on the Kaleetan Sunday if you want to make it to the 7 p.m. Sounders match on time. On reduced power, that departure will be delayed and arrival may not be until after kickoff.

When will the Kaleetan be repaired?
We currently do not have a spare vessel to replace the Kaleetan on the Seattle/Bremerton route. Plan for this modified schedule to continue until another boat can be brought in so the Kaleetan can be repaired.

Follow our ferries Twitter account, travel alert bulletins and Vessel Watch for real-time updates. Customers can also sign up for email or text updates.