The ferry pulls into South Dock, which is the north end ferry terminal. Photo: C. Leinbach

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MANNS HARBOR – To save operating costs on traditionally low traffic days, the North Carolina Ferry System will operate the Hatteras-Ocracoke route on a reduced schedule over the Christmas holiday.

The holiday schedules for the Hatteras-Ocracoke route will be as follows:

Dec. 24:
From Hatteras: 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and midnight.
From Ocracoke: 4:30 a.m., 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Dec. 25:
From Hatteras: 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and midnight.
From Ocracoke: 4:30 a.m., 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

The Minnesott Beach-Cherry Branch route also will have a reduced schedule.

All other North Carolina ferry routes will run their regular schedules over the Christmas holidays.

Passengers are reminded that they are required to follow all of the state’s COVID-19 precautions when traveling on a North Carolina ferry, including wearing face coverings and practicing social distancing when outside their vehicles.