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We're considering taking the Cross-Sound Ferry (with our car) on Thursday, August 2, rather than driving on I95 to New London. Because our flight's arrival at JFK might be late, and because north-bound traffic on Long Island is uncertain, I wonder if there are usually spaces on evening ferries (say, departing at 8:00 p.m. or after) for travelers without reservations.

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    Eastbound traffic on Long Island is also likely to be heavy at that hour. – phoog May 8 '18 at 17:47
  • @phoog - I agree. Google Maps set up for that time shows lots of red. – David May 8 '18 at 22:15
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    I won't post as an answer b/c I don't have any official documentation to show for it, but in my experience: Cross Sound Ferry is particularly flexible with ticketing. If you're running late, you'll likely be able to call ahead and change your reservation. If you arrive at the terminal early, you'll be able to "stand by" for spots freed up by no-shows. (Neither of these methods is guaranteed.) – esqew May 19 '18 at 0:56
  • It's also worth noting that there are scheduled departures at 8, 9, and 9:30 that evening; and currently (around noon on a weekday in July) there are still 42 spots available on tonight's 8 PM ferry. – Michael Seifert Jul 18 '18 at 15:24
  • Thanks, @Michael. We decided that the uncertainty of our arrival time at Orient Point, possibility of few vacancies, and having to get to Waterford CT (just west of New London) by 9:00 p.m. made the ferry just too stressful. We like boats, but we're going to slog up I-95. – David Jul 18 '18 at 15:57
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I wonder if there are usually spaces on evening ferries ... for travelers without reservations.

It seems that the chances are reasonably good. It would be prudent to have a backup plan though.

esqew commented

I won't post as an answer b/c I don't have any official documentation to show for it, but in my experience: Cross Sound Ferry is particularly flexible with ticketing. If you're running late, you'll likely be able to call ahead and change your reservation. If you arrive at the terminal early, you'll be able to "stand by" for spots freed up by no-shows. (Neither of these methods is guaranteed.)

Michael Seifert commented

It's also worth noting that there are scheduled departures at 8, 9, and 9:30 that evening; and currently (around noon on a weekday in July) there are still 42 spots available on tonight's 8 PM ferry.


Footnote:

I'm posting this as an answer mainly because the question asker decided on a course of action and this question doesn't really belong on the unanswered list. It has been "unanswered" a few months and got no answers other than the material in the comments.

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