It’s OFFICIAL The Catalina Flyer will not run to Catalina Island/Avalon again until March 1, 2019
Also, for the first time ever, they will not have any Christmas Boat Parade cruises this year either (December 19th-23rd)
The boat, which broke down on October 9th, normally runs into December 2nd, but the company had Harbor Deisel pull out their gear box and ship it to specialists in Washington State (the only place outside of Lousiana and Florida who can fix this particular problem in the US), however, the parts to actually repair it are in Germany– and they are having a hard time obtaining said parts, for a variety of reasons.
In the meantime, if you need to get to Catalina, you can always use:
1) San Pedro & Long Beach ($73.50 round-trip), and Dana Point ($75.50 round trip): https://www.catalinaexpress.com/schedule-fares.html
2) Helicopter rides are available from Long Beach ($135 one-way) here: https://www.catalinatours.com/tour/long-beach-helicopter/
and from San Pedro ($150 one-way), here: https://www.catalinatours.com/tour/island-express-helicopters-san-pedro/
Catalina is a great island to site-see, hike, scuba, fish, boat, and of course, to get your “free” WikiWacker Hat.