The ferry is large ..Cruise ship large with facilities such as swimming pool ..restaurants ..bars..NO ..nothing only one grubby cafe open..

..All the facilities are CLOSED for the winter season The cabin is comfy and as we alway try to book a 4 berth at the same cost to get extra pillows and blankets off the extra bunks   We were ok with our tea and ginger biscuits ..brought from home … Lovely sunset on entering Palermo

 I suppose you are wondering as we are on a road trip why take a ferry the length of Italy

Firstly we have to be in Malta for John sailing event by 16th March

Secondly we love Sicily and need to spend more time here before heading to Malta

Thirdly the cost

Ferry €332                Fuel. €232 …1300km

Ferry from Italy to Sicily €90

Straits of Messina

4 days driving

2 campsites/sosta €30

Food en route €30

Perhaps a toll or two. €20

Total. €402

Author: "Travels with Harry Hymer"

Me and Him and Hetty like adventures ..We spend most of our summers sailing Now a little elderly for big boat racing and have turned to Radio Controlled Yachting competing nationally and even internationally ..I have travelled to many countries in my other life BJ (before John)lots of Indian backpacking trips. Panning gold in the Yukon..Pacific island hopping ..Far east and so on ..John won't go to India but I managed to get him to Morocco and Sri Lanka but didn't expect a Tsunami.

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