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Grandi Navi Genoa to Palermo: don't do it

Victoria, Malta
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Grandi Navi Genoa to Palermo: don't do it

For experiencing sheer hell travel the Grandi Navi ferry line from Genoa to Palermo. Dirty, expensive, rude, uncaring and noisy. Food is poor, cold and expensive - crew don't give a damn about helping you board and disembark your cars: a free for all getting on and off - Pullman sleeping (joke) area had three TVs in it that were turned off at 2:30AM but back on at 5:00AM - every other area in the lounges were covered in TVs blaring out Italian game shows and song(!) contests - if you are looking to recreate the look, feel and smell of Parisian public toilets of the early 70's then this trip is for you - save you sanity, health and money by driving down the Italian coast for a short hop across to Sicily

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1. Re: Grandi Navi Genoa to Palermo: don't do it

A ferry isn't a cruise ship!

And the drive is long and tedious with construction along the A3, so perhaps fly!

Short Med Cruise for 36 Euros:

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2. Re: Grandi Navi Genoa to Palermo: don't do it

Obviously not an enjoyable journey.

But maybe the advice should be to pay the extra for a cabin, rather than use the cheapest possible 'pullman seat' option.

As to whether these ferries are very expensive, remember the drive from Genoa to Palermo will cost approaching €150 in fuel and tolls, plus the cost of a hotel half-way as this is at least a seventeen hour direct drive without rest stops so cannot be completed in much under 20 hours.

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3. Re: Grandi Navi Genoa to Palermo: don't do it

This crossing serves its purpose, optimises time, saves the cost of a hotel, as well as a long and tedious drive.

But you are not alone in your assessment of this crossing!

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Vagabonda

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4. Re: Grandi Navi Genoa to Palermo: don't do it

€170 for a cabin is extortionate and you still have to endure high prices for poor quality food and service, noisy TVs in the public areas and complete lack of staff assisting in driving on and off. 21 hours of hell: great if you are masochist

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5. Re: Grandi Navi Genoa to Palermo: don't do it

Prices vary according to date, but are certainly very high for what is offered. I see why you chose the 'pullman seat'.

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6. Re: Grandi Navi Genoa to Palermo: don't do it

Prices are high for what was offered, but it is a long journey, and it does include board and transport.

Perhaps it's too long a journey on a ferry, or at least on this ferry!

Thanks for reporting GozoDave!

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7. Re: Grandi Navi Genoa to Palermo: don't do it

Driving from genoa to palermo wouldn't be less expensive and it's around 1000 kms. Are you sure you want to drive all that way?

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8. Re: Grandi Navi Genoa to Palermo: don't do it

Driving wouldn't be less expensive when considering the cost of petrol, tolls, and a hotel.

The distance is great, so fly.

Volotea flies direct from Genova to Palermo for significantly less.

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9. Re: Grandi Navi Genoa to Palermo: don't do it

We completed the journey a few days ago. We paid £350.00 for a return ticket for 2 people with a car and Pullman seats. Our decision was based on cost and time - the drive to Palermo is a long one and we would have stopped off for at least 1 overnight plus numerous service station breaks €€'s. Your are best to do as the locals do - at Genova there is a large Coop supermarket inside the commercial centre buy a cool box and stock up with foods for the trip. Then we only bought café on board. The Pullman seats are comfortable and the lounge was only 20% occupied - I guess other passengers were playing game shows, in the disco, cinema or in the bar. The TV's are on but this did not disturb us. Restaurants are busy and you need to book for the mega expensive restaurant or queue for hours for the self service restaurants - also expensive. As mentioned before we bought our own food on board and picnicked for the 21 hour journey. I am also pleased that we did not pay for a cabin - you are asked to vacate 2 hours before arrival in Palermo plus seating is limited around the boat - apart from the booked seats in the Pullman area. Toilets were fine - we saw staff cleaning regularly and interestingly no queues for loos!

Getting off the ferry - I agree it's a bit of a free for all and just about safe.

We did our research before booking, so we knew what to expect ref conditions. We felt that GrandNavi delivered. We have a return trip Palermo to Genova in one month time and will do the same - stock up before boarding ... coolbox is at the ready!

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10. Re: Grandi Navi Genoa to Palermo: don't do it

No problems, done the ferry twice from Palermo to Cittivecchia, Bit boring whilst waiting for the ferry at Palermo but much better than driving. Driving on & off the ferry is chaotic but manageable. Plenty of staff to guide you on & off. Both times had a cabin, take your own picnic, early to bed then you wake up in Cittivecchia, what more could you want.

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