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Posted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 3:49 pm
We're not so short sighted we need pictures this big. The lines of text in other posts extend to the same with of the picture before wrapping to the next line.
That means we're forced to keep the browser as wide as picture to read other posts without scrolling or keep the window at a reasonable width and scroll to read other posts. Both options are a pain in the rear. It's easy enough to make the pictures smaller for heaven's sake.
Posted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 3:49 pm
Nobody has mentioned the new Ravenna route - perhaps that would be a quieter town to get through?
It also means a few less miles to drive through Italy (which is why we used to get Minoan to Venice).
As Moggieman says, the road to the port skirts around the town at Ancona. However recently we were one of the last off the ferry and were held up some time in ferry traffic getting onto the motorway.
It always seems a good idea to get on the ferry early and "settle in", but that means you are on the lowest car deck and last off on the Minoan boats.
There are also a lot of roadworks underway on the motorway near Ancona which could cause problems soon.
Posted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 5:44 pm
Barbary Coaster wrote:...ANEK have kennels on board, no pets in cabins...
Purely for clarification, this is not a general rule for all ANEK crossings. A friend took three young rescue dogs back to the UK earlier this year. He used ANEK Chania to Piraeus and Patras to Ancona. On both sailing he had a cabin that the dogs could go in. These were booked in advance at the Souda office of ANEK. You can't simply take a dog in any cabin but there are cabins where dogs are allowed, at least on these crossings. It would be worth asking ANEK directly for other crossings.
Posted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 6:16 pm
Nobody has mentioned the new Ravenna route???
Nor the new updated "adriatica" route. Driving down via Switzerland then picking this route as you go into Italy.
Good three lanes all the way down to Accona for 35 Euros. The only bug bear is lorries as they all seem to start off at 5/6 in the morning.
Great clean service stations with picnic areas, my route every time..
There was some road works as this m/way was still under construction last journey, nothing to hold you up but down to two lanes for some stretches, does anyone know if it has now been finished ???
Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 12:18 am
You are correct Warwick. - The A.N.E.K ships have 'pet cabins' on board. There are only a few, and they cost a little more, but are worth the extra cost. It is also wise to book early if you need one as they are very popular.
Posted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 10:38 am
Superfast also have pet cabins that I use (or camping on deck)......big benefit of the Bari route is of course its far shorter journey for the animal to "hold things", if like mine they will not go in the doggie sand pits !
I have found the "kennels" provided by all ferry companies appalling and do not recommend
Dogs on ferries
Posted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 6:59 pm
We regularly use the Ancona to Patras ferry. Anek, Superfast and Minoan. All call into Igoumenitsa. My dog travels with us in a Dog cabin (€50 extra) He refuses to use the sand trays, or the deck for that matter so we get off at Igoumenitsa and he relieves himself there. Also gives him an opportunity to socialise with the port strays. I always make sure the officer in charge knows we got off and will be getting back on!
Posted: Sun Oct 12, 2014 4:14 pm
Slightly off topic, but can any seasoned travellers recommend a hotel, or even a favourite town around the Bologna area where we could break our car journey for one night.? Thanks x
Posted: Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:44 pm
I would not stay in Bologna, far too busy, but we use UNAWAY hotel in Cesena (see link). Easy to find off the motorway
Very good restaurant also................!!!
http://www.unahotels.co.uk/hotels-1/ces ... esena-nord
This group does have a hotel in Bologna but I have not tried it
Posted: Sun Oct 12, 2014 7:47 pm
That looks perfect. Thank you ,that was just the sort of reply I was hoping for