Caronte & Tourist
Caronte & Tourist
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Francois Bertra... C
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Really bad organization:
We booked the ferry from Messina to Salerno and booked the Superior Cabin for our family of 4. It cost EUR497, no dinner included.
1. The directions are terrible, the address on the confirmation takes you to a closed and nonsensical gate that is never used, gps on either Google Maps or Iphone Maps. Basically no signage. We were lucky to find it by following a random Italian traveller. In a range of 4 kms, we did 12 trips with different directions from the ticket office, the agent, harbor staff and the confirmation.
2. The food and bar on the ferry is cash only (zero English signs), we could not buy dinner or drinks for our kids. We received no warning about this before the trip.
3. Staff friendliness - terrible and unwilling to help.
4. Aircon was operating at 30% (in my judgment), whilst in 28C in August 2022.

You still save mileage during your trip, but many operational problems and experience considerstions.

Our rating - 1 out of 10.
Written August 7, 2022
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EC
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
What a complete dumpster fire of a company. No signage for walking passengers exiting the train station and rude employees (when I asked at the ticket booth to point me in the direction of the port he said “use Google maps). Unfortunately for us it’s not listed correctly on GoogleMaps so we ended up walking in the wrong direction twice and after 50mins finally found it by seeing a faded sign posted on a building. BluJet is far superior and I’ll never book with this company again.
Written October 4, 2023
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Joan J
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Pleasant staff on board, quick Cafe service with help from Cafe staff speaking some English. We traveled from Catania,Messina to mainland Italy by car. Signs in English guide you to where to buy ferry tickets. BUT...be prepared to stop your car, no real area to pull up to a ticket booth but you LEAVE your car right in car lane to line up to speak with a ferry agent to buy tickets! Then back into your car and determine where to get into car line again. Watch for pedestrians who are walking and darting about trying to get tickets. Hold on to the ticket as that is your proof to board and must be shown. The Italian autostrada is very efficient in getting tickets and paying tolls.Why this method cannot be used at the ferry is a puzzle....nothing has changed in this method of purchasing tickets in 30 years. And if you purchase online you must still get out of your car to present in order to get your ticket. The Telepass holders method may be different but as we are tourists we didn't purchase Telepass.
Written July 20, 2022
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Charles1747
Malaga, Spain3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Completely awful experience. We’d travelled 3 hours to get to Milazzo to get the overnight ferry to Naples to find it was “broken” Staff at ticket office really not bothered. No apologies, no suggestions on what to do instead. So we end up with an extra night of accommodation to pay for and a 4 hour train journey today.
Written April 23, 2024
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Steph R
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
We were a bit nervous to find out how the ferry trip would go. We bought tickets easily at the ticket booth in Messina. Got a bathroom break in quickly and then we were loaded onto the ferry. The loading process was easy. The ferry was very clean. I’m sure this all went rather smoothly because it wasn’t peak tourist season but we felt very lucky to have as easy as a transfer between the mainland and Sicily as we did.
Written May 20, 2022
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jamieanddrew
Philadelphia, PA3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
We took the overnight ferry from Messina to Salerno. The port in Messina was more industrial than we were expecting. Boarding at midnight felt weird, but we got there okay with a taxi. If you buy online, exchange your vouchers for the actual tickets at the booth near where the boat is docked. Boarding the actual boat is odd without a car, because it's really set up to load vehicles and trucks. We were the only ones who boarded without a vehicle and while we made it, the ship is clearly not made for this. The crew at the port were very nice and helped us take our luggage up the ramps and get us to the reception. We booked a Superior cabin for 2. It had 2 small beds that were comfortable for us, a tv with a couple channels, a bathroom with a shower, and luggage storage. We couldn't get the wifi to work but as it was an overnight trip, we didn't need it. Waking up to Salerno was beautiful. FYI they ask you to pack and leave the rooms around 9 but the announcements are all in Italian. There is a small cafe on board with quick breakfast items for sale. Similar to boarding, to disembark without a car was also quirky. There is a long road from the boat to the actual coastline and the port crew there also helped us by giving us a ride down the road. Don't expect to be able to find a taxi at the port in Salerno. Public busses stop there, but there is nowhere to buy tickets (they are sold in Cigarette stores), though we did see one other couple who seemed to work something out with the driver. We ended up walking towards town with our luggage to connect with the Sita bus, but it was a hard walk with rolling suitcases on cobblestones and narrow sidewalks.
Written June 20, 2018
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Fernando A
Mertola, Portugal202 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
LAst week after purchasing a return ticket to Sicily I arrived Messina to board and , having purchased ticjet online I presented the ticket on the phone I was requested to present the printed ticket from the first trip. I was not expecting this and presented on my phome both invoice and PDF ticket. The 2 guys on the desk were absolutely unfriendly, unhelpefull and only requiring me to pay a new ticket. I demanded to talk with their manager and they absolutely didn't take any action-. Only the guy that was organizing the lanes outside : Vicenzo , had a positive attitude and tried to calm things, In the end I found the paper that was given to me in the previous trilp more than a week before, and solved. Not to the attitude of the guys in the ticket desk. It looks that is an attitude from the company. If they sell online, they shoudl accept on phone or even reprint, it's normal with airline boarding pass. Also boarding cars is a disaster, a total lack of organization.
Written August 27, 2019
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Mizner
Boca Raton, FL116 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
I was very pleased with my travel on the Sansovino. I booked an outdoor cabin online, and had to exchange my voucher at the ticket office at the maritime office which opened at 3pm. The port has a lot of construction and it is a bit confusing, but I found the gate for foot passengers and was able to board at 7pm. The cabin has bunk beds and is very clean. The ferry is old and not a lot has been done to glitz up the place, but everything is clean and acceptable. Dinner options are served once the ferry leaves, and there is sufficient variety. In the morning, I was impressed by the fresh and crisp cornetti and the excellent cappucino. It is worth getting up early to watch Stromboli and Panaera pass by and watch people going on and off each island. I recommend this as an easy way to travel to the islands and on to Sicily.
Written July 7, 2019
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD10,075 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
We drove our rental car over 300km from Policoro to make our way to Milazzo. Not being familiar with the directions, we set our Google maps to "Villa San Giovanni Imbarchi, E35, 89018 Villa San Giovanni RC". We did not pre-purchase our ferry ticket because internet research said there were 2 companies and we could not time our exact arrival.
Driving on the E35 superhighway, the last 20 km or so are nearly all tunnels approaching Villa San Giovanni, but the signage is self evident following "porto". Then all at once the freeway ends and the ferry signs get hard to spot. We followed the trucks/cars through 3 or 4 city streets, made a left turn, and suddenly we arrived at the port in full view of several ferries.
We slowed at the 2 clerk ticket booth to buy a ticket, but cars behind started blowing their horns, so I proceeded into the middle of 3 lanes, soon surrounded by vehicles parked solid in rows. I got out and walked ~100m over to the booth and purchased our ticket(40 Euros) for 1 way to Messina.
The boarding process was a bit chaotic with the tight 3 lanes needing to come down to 1 lane to enter the ship. We saw one large SUV trap a small car when the driver unknowingly turned hard in front and scraped his bumper. It seemed some drivers were a bit nervous with the process while others were so used to it, they had little patience for new people.
The 30 minute passage goes quickly, lingering in the cafeteria, using the restroom, and taking a photo of Messina's 1555 Lighthouse. The disembarkation process was very efficient. We all followed the freeway signage pointing straight ahead as everyone was taking it to either Catania or Palermo. This 3.5 km uphill 4 lane city street was hampered by several stoplights, lots of cross traffic, and narrowing lanes due to cars parked everywhere. After gaining the freeway 20 minutes later, all was proper to Milazzo.
Written November 11, 2017
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Piazza A
World147 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
Some people get on this boat just for the kick of crossing the “stretto” or to eat a famous Arancino with Sicilian beer on the deck of the Caronte the bar is packed with people as soon as the boat starts loading The tkt if you cross on foot is only 2.50 each way rules don t really apply nobody checks . As you see I n the pic you are not supposed to stay in the area where the vehicles are but nobody really listens . If you travel with car there are different tkts one way is 38€ regular car . Return within 3 days 43 € best deal. However you are traveling if you want to cross over you need the old marvelous Vintage Caronte
Written May 30, 2018
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