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How to catch a car ferry to Greece

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how calm is that?

We have decided to try for Bari tonight and motor through on down to Salerno, up to Avellino then across the middle of Italy to the east coast.  Andrew is driving and I am perusing the ancient guide book to Italy and see that there was once a ferry from Bari at 8pm which takes 15 1/2 hours to get to Patra.  We do our usual getting lost once we get into the town of Bari, follow our noses to the passenger terminal arriving at the office at 7 pm.  Yes, they have tickets and yes, we can board immediately!  Displaying our destination card on the dash I hurry round to the lane we have been told to find.

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  Waved on up the ramp to our spot, place some sheets of newspaper under the LH front of the vehicle to absorb the oil leak and grab our travel blankets, spare underwear, water and tooth brushes then find our seats.  We had three choices.  A cabin, Pullman seats or a deck pass.  Opted for the Pullman seats and showed the young lady sitting in our seats our tickets and she moved.  There were three of the backpackers from Canada and they wanted to know why we had numbered seats.  They had only booked the cheapest option, the deck pass, but the crew had waved them down to the Pullman section.  We could have too and saved money as there were plenty of spaces.  Note unless you go in peak season this might be a saving for you.  The ferry was very luxurious and the staff were impeccably dressed and in plentiful supply.
this appears to be Patra
  We went to the self serve dining room and had a delicious mousaka, a veal casserole, greek salad and I tried the retsina.  It was good drinking despite Andrew's memory of it being awful.  He agreed that he must have had a bad drop back in the late 70's. 

The Mediterranean is flat and the crossing is smooth.  Suggest you don't waste money on their internet as it was frustratingly slow.  Chatted with an American couple and swapped travel tales then went back to our seats and spread out for a sleep.  Just before 5 am two Telstra messages and one from K8 woke me.  A little later the ship's announcer told us that we would be arriving in the port of Igoumenitsa and those who were terminating there should prepare to disembark.  At 7.30am we went to the dining area and had croissants and a plate of fried dumpling thingys with honey syrup and yoghurt, mmmm  mmm..  Arrived around mid-dayish with time adjustments.  We would reccomend the Blue Star Ferryline to anyone.

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how calm is that?
how calm is that?
just specky
just specky
this appears to be Patra
this appears to be Patra
Bari
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