"A trip to the "GNV" from Genoa to Palermo, something for tough guys! "
"To reduce the stress of a car ride from Switzerland to Calabria, we booked this year for the first time a crossing, with the" "GNV" ", from Genoa to Palermo. Announced this our otherwise 1470km long journey in the summer holidays in three parts. First part, the journey to Genoa, then the second part, at issue here, the crossing by ferry. and then a third part, the trip from Palermo to our resort in Calabria.
We have booked the relative range of the crossing shortly before the trip via the Internet. This has actually worked very well.
We booked crossing from Genoa to Palermo, 3 adult persons, 4 inside cabin and a vehicle that Renault Espace GJK to 4.90 m.
According to information on the Internet the ride on a modern ferry, equipped with swimming pool, cinema, various restaurants and bars to lead across the Mediterranean, and last around 22 hours.
For the trip to Genoa, we applied 4 hours, a plus 2 hours a reserve, which we then, the traffic jam and customs goodness, really fully exploit.
The check was carried out without major problems, amazed me then though, the receipt indicated on the obtained vehicle length of just 3.90m ... no matter, is already fit.
For boarding my wife and my daughter had to leave before the ship the car and with the hastily sought luggage for the crossing, on foot march to the ship while I eat as a chauffeur, very nervously waving and gesticulating, orange-clad sailors, with my Renault was briefed on the parking deck "" D "", which, of course, how could it be otherwise, do not equip went without loud words of. The vehicles were at distances of 30cm, front and rear, and 50cm just to the side, very close to each other. Who's afraid of scratches in expensive car paint that is already here in the wrong movie. Because it is virtually impossible without touching the car a foreign car to get from the parking deck into the passenger compartment, since the vehicles are so close to each other.
Once in the passenger compartment then searching for the family members, which in turn have been already sent by the cabin crew on the corresponding link car deck. As a non-Italian-speaking passenger, it falls a then very difficult to follow the indistinct and loud voice instructions of all standing around cabin-crew, simply because you absolutely do not understand what a friendly man now really just wanted to say ... Well, after some Currently I have found my family and our cabin anyway.
The cabin was located on deck 8, in the middle of the ship, on the outskirts of the dog area, which is all well with signs (I've never seen a dog area ...)
The cabin itself met the requirements and corresponded with their size we wanted. The plumbing in the cabin is tight but it also meets the requirements. The toilet was provided with a hygiene seal, which should display a previous cleaning. The strange light brown splashes, which were distributed all over the toilet to see, then settled but courage naked toilet paper and a single swipe wipe ...
The hair on the floor were not let into the floor, but they let cancel by bare hands. And the stains on the mirror were not old, seized lime stains, but recently generated water splash ...
That then the entire wet room floor looked like a large puddle after a shower, came from not quite matching shower curtain, and a drain, which was full of some hair ...
But no matter, hot water came out of the shower, and the provided Duch lotion "" GNV "" smelled appealing good.
Also the air conditioning in the cabin was extremely Powerful, which the whole family with cough and runny nose the next "
Reviewed by Toni Hochuli who travelled with Grandi Navi Veloci on Fantastic