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High speed catamaran from Naples to Palermo

High speed catamaran from Naples to Palermo

Jan 23rd, 2011, 04:26 PM
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High speed catamaran from Naples to Palermo

Seems that I read that there is now a high speed catamaran between Naples and Palermo. Anyone know a link to this service. Thanks
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Jan 23rd, 2011, 04:49 PM
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This service was discontinued more than five years ago.

The only maritime option is the daily overnight car ferry which takes 10 hours.

www.tirrenia.it (in bankruptcy, but still operating)


You can also fly (Alitalia and Air Italy) or take the train.
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Jan 24th, 2011, 04:57 AM
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For daytime crossings - though, to judge by the journey time and price, only by ferry - I'd suggest reading what SNAV themselves say...


They're selling tickets, and presumably meant it?


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Jan 24th, 2011, 06:00 AM
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SNAV's ships offer extra daytime crossings in the high season. They're probably cheap because not many people would want to waste a day on a journey which is much more convenient overnight. You can spend a day in Napoli and be in Sicily the next morning.
SNAV now have newer and bigger ships on their service: the SNAV CAMPANIA and SNAV SICILIA went for scrap in October, and were replaced by the SNAV LAZIO and SNAV SARDEGNA
The fast catamaran last ran in 2003. These gas-guzzling craft are quite uneconomic.
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Jan 24th, 2011, 07:25 AM
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Two comments:

Those daylight ferry crossings operate only in July and August/beginning of September, and primarily on weekends. They supplement the year-round daily overnight crossings, which are more efficient since you don't waste an entire day of sailing.

The "Sicilia" ferry had quite a distinguished career: launched in 1974 as the M/S Norland of the North Sea Ferries, she was requisitioned by the Royal Navy in April of 1982 as a troop transport in the Falkland Islands Conflict. She was purchased by SNAV in 2002 and put into service between Naples and Palermo. SNAV took her out of service in 2010 and replaced both "Sicilia" and sister ship "Campania" (ex-"Norstar") with the more modern "Lazio" and "Sardegna" (also twin ships).






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Jan 24th, 2011, 07:46 AM
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Not sure quite where you're going with that....

For both the July example I'd picked, and in mid-August, the €36 price for passengers on the morning service seems identical to those leaving in the evenings, of both that day - and the other four they'll show?

Complicated of course, since one probably wouldn't spend all night in the ship's lounge - and a cabin costs much more... though there's then not the need for a hotel room ashore.

I'd fly instead!

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Jan 24th, 2011, 07:49 AM
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Just to be complete, I should mention that Tirrenia Lines historically has also had a few July/August weekend daylight crossings between Naples and Palermo, including a few such crossings in July and August of 2010.

Tirrenia filed for bankruptcy in August of last year, but continues to operate thanks to financing by the Italian Government. Web schedules are current through the end of May 2011, and reflect the daily overnight crossings, but it is presently unknown whether the July/August supplementary weekend daylight crossings will continue this year.

In any event, the SNAV web schedules do show some supplementary daylight crossings for July/August/early September 2011.

One advantage of taking a daylight crossing between Naples and Palermo is that one can select the "deck" passage (no reserved seat), which is the cheapest fare option available. Unreserved seats, chairs and sofas are available in the public lounge on a "first come" basis. On an overnight crossing, by contrast, one would want to select either a private cabin, or a reclining seat.
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