It was meant to be a short ride to Ancona and onto a ferry just after lunch. We’d booked the ferry the night before, there was a choice of two, one ANEK Superfast and the other Minoan/Grimaldi. Crossing with Minoan was slightly cheaper and faster, it might have been that the other ferry included a stop at Corfu, but anyway we booked with Minoan.
An hour on and we got a text message saying the ferry was going to be departing two hours later than scheduled. Not a problem we thought, just a bit more time hanging around in Ancona, and besides there was important things to do like ice cream and enjoying the evening.
So the next morning we set off, delaying leaving the hotel as late as possible and having a leisurely breakfast. We still got to Ancona with loads of time to spare, checked in, exchanged the voucher for tickets and we were given a slip for a complementary snack and drink. With so much time to kill Ashley decided it was a good plan to go and find a local supermarket and stock some supplies. Supplies ended up being a 1.5 litre bottle of verdicchio which cost 4 Euro (and we were to discover was surprisingly good). This was definately a win.
Eventually we boarded the ferry. Then a whole load of nothing happened. The two hour delay became 3 hours, then a bit more, then someone announced the ferry would be leaving in 30 minutes. All in all getting towards 4 hours, so we were looking at putting in for a refund assuming it would be at least 3 hours late into Igoumenitsa. As it turned out the ferry made up time, so we were only two hours late into Igoumenitsa which amongst other things meant we were not entitled to a discount. We will call this a tie. Not too late and no discount – must not grumble.
As to the ferry, well it was OK. The restaurant was expensive, the bar expensive, and we’d declined to take a cabin on the gronds of the crazy expensive. So after a spectacular sunset we splashed out on dinner, sat in the bar and consumed our verdiccho (most of it) and managed to get a few hours sleep. We’d booked a reclining seat, but the room with them in was not pleasant, it lacked ventilation and Ashley got yelled at for even daring to take a look in the place. So, despite paying for the seat we ended up sleeping in the bar, we were not alone in doing this and to be honest it was a more pleasant environment. So that’s the lose, spending money on a seat we never used.
But anyway, we got to Igoumenitsa at a reasonable time in the morning. Got off the ferry and went in search of breakfast and more coffee.