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Exploring Europe – Ferry from Italy to Croatia

It was 5 am, my eyes gritty with lack of sleep, and a voice blaring over the speakers announcing that we could still buy gifts from the gift shop was the straw that broke the camels back. I was done with this fucking ship. Done. Pack it up Matty, because we are going to be first off the boat.

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It started off as a lovely day. We strolled down to the Florence train station and rode a few hours to Ancona to catch an overnight Snav ferry to Split, Croatia. We had opted for this way of travelling, as we had never been on a cruise ship. We were frightened that they would be an expensive floating RSL, and we would go stir crazy being on a boat for days. An over night boat, with multiple dining options, live music, games room and the like sounded like a bit of fun, and would get us where we needed to go. It was a bit pricey, but what the hell.

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It started ok. We jumped on the boat and were directed to our room. The room was tiny… it had a bunk bed and a toilet IN THE SHOWER. What the actual fuck. We contemplated upgrading to a nicer room, but decided against it… it was hundreds of Euro to upgrade, and it was only one night. Some people didn’t even have a room; they opted for a chair in the main area, like a plane or something. We sucked it up, had a shower (ew ew ew) and went to find the bar.

Side note, Matt had a shower with the curtain enclosing the toilet. It ended filling the bowl up (and possibly over flowing onto the shower floor). I used the curtain to exclude the toilet from my shower. Much better result.

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Bonus! We found the bar and were allowed to take the drinks outside and watch the sunset! It was so beautiful. We spent a couple of hours watching the sun go down and breathing in the ocean air.

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It was all down hill from there. The “dining options” were a shitty buffet or a American style restaurant with the most awful looking food. The “live music” was a guy on a keyboard who sounded like a tone deaf Barry White wannabe. The “games room” was a tiny room with 2 pokie machines. We ate dinner (shitty buffet) and decided we’d turn in early. We had a big week ahead of us anyways.

As soon as my head hit the pillow I knew I wouldn’t be able to sleep. The ship engine was SO LOUD. The bed was incredibly uncomfortable. The pillow was thin and the mattress was lumpy. I tried to stay quiet so I wouldn’t keep Matt awake (who could sleep through anything), and through the tossing and turning I dozed a little… until 5 am.

At 5 am some douchebag decided it was a good idea to yell across the PA system that the gift shop was open… every 15 mins until the boat docked at 7 am. Imagine me, in the bottom bunk, yelling at the top of my lungs to “shut the fuck up” and “I fucking hate Snav”. I packed up our gear and got us on the exit deck, ready to be the first off the boat.

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Fuck you Snav – Split, Croatia

Not a good start to a week in Croatia, where we were supposed to be partying every night and sailing every day. I wanted to sleep on dry land, never seeing a fucking boat again. Oh well, chin up and get a breakfast beer for that morning grumpiness.

And in case you didn’t get the underlying message: never ever fucking travel on a Snav ferry.

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