It’s the boat that took me to Genoa, Italy from Olbia, Sardinia. It was a big boat. I was told that it accommodated 1,900 people in 500 cabins and held 500 automobiles. It was very modern. I think it was a refurbished cruise ship that was taken out of service to use in the ferry service. It left Olbia at 09:00 PM and arrived in Genoa at 09:00 AM. I did not get a bed. Continue reading
I caught the ferry from Algeciras to Tangier Med. Tangier Med is a relatively new port that is about twenty miles from Tangier. They have a shuttle bus that runs every hour from the port to the city. It cost me about $25 to take the ferry and another $3.25 to take the shuttle bus. It worked out fairly well except that I was one of the last people to get my passport stamped while on the ferry. That’s because I refused to be a part of the pushing and shoving to get in line (what line?) to get the stamp for Morocco. I just found a place to sit and get some work done while everyone else jostled in the line. However, once the boat docked it still took me another half hour to get the stamp. Most of that was due to the fact that I had no clue what was going on during the ferry ride and I didn’t even see anyone that looked like they could even begin to speak English. Next time I’ll know.
This is the ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar. Actually, this is the fast ferry. There are others. It was comfortable except for the wiggle-worm behind me that kept poking his knee into my back. One thing I can say is that my Kindle had 5 bars of 3G reception all the way across the water during the trip. I have learned that I need to find some really good Kindle-formatted news sites for trips to places where regular internet service is sparse and 3G is available.
This is the ferry that I took for a day trip to Macau. Macau is a gambling Mecca in China. Actually, it’s the only place that a person can gamble in China, at least legally. I took a day trip to Macau to see the sights of the city and to be able to say that I’ve been there. The boat ride over and back cost me about $30, which I believe translates into $15 each way. The ferry too one hour to make the 16 mile trip.
This is one of the boats used by the Star Ferry. I crossed the harbor several times on the ferries. I cost me about thirty cents each time I crossed, which is truly one of the best bargains of the modern world because I got to see that great view of Hong Kong as we crossed. Riding the Star Ferry must be one of the prerequisites to becoming a world class tourist. It’s just too scenic not to be.
This is the ferry to Kota Kinabalu. It cost me about $11 to take a 3 hour ferry ride from Kota Kinabalu to Labuan, an island close to Brunei. Then, I caught a fast boat to Brunei – another hour and $3. Eventually I got to Brunei and on the return I took the same boats back in the opposite direction.
This is the ferry to and from Can Tho. I was told Can Tho was the largest City in the Mekong Delta and is located on an island. All I k now for sure is that we had to ride the ferry over and back. We waited in line to get on the ferry to go to the island for over an hour. No one on the mini-bus was happy about it. It did appear there were a total of eight ferries like this one operating at rush hour, four going and four coming. There were four places to dock on each side.
So what’s the point of the above map? Well, today is the first day that I have ever made one of my own maps on Google. I did it to try and get some orientation of the city of Hong Kong. I placed markers on the map for the following tourist attractions: Chi Lin Nunnery, Hong Kong Disneyland, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Lan Kwai Fong, Ocean Park, Star Ferry, Ten Thousand Buddha Monestarty, Tian Tan Buddha, Victoria peak, Stanley Market Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Wong Tai Sin, Hong Kong Museum of History, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong Science Museum, Temple Street Night Market, Chungking Mansion and the Clock Tower. What I will now do is find a good place to stay near the center of the attractions and plot my entries and exists on the subway system so that I won’t spend all day trying to figure out what I’m doing when I actually get to the city. Plus, with a map, I can group attractions as well as have a better orientation for the city. I’ve started making maps of several cities. This one is of Hong Kong.
Here is a picture onf the line waiting on the ferry to Ocracoke Island. This is the truck I rented. I wanted a car, but none were available.
What’s the best way to get to an island? I’d say a jet. But some islands, don’t have an airstrip. Some islands have ferries. That’s Ethel waving.