Anyone have experience taking the overnight ferry from Dubrovnik to Bari, especially booking a sleeper compartment?
I took the Jadrolinija ferry from Dubrovnik to Bari a year and a half ago April at the end of the RS Best of the Adriatic tour. I had wanted a couple more days in Dubrovnik after the tour and that worked well for me.
I didn’t book a cabin, though, just a seat in one of the huge rooms full of airline style seats.
I have to say that I was pretty uncomfortable. Even though the place was practically empty, I could not put down the armrests to stretch out and it was noisy from the engines and cold.
The cabins would have been much more comfortable, I’m sure.
If I were to do it again i’d probably opt for a cabin.
Does this help?
Yes, very helpful. Did the ferries run every day? Was it clean? I think I will get a compartment based on your experience. What did you do after arrival in Bari? Were you able to get good tours out of Bari?
We took an overnight Jadrolinija ferry from Rijeka to Dubrovnik years ago and yes, the airline type seats are very uncomfortable. The next time we went, we booked a cabin. Much better. Some things are worth paying for.
See also https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/general-europe/italy-montenegro-ferry-some-tips-and-info - not the exactly the same route, but gives you ideas.
I have always been comfortable in cabins on various overnight ferries and uncomfortable in any on-deck seating option.
Thank you all for your input and links!
Sandra, I didn’t stay in Bari but took the small local train from downtown Bari next to the bigger train station directly to Matera. I had booked in advance 4 nights in a convent which was very comfortable and well located. In hindsight 3 nights would have been better but I did enjoy Matera and was glad to be there. I had expected to find a day trip to the surrounding areas but couldn’t find one, unfortunately.
Thanks. I think I will use Bari as my base and take day trips from there. I found a cool looking B&B in the old town. Now the wait begins! And planning the remaining part of my trip after leaving Bari.