a VirtualTourist member from Oradea asked on Nov 13, 2015
what ferries„ companies?
Schedule and info in English here:
You will see this trip advertised by several different people but it is actually the same trip with other people acting as agents for it.
However before you book it, check out the reviews on Tripadvisor as the general opinion is that if you are taking the Mt Etna coach tour when you get to Sicily, there is too much travelling to make it enjoyable (it is also a very early start and a late arrival back in Malta). Rough seas can also make the journey uncomfortable during the winter).
The Syracuse trip is less of a strain, but the crossing in the winter months can be rocky, we were going to do it in February but were advised by the rep at the hotel only to do it if we were not likely to get seasick at all. The cost is another factor, 74 euros day return per person for the ferry, an extra fifty on top if you do either tour (Syracuse or Mount Etna) and an additional 10 if you get the transport from your hotel in Malta to the ferry port, you could pay 300 euros for a couple quite easily including expenses in Sicily. There is so much to see on Malta (including a shorter and cheaper ferry trip over to Gozo) that unless you are determined to take in the delights of Sicily and do not mind a rough crossing and long journeys by coach or public transport from Pozzallo to Catania or Palermo or Etna, then I would save it for another occasion if possible.
Take the ferry from Malta to Pozzallo or fly From Malta to Catania airport are your options, neither have cheaper last minute fares. In summer there were other flights to Comiso airport from Malta.
Grimaldi Holding operate a car/passenger/freight ferry from Malta to Augusta twice or three times weekly depending on the time of year, this journey takes too long for your purpose.
Siracusa to Malta hydrofoil services ceased several years ago.
ROSATA - I think you will find that Grimaldi stopped serving Malta some time ago as well - it is certainly not mentioned on their website any more.
PHILTHEBUS. - Grimaldi Holding is not the same as Grimaldi Line. The ferry sails by my house near Siracusa. I have seen it in port at Augusta while travelling by train many a time. Possibly, it does not stop at Augusta all year round, on a seasonal basis. I'll check out the route in the new year and see if it still goes to Malta as previously. The routes and timetables change often and it is not easy to keep up with.
Also, I was a regular traveller on the Catania > Genova Grimaldi route. It was a sad day when that stopped!
Interesting - I wonder if that is the same as the services listed on this website: http://www.mmos.com.mt/schedules.php . However when you click on the passenger service link it takes you to... Grimaldi Lines !
It is the Grimaldi Holding - Malta > Augusta > Salerno line. Unfortunately, I cannot access the website via my tablet.