To surge or not?
Passengers gathering for the 09:35 Alilauro hydrofoil to Ischia... one
very quickly notices Italians' inability to form any sort of orderly
queue or line...
Despite everyone having a ticket that will get them a seat once aboard,
it's as though the devil really is going to take the hindmost!
Naples Beverello and the Castel Nuovo
View from the hydrofoil - the various ticket offices are
on the other side of the long low buildings.
Leaving Beverello on the hydrofoil
Even on the tall 'Rosaria Lauro', it's hard not to feel overshadowed by the enormous "Voyager of the Seas"
Ischia Porto - temporary landing stage (early 2013)
As seen in May 2013.... but very possibly completed before the main season started?
During repairs to the main quay, this is where many of the Alilauro and Caremar
hydrofoils arrive and leave from.... only 200 yards or so from the other one,
with an impromptu taxi rank nearby.
Manoeuvering at Ischia Porto
Largest of all the ferries that come to the island - at
275 feet in length and 2400 tonnes - the Medmar ship
'Lora d'Abundo' can carry 900 passengers and 120 cars.
:: Caremar ::
Year-round hydrofoil and ferry connections for Ischia, Procida, Pozzuoli and Naples.
Alicost's hydrofoil - the "Citta di Amalfi"
Seems that this faster vessel was what you'd have got, in place of their
slower ship the NM "Raid", if coming from the AC with Alicost early in
the season? Seen Ischia Porto - mid-June, 2012
Timetables etc for this service, which usually runs until mid-Sept,
The M.N. Raid
.... as previously used on the the high-season only daily run that comes from
Salerno - via Amalfi, Positano and Capri to Ischia.
Ischia - seasonal routes "from" Sorrento and "to" Capri
- - 2013 - - Important note re May - -
Possibly a sign of the current tough times but, until the end of
May this year, Alilauro are only running their Sorrento/Ischia
service on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
(Helpfully though, those are 3 of the 4 days each week when the
popular gardens at 'La Mortella' are open to the public!)
Although not yet showing on their website, I was told it will be
leaving Sorrento at 09:30, and returning from Ischia again at
17:20 (not as shown above) - and that it will go "daily" from
the start of June!
Capri to Ischia, until 31st May: also Tues, Thurs and Saturdays
only, setting off from here at 10:35 - and leaving Capri 16:40.
Tickets - usually not available more than 1 or 2 days ahead:
Sorrento-Ischia, 2012, €20.90 one way or €39.80 for a return.
Buy them from the GESCAB office down at the Marina Piccola.
Ischia-Capri, 2013: single to Capri €19.50 (but only €18 back) -
or €34.50 for a return.
Autumn closure: in recent years both services have run until
the end of October - or just into November - but do check!
For further details, start from: __ http://www.alilauro.it/
The island's main harbour - used by both hydrofoils and ferries - was created in 1854,
when one side of a deep volcanic crater lake was opened to the sea.
The pink building, on the right, houses the ticket offices for the ferries operated by
the Caremar and Medmar lines - both of them offer frequent departures to Naples (Porta
di Massa) and Pozzuoli, with some that call in at the neighbouring island of Procida.
The island's second port - where the harbour is used by hydrofoils of
the SNAV and Caremar lines, and ferries operated by Caremar and Medmar
(whose 800 passenger "Maria Buono" is pictured)
Hydrofoils of the Alilauro line connect with Naples Beverello several times daily