travelling dogs
flowers seen along the road
wide eyed cat
animal rescue collection box
Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs

on the road with Animalcouriers

Delivering pets in Italy and Greece, with a delightful ferry crossing in between

Animalcouriers crossed from the Italian port of Brinidisi to Igoumenitsa in Greece on a handsome new ferry, operated by the European Management & Marine Company (EMMC), who are based at Igoumenitsa.

We met Mrs Emmy, who heads up the company’s marketing function — she remembered us from a few years ago when we first started operating our Greek route, and she was working for Hellas Ferries, our Athens agent. She recalled the problems and challenges we faced back then, and we discussed how good and friendly our partnership is today. We have all the right paperwork, and they ask us to source special dog leads and to provide advice from time to time.

EMMC have given us a promotional trip so that we can provide feedback on the service, especially its suitability for people travelling with pets. We’ve been met with nothing but kindness and an eagerness to know how we’re finding the experience and whether there are areas they can improve on. They offered us a reserved spot on the covered open deck, so the sun didn’t beat down on our van roof. There were also electrical points for us to hook up our fans to keep our passengers nice and cool.

It was a sharp — and welcome — contrast to some of the experiences we’ve had, where we’ve met with very negative attitudes when we’ve asked for special services for pets at ports and on boats.

Our comfortable ferry, the Vastervic

Our comfortable ferry, the Vastervic

The open deck, where we parked our van

The open deck, where we parked our van

The enormous portholes along the sides open up for more air. Here's the view!

The enormous portholes along the sides open up for more air. Here’s the view!

The spick-and-span lounge on board

The spick-and-span lounge on board

Very contemporary decor

Very contemporary decor

Delivering our passengers

Before we left Italy, we reunited little Daisy with Carol at Tortona. Such a happy look on little Daisy's face!

Before we left Italy, we reunited little Daisy with Carol at Tortona. Such a happy look on little Daisy’s face!

On arriving at Igoumenitsa, we said goodbye to a very exuberant Zelda, who was collected by Christos, brother of Zelda's owner Orestis.

On arriving at Igoumenitsa, we said goodbye to a very exuberant Zelda, who was collected by Christos, brother of Zelda’s owner Orestis.

On the beach at Glyfada we met up with our friend Akis, who runs a pet taxi service. Akis collected Coco, Clifford, Squash and Georgie from us, and looked after them overnight, ready to start the last leg of their journey to Paros this morning.

Courier M (L) with Akis

Courier M (L) with Akis

A very chilled-out quartet of pets on board and ready to leave with Akis

A very chilled-out quartet of pets on board and ready to leave with Akis

By |2016-10-17T10:49:16+00:00Saturday, May 28, 2016|animal transportation|25 Comments

25 Comments

  1. Jovina Coughlin May 28, 2016 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    What a treat – a free ferry boat ride and happy pets..

    • Animalcouriers June 1, 2016 at 1:38 pm - Reply

      It was such a pleasure having so many pet-friendly amenities on the ferry. They’ve set the bar high for their competition.

  2. Theanne May 28, 2016 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    Love the ferry…so happy that things are improving for you and the critters over the years 🙂

  3. Dallas Dyson May 28, 2016 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    5 star service for both two legged and four legged passengers wouldn’t it be great if all ferries operated in the same way

    • Animalcouriers June 1, 2016 at 1:44 pm - Reply

      EMMC have certainly upped the ante on this route now – will be interesting to see if the competition takes action.

  4. Timothy Price May 28, 2016 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    Cool looking ferry. Ferries are very foreign to me as a desert boy.

    • Animalcouriers June 1, 2016 at 4:54 pm - Reply

      Very cool all round. We’d find desert quite foreign, we’re sure!

  5. easy rider May 29, 2016 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    I first thought you have my brother Buddy on bord… Zelda could be the cousin :o) I had no clue that modern ferries look really comfy now… wow!

    • Animalcouriers June 1, 2016 at 5:02 pm - Reply

      Is Buddy as bouncy? This is the kind of ferry we want all the time now!

  6. Sand Spring Chesapeakes May 29, 2016 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    What a cool ferry ride, my puppy went over to the UK, flew into Amsterdam and then took a ferry to yorkshire.

    • Animalcouriers June 1, 2016 at 5:02 pm - Reply

      So pleased to hear that the pup made it safely – what a big adventure!

  7. Rhonda Hernandez May 29, 2016 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    Happy to hear you had such a positive experience on the ferry…and WoW…what a ferry it is!!

  8. Lavinia Ross May 29, 2016 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    Just catching up with you today. Nice ferry! Good to hear they work with you regarding your needs for the animals. Beautiful passengers as always.

    • Animalcouriers June 1, 2016 at 5:05 pm - Reply

      We were really rather surprised by the can do attitude and the real interest in our feedback. When ferries run in hot climates it’s very important that pets and animals are a high priority. Delighted with the service.

  9. Marty the Manx May 30, 2016 at 3:45 am - Reply

    What a great ferry company! Love the happy pups 🙂

  10. Sarah May 31, 2016 at 12:27 am - Reply

    Hope alls going well on the return journey.Sarah

    • Animalcouriers June 1, 2016 at 5:00 pm - Reply

      Had a little trouble posting about the return journey but we’ve managed to now. All going very well.

  11. Sonel May 31, 2016 at 8:38 am - Reply

    Such a beautiful ferry and amazing shots. Daisy is totally adorable and she looks so much like my little man. 🙁 Have a safe trip. ♥

    • Animalcouriers June 1, 2016 at 4:59 pm - Reply

      Daisy is adorable – you must miss your little man very much 🙁

  12. Sherri-Ellen TD. May 31, 2016 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    Mee-you Lady Annie can Zelda come play with mee?? Shee iss such a purrty doggie gurl!!!!
    An that ferry iss luvley. LadyMum says it iss berry classy!
    Wishin efurryone safe sailin… 😉
    ~~~head rubsss~~~ Siddhartha Henry~~~

    • Animalcouriers June 1, 2016 at 5:01 pm - Reply

      You’d have to be very bouncy to keep up with Zelda Siddhartha Henry!

  13. Sherri-Ellen TD. June 1, 2016 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    😉 Mee could keep up Lady annie!!
    LadyMum sayss mee iss a tornado on four pawss, mew mew mew….

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