We had to leave Al-Taif around 9 am to reach Jeddah at noon. So we took a shorter mountainous road (Al-Hada Road) which had a great view and was very twisty and a great motorcycle road.
We also noticed that there is no personal space here people used our luggage as pillows by the fact that they were on the bench. The ferry has no cabins so everyone stays in the general seating. The issue is that there are two classes on the ferry, the deluxe accommodations for the families (men with accompanied woman, and women by themselves), and the not so deluxe accommodations for the bachelor men. This is where having your wife with you on a trip helps.