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vindiboy
03-12-2013, 20:15
I have been looking at A FERRY .COM for a crossing Poole to Santander on 7th Jan 14 one way and for my 6-5 metre van 3 mtrs high van including a cabin came in at 300 DFS, that seems very cheap and would save money on a Dover Calais crossing taking in consideration the mileage and fuel costs. The cabin is a four berth inboard one, an outboard cabin adds 60 to the price, so what happens with the cabin, there are only two of us traveling so would that mean the other two bunks would be taken by strangers ,ie would we have to share it, I can't find any info on the web page and have not done Santander before ? I do not really fancy the long sea crossing but may consider doing it.

Siimplyloco
03-12-2013, 20:20
I have been looking at A FERRY .COM for a crossing Poole to Santander on 7th Jan 14 one way and for my 6-5 metre van 3 mtrs high van including a cabin came in at 300 DFS, that seems very cheap and would save money on a Dover Calais crossing taking in consideration the mileage and fuel costs. The cabin is a four berth inboard one, an outboard cabin adds 60 to the price, so what happens with the cabin, there are only two of us traveling so would that mean the other two bunks would be taken by strangers ,ie would we have to share it, I can't find any info on the web page and have not done Santander before ? I do not really fancy the long sea crossing but may consider doing it.

We've travelled on LD lines many times, usually Portsmouth - Le havre, and the price is for the cabin. You get to stretch out if there are only two of you! We travelled on Brittany Ferries last March, car and caravan was 507 one way, so the DFDS/LD price is pretty damn good!
John

chrisinbrighton
03-12-2013, 20:26
That seems very cheap ! Do the allow dogs in certain cabins ? I know when I did Italy Greece they had but needed to be booked way in advance. could not find anything on the DFS website thanks

vindiboy
03-12-2013, 20:33
That seems very cheap ! Do the allow dogs in certain cabins ? I know when I did Italy Greece they had but needed to be booked way in advance. could not find anything on the DFS website thanks I don't know about dogs in cabins as I have never done this crossing before and no longer have a dog ,but I would be surprised if dogs were allowed . I believe they have kennels on the ship for dogs but that is just supposition as I think I read about it somewhere and no doubt it would cost money.

Siimplyloco
03-12-2013, 20:33
That seems very cheap ! Do the allow dogs in certain cabins ? I know when I did Italy Greece they had but needed to be booked way in advance. could not find anything on the DFS website thanks

I looked at it yesterday as we are considering it. No pet facilities at this time. Brittany have great facilities for pets but you get what you pay for...
John

carol
03-12-2013, 20:54
No way will they expect you to share a cabin! If you pay for a 4 berth it's all yours. Enjoy :wave:

Pauljenny
03-12-2013, 21:10
We left UK on 9th Nov .
Looked at the reduced sailings and 600+ from Pompey and the LD came in at 400 + for our 6.5 x3.5 M/H .

Then we checked the weather report and did not fancy vomiting our way to Spain ,thankyou .

Paid 47 for the Myferry Dover Calais .Almost had the boat to ourselves .

Civilised drive through France in 3 easy driving days and through Spain... Burgos ... Seville... to The Algarve in 2 more easy days on empty roads , ( Busy round Salamanca and Seville )

The AP1 from San Sebastien to Vitoria avoids the snowline ,which could be a problem now.

Total Tolls 93 Cost of additional fuel by going through france ... 120 tops.

Allowed us to have good , cheap lunches in the "Routiers and Hostales ,so no need to do any heavy .in-van evening meals .

And not one sick bag !

vindiboy
03-12-2013, 21:20
We left UK on 9th Nov .
Looked at the reduced sailings and 600+ from Pompey and the LD came in at 400 + for our 6.5 x3.5 M/H .

Then we checked the weather report and did not fancy vomiting our way to Spain ,thankyou .

Paid 47 for the Myferry Dover Calais .Almost had the boat to ourselves .

Civilised drive through France in 3 easy driving days and through Spain... Burgos ... Seville... to The Algarve in 2 more easy days on empty roads , ( Busy round Salamanca and Seville )

The AP1 from San Sebastien to Vitoria avoids the snowline ,which could be a problem now.

Total Tolls 93 Cost of additional fuel by going through france ... 120 tops.

Allowed us to have good , cheap lunches in the "Routiers and Hostales ,so no need to do any heavy .in-van evening meals .

And not one sick bag ! Dover Calais is our usual prefered route too ,and you are right about the rough sea crossing to Santander and I don't use the toll roads so lots of choices here so I have to make a decision soon, I have been looking at Newhaven Dieppe too, I have done this crossing before but it too is a long trip 6 hours as I remember.

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Pauljenny
03-12-2013, 21:35
Don't envy you .

Northern France looks prety damn chilly . It was no bundle of fun 2 weeks ago, either !

Just clog on until you cross Le Loire . Good luck and have a safe ,boring journey.

vindiboy
03-12-2013, 22:04
Don't envy you .

Northern France looks prety damn chilly . It was no bundle of fun 2 weeks ago, either !

Just clog on until you cross Le Loire . Good luck and have a safe ,boring journey.

There speaks a fine weather camper LOL,
Yes it does get a tad chilly on the way through France in Winter but that is why we have Winterised vans and heaters isn't it ? Boring ??? never !!

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oldpolicehouse
04-12-2013, 07:09
Hello
I was thinking of this crossing myself and wondered about the 4 berth cabin thing.
I rang up and they assured me a 4 berth cabin booked for only 2 people was for the sole use of 2
Didn't fancy sharing with a couple of strangers.

Blue Skies

antiquesam
04-12-2013, 07:46
It wasn't so warm in the South of France last week, it was -2 in Toulouse last Thursday night and it must have been around freezing down on the plains in Spain.

maxi77
04-12-2013, 08:13
That seems very cheap ! Do the allow dogs in certain cabins ? I know when I did Italy Greece they had but needed to be booked way in advance. could not find anything on the DFS website thanks I don't know about dogs in cabins as I have never done this crossing before and no longer have a dog ,but I would be surprised if dogs were allowed . I believe they have kennels on the ship for dogs but that is just supposition as I think I read about it somewhere and no doubt it would cost money.
Not only do they have kennels but they have excellent dog friendly cabins. The ships are all stabilised

Siimplyloco
04-12-2013, 08:19
Not only do they have kennels but they have excellent dog friendly cabins. The ships are all stabilised

The Pont Aven has dog kennels on the top deck along with a dog promenade. We used that ferry last March. Visiting/walking your dog in a force 10 would be tricky! The other boat - to Bilbao I think - has a few cabins where you can take your dog with you. Every time I looked they were booked up months ahead!
John

Frances
04-12-2013, 10:39
If this is the new route by LD Lines than I'm not convinced it will actually be running yet. I tried to book a few weeks ago and it wasn't taking bookings. I registered for a newsletter but haven't received anything yet. Just had a look at their site this morning and I still can't book onto it.

mark61
04-12-2013, 10:49
A friend is booked on that service on the 17 Dec.

Just tried myself and certainly seems they are taking bookings. Went through the process up to make payment point.

shawbags
04-12-2013, 11:49
There speaks a fine weather camper LOL,
Yes it does get a tad chilly on the way through France in Winter but that is why we have Winterised vans and heaters isn't it ? Boring ??? never !!

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How wonderful it must be to wake up to such beauty whilst tucked up warm in a motorhome , when I first started , waking up to that weather in a VW campervan just didn't seem the same , wake up looking like :sleep-040: freezing my nuts off and drafts coming through every gap , door seals , canvas roof ect , arguing about who was going to get from under the layers of blankets to turn the gas ring on :scared: , them were the days :lol-049: , it funny now but it wasn't then .

El Veterano
04-12-2013, 12:41
Don't envy you .

Northern France looks prety damn chilly . It was no bundle of fun 2 weeks ago, either !

Just clog on until you cross Le Loire . Good luck and have a safe ,boring journey.

Mate, there's nothing boring about driving through France, they're a load of nutters AND they drive on the wrong side of the road. But I would prefer that to bobbing about like a cork for 24 hours, plus there is no way that it would cost 600 squids in fuel there and back.
Which ever route should be your preference have a safe one

shawbags
04-12-2013, 13:02
I have been looking at A FERRY .COM for a crossing Poole to Santander on 7th Jan 14 one way and for my 6-5 metre van 3 mtrs high van including a cabin came in at 300 DFS, that seems very cheap and would save money on a Dover Calais crossing taking in consideration the mileage and fuel costs. The cabin is a four berth inboard one, an outboard cabin adds 60 to the price, so what happens with the cabin, there are only two of us traveling so would that mean the other two bunks would be taken by strangers ,ie would we have to share it, I can't find any info on the web page and have not done Santander before ? I do not really fancy the long sea crossing but may consider doing it.

I have been told that sharing is common on other European crossings , Greece , Italy ect , I've never heard of ferries from the UK doing that but I would always check , as you have , just keep ya fingers crossed , 300 is very cheap for such a large motorhome I have a C15 citroen romahome and I was quoted the same price for December ,cheers chris.

shawbags
04-12-2013, 13:06
Just done a quote with Brittany ferries 344 December 11th , Chris.

Pauljenny
04-12-2013, 13:14
There speaks a fine weather camper LOL,
Yes it does get a tad chilly on the way through France in Winter but that is why we have Winterised vans and heaters isn't it ? Boring ??? never !!

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It's a fair cop ! We are softies and were thrown out of Yorkshire for complaining about the weather .

We overwinter down here and then set off North when the weather warms up , full timing for half the year .

Our van is winterised and we needed all of it when we were blown off Islay in Mid Sept and spent 5 days ,mid Oct, at the Marsden Jazz festival ,in the Pennines .

We have all our fun and adventures over the summer and , after all that ,just wish for a relaxed and boring journey back .... Cos we are Knackered !

Hope your adventures are all pleasant ones .

rommel
04-12-2013, 15:50
I did the Cookshaven (Hamburg) ferry to Felixstowe when it still ran and thought I had the cabin to myself until I went back down there after supper and found five hairy arsed blokes in the other beds!

Frances
04-12-2013, 15:54
A friend is booked on that service on the 17 Dec.

Just tried myself and certainly seems they are taking bookings. Went through the process up to make payment point.

Thanks Mark, but I just tried again and the LD Lines website says that they will be taking 2014 bookings from 10th December.

The Aferry.com site would give me an outward trip for Jan 2014 but nothing after Jan.

Goaskalys
04-12-2013, 16:15
We came back from Spain on the Pont Aven last September and very pleasant it was too. Everyone said it would be rough actually it was as smooth a crossing as anything, maybe we were just lucky.
If you wanted to be a real cheapscape you could save money by not booking a cabin and take your sleeping-bag and settle down on one of the many settees. We saw quite a few people doing this, no problems. They have toilets with showers in too.
I was baffled by the prices in the 'duty free' shop, much cheaper to get whisky in my local Sainsburys. Can't understand why they still bother.

kennya
04-12-2013, 16:27
We are sailing plymouth to roscoff in May.358 return, 7 metre burstner, including overnight cabin on way over....this looks a good deal, Brittany ferries through caravan club

Frances
04-12-2013, 16:36
We are sailing plymouth to roscoff in May.358 return, 7 metre burstner, including overnight cabin on way over....this looks a good deal, Brittany ferries through caravan club

Looks like a brilliant deal.

Kontiki
04-12-2013, 17:53
We are also considering trying this crossing around Jan/Feb time, thinking of just booking one way & worry about which way to come back when we are sitting in the sunshine. Done the long drive down for the last 7 years since we retired, tried various routes, had our share of good & bad weather, done it by having a few long days driving & also taking a couple of weeks. Now just want to get somewhere & park up for at least a month to just relax. Probably have a bit of time on a campsite, wildcamped most of the time on previous trips but for a nice relaxed break it is nice to be parked up with a hook up, & spend the time doing other things than trying to find somewhere nice to stop.

Frances
10-12-2013, 20:08
Last time I looked LD Lines said that their 2014 schedule would be available to book online from 10th December. Now it says it will be available from 13th December. Is anyone intending to use this crossing in 2014 and if so have you booked it yet with anyone?

Captain Biggles
11-12-2013, 05:02
Having sailed from Zeebrugge to Dover in a Force 10 some 37 yrs ago, when 2 young children (not mine) threw-up across my plate of burgers, chips and beans before we had left the quayside and after I sailed from Hook of Holland to Felixtowe on a Sea-Cat more recently, when crew members were sat huddled in a circle on the floor of the Duty Free Shop, to the sound of smashing crockery, I became acutely aware of the need to find a method of transport which would not effect my semi-circular canals quite as much, and bingo, I found it this summer.

It's called 'EuroTunnel', brilliant, you simply drive to Dover, drive on the train, the doors close and ~1hr 10 minutes later you're in Calais, the train stops, you drive off and head South, couldn't be easier.

And the bonus is, you will probably still have your breakfast where it is supposed to be as you disembark, and not clutched in a brown-paper bag for immenent disposal.

Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

Captain Biggles :plane:

Tbear
11-12-2013, 05:46
We came back via Eurostar (-the van :( ) this year and we where very impressed with the speed of of it, if not the luxury. A bit basic but clean.

Richard

El Veterano
11-12-2013, 06:39
I was baffled by the prices in the 'duty free' shop, much cheaper to get whisky in my local Sainsburys. Can't understand why they still bother.
That will be 'duty' free - not 'profit' free:o

vindiboy
11-12-2013, 14:44
I do not agree with you,fares are set at a profitable rate,shop prices are ridiculous,food and coffee on the ferries in our experience is abismal,no wonder people take their own,we have only done the shorter crossings ie Dover. Calais or Dunkerque and Newhaven Dieppe and Portsmouth Caen so Don,t know about other crossings,but suspect things are much the same.

Rodeo
11-12-2013, 15:10
Whilst on the subject of booking ferries....Ive often wondered......Theres a note on the booking Brittany Ferries form ,which says all overnight crossings must have a cabin booked and when all the cabins are allocated,then you can book a seat. Is there really a point in the booking 'window' at which this occurs? e.g. the last 100 bookings or something,before boat capacity is reached,but cabins have gone?
Also,...we've never used a ferry,always Eurotunnel. It seems so easy,quick and smooth and you can even have a quick nap if needed . Access to the roads south is very simple for this old git to follow! But we might try Newhaven/dieppe with the over 60's discount ,this year.It will save about 15 on fuel and also save time on the journey south.

antiquesam
11-12-2013, 16:43
Looking at the LD Lines Ferry operating the Poole-Santander crossing I think it could be a very long 26 hours. The ship has a small bar, a self service cafeteria, a cinema and a small duty free shop.
On the question of drink prices all ferries are making excess profits on there alcohol. Bar prices are higher than Wetherspoons, which is incredible when you bear in mind they are buying duty free. As a lad visiting my father on board ship he would not allow me to have dry ginger in my Scotch as it was more expensive than Scotch.

Rodeo
11-12-2013, 18:39
Well,bu***r me ,I went to have a look at the Brit Ferry site,and youre right! I mustve read that the first time about 2 yrs ago,and glazed over it each time afterwards! I was thinking accomodation meant 'cabin' !What a pillock(I am!) Thanks!:)

Rodeo
11-12-2013, 18:48
Aaaaarggghh! All available times etc that suit us have now gone!

Rodeo
11-12-2013, 19:01
Right in the high season,July 2014! Portsmouth to Santander/Bilbao. Oh well ,we'll go that way in 2015 then!(and i'll book it very early!)

antiquesam
11-12-2013, 21:06
I am afraid I can't show the same enthusiasm as others for a particular ferry company. I take a return crossing of the Southern Channel at least once a fortnight, and to be honest I want a bed, a meal and, on a night crossing, a night cap. Everyone down to the local transport caff serves fresh coffee nowadays, even Wetherspoons manage it, but I have to say that LD Lines full English breakfast doesn't need reheating in a microwave provided by the ferry for the purpose.

antiquesam
12-12-2013, 07:50
I help out a friend by driving a Sprinter when his regular guys can't. It is a bind, because it means I have had to register as self employed and go through the ritual of completing accounts and self assessment, all for a few '000's a year, but it gets me out.
As a freight driver on a crossing taking in excess of 4 hours they have to provide a berth in a 4 berth cabin. I have never shared with more than one other on LD but regularly get crammed in with 3 others on Brittany, presumably to make room for the tourist trade, and as their cabins are smaller, and on the Normandie noisier with car alarms going off all night, it is less comfortable.

antiquesam
12-12-2013, 12:06
I don't think I understand the your comment on cabins. Drivers use the same inside cabins as anyone else who are prepared to pay for them and everyone is lumped in together, at least I hope so if the noises coming from adjacent cabins are anything to go by. On the Mont St. Michel we use the cabins on decks 7 and 8, and on the Normandie on decks 5 and 6. That is the problem, in so far as they will, understandably, sell the space to make a few quid in the summer and then beg freight to use them in winter, when they are the only people around.

Peteluwie
12-12-2013, 17:31
Just spotted that LDLINES are doing another ferry route to GIJON IN Spain from POOLE on a Tuesdays returning Fridays starting 5th january,bookings from 13th dec,tomorrow,sounds interesting..Just had another look its the same ferry reduced service to santander then doing the Gijon route so really not a new route just split up using two ports in Spain..


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