Any good deals on Ferries to Ireland?

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  1. jennymaywright

    jennymaywright Read Only Funster

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    We often hear about good ferry deals to France but I've never noticed good deals or offers on ferries to Ireland. Has anyone any knowledge of good deals to the Emerald Isle?

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    Hi Jenny

    I've searched often and never found a 'good deal' ... there is no competition so there is no incentive, it's the main reason I've never toured Ireland and sadly probably never will.. :Sad:
     
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    We always fly over to the UK and rent a car when we visit the relatives much cheaper. There are never any good deals on the ferries. They've been cut back this year and the catamaran has been slowed down!
     
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    The good deal is they still accept tesco's vouchers. at the rate of £4 of travel for every £1 of vouchers. :thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb: so the exhorbitant prices are cut by 75%
     
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    Thanks , thats worth remembering.:thumb:
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    Thanks Roger. How do you get Tesco vouchers - by spending lots in their stores?
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    Tesco Vouchers:

    For every £1 you spend in store you normally get 1 point, however, at the moment, they're giving double points so you'd get 2. Therefore, eventually when you've accrued points they send out Tesco vouchers to you for the value of those points, eg 250 points = £2.50 in Tesco vouchers.

    You can then exchange your Tesco points for vouchers for your chosen 'deal', in multiples of £2.50, depending on what deal you go for you can get up to 4 times their face value, so, for example to exchange them for a Eurotunnel crossing costing £130 return in 'normal money', in Tesco vouchers it would be only £32.50, if you don't have enough vouchers, you can pay the difference in 'normal money'. Same thing applies to ferries to Ireland.

    You can bump up the amount of Tesco points you accrue by looing out for offers in store or on line where they're giving more points away with certain items. For example, we recently found out that they were giving an extra 1000 points when you bought a mobile phone on the Tesco network. We bought 'a few' and the phones cost between £20 and £25 so we were already 'in credit' as the 1000 points equalled £40 in deals, we then sold the phones at a slight loss (ain't ebay wonderful!) and got most of our money back, so the extra vouchers have nearly been gained for free!

    You can also get a boost to your Tesco points by sending in your used inkjet printer cartridges as they pay £1 for each one (you need to check yours is on the list of ones they accept) - you can only send in 30 of these a year, but that equates to £30 in Tesco vouchers, or up to £120 in deals vouchers, or for us one totally free Eurotunnel crossing (excluding the cost of the dogs).
     
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    Dont know how up to date this is, but was talking to a couple from Blackpool some time ago that poped over to Ireland regulary with there camper from Fleetwood.
    They said the best deal was to roll up on spec,and they will put you on with the trucks, am sure they said it was a night sailing,and very cheap.
    I know its not much help if you want to plan a trip but if anyone lives in the area it might be worth nipping round to ask at the ferry terminal.
    A lot of unacompanied trailers go though there,so mabe they just fill up with last minute spec callers.
     
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    :Laughing:No -good deals impossible to find as the Irish Sea is a dirty cartel of ferry operators-all charge almost exactly the same to the nearest penny and compared to the Channel (la Manche) prices are outrageous but neither of the two Governments nor EU will interfere, preferring to tolerate look the other way and tolerate the rip-offs.
    Best offers are usually Irish ferries -the others seem to set their steals by Irish ferries standards and IF seems to use Ryanair as it totem-like make the deals far better value than flying.
    Stena is probably the next best-with P&O (shortest possible distance is P&O's just 19 miles Larne Cairnryan-by far the most expensive and probably the most expensive 19 miles in Europe. Norfolk lLnes does some better deals but there is a problem: no amendments it seems, so you are stuck with whatever you book online.
    Stena-P&O charge some £20 quid to book at the dockside.... yerra.....and a whacking load of credit card charges and supplements need careful study when booking!
    Oh yes-if you are thinking of leaving your car behine and walking on-forget it- proportionately it is hugely more expensive- like £25 Stena ? and £30 P&O SINGLE fare-and twice that for a return!to Northern Ireland- part pf the UKL we are told but the policy seems to be to make it unaffordab le to travel internally in the UK nowadays. Of course, both Stena and P&O and Norfolk Line know it is a long swim to anywhere else in Britain! :Blush: :Rofl1:
     
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    I got a quote from http://www.nutttravel.com/ last week and it was much cheaper than any other deal.
    We wernt able to go as I cought the winter vomiting disease and now the wife has it :cry:
    Allan
     
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    I dont know the rates for crossing to ireland but with the cc it says that caravans and trailers go free and motorhomes are charged the economy car rate, they are showing sailing routes Stranraer/Belfast and Fleetwood/Larne and for departures from Fishguard and Holyhead to ring them.
     
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    ferries to ireland

    Check irish ferries offical web site they have deals on at present. Also stena in n.ireland. Blackie
     
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