Anyone used LD Lines Poole to Santander

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  1. gradyp

    gradyp Funster

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    Hi all ,, booked with LD Lines Poole to Santander for July.

    First we booked with Brittany ferry's one way for £650 and the aim was to slowly drive up through France over 2 weeks , but then noticed LD Lines and managed to get a return for the same price of £650 so now we can explore northern Spain / southern France.

    To get it to this price I imagine there are a number of price savings e.g. less staff , less facilities , basic cabins , etc. Has anyone used the service , how basic is the service , what facilities are on board , what are the cabins like.

    No matter how it is the price wins hands down leaving us with more to spend on the "holiday" part

    Cheers Paul
     
  2. Chris

    Chris Funster Life Member

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    I think you sleep in hammocks.

    Well, unless it's your turn to row:BigGrin:

    I am sure it's fine. if you find out the name of the ship you can probably find photos of the facilities.
     
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    redchad Read Only Funster

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    Originally we used the Pride of Bilbao from Portsmouth to travel down but since LD Lines appeared weve used it twice now, last time in February returning to Poole. First it was £150 cheaper than Brittany Ferries, the boat is not as big and loads and unloads from the rear so when loading some reversing is required. In my experience it does take a long time to load, probably because of the reversing. The cabins are fine as good as P&O, there is only 1 restaurant and only 1 bar, but the bar does bar snacks. the foods good with a good variety, plenty of TV,s in the lounge area showing English, Spanish & Portuguese programmes. There is a small cinema showing different films every 3 hours (free) you wont bother with the little shop as its very expensive. same problem with the bar its not cheap. A lot of truckers use this service in particular Portuguese but there not a problem. Overall it does what it says on the tin its only 26 hours comfy enough and i will be back on it late April
     
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    no go

    booked ld pool gijon cancelled had to go portsmouth le-halve,ok if they dont cancell i suppose:thumb:
     
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    we recently booked a return with BF on their Pont Aven boat but couldn't get a doggy friendly cabin, however they did offer me one on the new low cost service they've started up. During discussion it turns out the new low cost service uses smaller boats with good but basic amenities. As I know the bay of Biscay can be quite rough we decided to stay with the bigger Pont Aven.
    I think the new low cost service uses LD ships
     
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    BF Economie Etretat(ex Norman Voyager);-

    ute Portsmouth - Le Havre
    IMO 9420423
    Building year 2008
    Building yard C.N. "Visentini" di Visentini Francesco & C, Italy (#220)
    Owner Watling Street Ltd.
    Operator DFDS Seaways
    Length 186,0 m
    Breadth 25,6 m
    Draft 6,85 m
    GT 26.904
    Machinery 2 * MAN 9L48/60B
    Speed 24 kn.
    Number of passengers 800
    Number of beds ?
    Number of cars 200
    Lanemetres 2.250
    Port of registry Le Havre
    Flag France
    Former names Norman Voyager (2011-2013) - LD Lines
    Norman Voyager (2009-2011) - Celtic Link Ferries
    Norman Voyager (2008-2009) - LD Lines
    Former owners -
    Sister ships Norman Atlantic, Scottish Viking, Stena Flavia,

    Norman Asturias LD lines Poole- Gijon)

    oute Poole - Gijon
    Poole - Santander
    St Nazaire - Gijon
    IMO 9349760
    Building year 2007
    Building yard Visentini Trasporti, Italy (#216)
    Owner Visemar Trasporti srl.
    Operator LD Lines
    Length 186,46 m
    Breadth 25,6 m
    Draft 6,6 m
    GT 26.500
    Machinery MAN
    Speed 24 kn.
    Number of passengers 800
    Number of beds 480
    Number of cars 196
    Lanemetres 2.255
    Port of registry Bari
    Flag Italy
    Former names Norman Asturias (2011)
    Norman Asturias (2011) - LD Lines
    Baltic Amber (2011) - LD Lines
    Baltic Amber (2010-2011) - DFDS Seaways
    Baltic Amber (2010) - AVE Line
    Borja (2007-2010) - Balearia



    BF Pont Aven

    Cork - Roscoff
    Plymouth - Roscoff
    Plymouth - Santander
    Portsmouth - Santander
    IMO 9268708
    Building year 2004
    Building yard Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany (#650)
    Owner Somabret la Copropriete du Navire Pont Aven
    Operator Brittany Ferries
    Length 184,6 m
    Breadth 30,9 m
    Draft 6,8 m
    GT 41.748
    Machinery 4 * MaK 12VM43
    Speed 27 kn.
    Number of passengers 2.200
    Number of beds 2.012
    Number of cars 650
    Lanemetres ?
    Port of registry Morlaix
    Flag France

    BF Cap Finistere

    ute Portsmouth - Bilbao
    Portsmouth - Santander
    IMO 9198927
    Building year 2000
    Building yard Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Weft AG, Kiel, Germany (#355)
    Owner Bretagne Angletere Irlande S.A
    Operator Brittany Ferries
    Length 203,9 m
    Breadth 25,0 m
    Draft 6,8 m
    GT 32.728
    Machinery 4 * Wärtsilä NSD 16 ZAV 40S
    Speed 27,6 kn.
    Number of passengers 1.595
    Number of beds 842
    Number of cars 1.000
    Lanemetres 1.908
    Port of registry Morlaix
    Flag France
    Former names Superfast V (2000-2010) - Superfast Ferries
    Former owners Attica Enterprises SA (2000-2010)
    Sister ships Bimini SuperFast,


    Stats courtesy of http://www.ferry-site.dk/index.php?lang=en
     
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    bobandjanie Funster Life Member

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    They will not take pets on that crossing, so no good for us, but yes a good price. :BigGrin:
     
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    ditto, except didn't notice until AFTER i'd boked the non refundable tickets.
    hound gets a fortnight in clink now!:Doh:
     
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    Thanks for that reply ,, wife feels a little more confident knowing she doesn't need to share a hammock with a hairy #### sailor
     
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    We have just returned from Santander to Poole, no probs, cabins are fine and comfy, less amenities than BF, and, there is NO DUTY FREE SHOP on board!
    We saved almost £300 compared to BF.

    Craig
     
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