Ferries to Brittany and Northern Spain

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  1. Steve304

    Steve304 Read Only Funster

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    Having checked the cost of ferries and Eurotunnel for our next trip, I was very surprised at the expense of some ferries (especially to Northern Spain) and wondered what the real justification for using them was, when compared to the cheaper ferry crossing to Calais or Eurotunnel?

    Yes, I appreciate that there will be extra fuel; driving time and possible stopover fees to consider, but surely this doesn't amount to the extra cost for the ferry fare. So why do people still use these expensive services as an alternative?

    Just curious that's all.

    Steve
     
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    This winters trip,,,, we went out Portsmouth - Santandar14 mtrs and £785.. :Eeek:

    Came back through France to Calais to Dover... and saved about £230 overall..

    Stopped in France 2 Aires and one camp site...

    Don't usually come up through France on the way back..... but weather forecast didn`t look bad..:thumb:

    That`s the only reason we go to and from Santandar...

    And we bought the sun back with us... :Wink::BigGrin:
     
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    Last year we came back from Santander after doing quite a lot of miles in Morocco. We thought it would be a treat at the end of the trip.

    How wrong we were. It was unbelievably rough. Our van slid into the next van in the hold. (Happily no real damage done) . We laid there feeling ill wishing we were in a French aire!

    Never again.
     
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  4. John Laidler

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    We live outside Plymouth so the options for us are really either Plymouth/Roscoff or Plymouth/Santander. The last time I checked it was cheaper to drive through France but not by much. We would use the Santander ferry in preference and just take the ferry as part of the holiday, a sort of mini-cruise. The "posh" restaurant on board is quite good. We have had one rough crossing but the boat didn't sink and at the right time of year there is the chance of seeing whales and dolphins.
     
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    Hi

    Three weeks ago we did the Hull Zeebrugge crossing as the Bay of Biscay was looking a bit choppy and we didn't fancy it after reading stories like the one earlier on this thread.

    As it happens we had a nice trip down through France, we kept off most of the toll roads and stayed in a couple of nice free Aires on the way, and of course being in the North East of UK we prefer to drive to Hull rather than the South Coast so it works for us.

    Martin
     
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    We live in North Devon and have used the Plymouth/Santander ferry lots of times only had one really bad crossing.And yes the "posh" restaurant is great:Smile:
     
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    I'm not posh so take some sarnies, you must be rich on here :RollEyes::Wink:
     
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    Didn't really intend a long trip this year but after the horrible winter we've had we decided we needed some sun and on the spare of the moment came up with Portugal in May so booked a return trip Portsmouth / Santander.
    To be honest I'm a bit "Franced out" and the thought of the long drive didn't appeal - I did cost the various alternative routes and the additional cost of the long sailing was not prohibitive.
    In the end each to his own - I've often driven across France and enjoyed it but not this year
     
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    No, skint, spend all my money on good food and wine. :RollEyes:
     
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    We enjoy the time to chill for 24 hours on the ferry mini cruise to Northern Spain and no worries of adverse weather through France in winter.
    Summer would of course be different :thumb:
     
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