Why Are The Cross Channel Ferries So Expensive?

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  1. cydersyd

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    I have been crossing the Channel for years now with a 7 metre van 2 adults plus dog and never paid more than £100 (round figures) return. Period January until April.
    I would have expected, with the fall in oil prices that ferry costs would remain the same or fall.
    Todays enquiry reveals £124 DFDS yet a pop up advert invites a long term stay for £35.00 for a car+9.
    Are we being seen off again?

    Rant over!
     
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    The new ECA (emission control area) sulphur regulations have a lot to do with the prices going up. Ferries will not be able to burn residual fuels (heavy fuel oil) as before but will have to burn distillate fuel (diesel) instead to meet the legal requirements. Distillates are considerably more expensive
     
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    It's a free market and supply and demand is king.
     
  4. cydersyd

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    Acceptable and sensible answer, thank you Dux Delux.
     
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    Wot he said
     
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  6. DuxDeluxe

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    Thanks - ships bunker fuel quality is a major part of my job.........;)
     
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    So your still a taster then ? ;)
     
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    Been called a lot worse........
     
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    Yessss.. but this is a family site ( and we do not want to stir up the 'Lincoln Lot' again !
     
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    We tried to book a return crossing from Portsmouth to Caen during half-term at the end of this month. We wanted 2 x 4 bed cabins for 4 adults and 1 child for overnight crossing with our 6.5 metre van.

    I am a member of the Brittany Ferries Club Voyage club thingy so I get a discount. Even so, they wanted £722.00 for the return crossing. Needless to say, we are not going and will be in Cornwall and Dorset instead!
     
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    All makes the tunnel more inviteing at about £180 return, no need for cabins or owt, can be there in less than an hour from going through the gates
     
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    Yeah, but for us it's 500 miles plus extra and 2 nights on sites to get to the same place :(
     
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    I wish I had an exciting job like that.
     
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    Realise that but even so £100 of diesel and two free aires is still a long way off that ferry price, plus the cost of sites in Devon and Cornwall and you won't get there without useing a fair drop of diesel, not knocking your decision , everyone is entitled to do as they like , just com pairing costs;)
     
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    I was reading elsewhere that whilst DFDS and myferrylink have traditionally been the cheapest operators from Dover in recent times, suddenly P&O are offering better fares just at the moment.

    Not sure if it's true, but worth checking. Also see what either of the clubs (CC & C&CC) or Alan Rogers (part of the CC I believe) can offer.

    Mike
     
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    P and o were the cheapest we could find in May , haven't checked since as we prefer tunnel with tesco vouchers;)
     
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    i use brittany ferries ,this year portsmouth to santander /return santander to plymouth . with the clubvoyage 389quid .have to play around abit with the dates . thats for seats not cabins .
    but living in cornwall i cant drive to dover and through france there and back for that money . its 350mls to dover .
     
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    So, your holiday only starts at your destination then.......mine starts when I turn the key on our drive no matter where we are going.
     
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    some of us dont do holidays ...
    we just do living . hee hee.
     
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    Even before the new emission regs I could never see how it was possible to run a ferry at the old rates, and at the same time make enough money to replace the ship. Pay staff costs onshore as well as onboard, pay fuel costs and depreciation costs. Then whatever port costs they have to pay both sides, insurance etc etc.
     
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