Ferries: different number of passengers inbound/outbound?

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  1. Grianan

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    We’re wanting to bring my son’s exchange partner back with us on the ferry when we return from Germany as he’s staying here for a couple of months to get fluent in English.

    The CMC say we can’t have 4 people returning if only 3 go out. They’re happy to add him both ways but not just one.

    We’ll ring P&O direct tomorrow but interested if anyone had to do this and how they got round it?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Larby

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    Book two single crossings and not a return ?
     
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    Just book him as a foot passenger if P&O won't play if you deal directly with them. You will have to drop him off at the port entrance and do the reverse when you arrive. Obviously you can meet up on the ferry. :)
     
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    Book him as a foot passenger single journey and just drop him off at the terminal and pick him up from terminal the other side ?
    He can obviously join you on the crossing but would just have to get on and off the boat on his own.
    Edit, I think he could leave the boat with you in your vehicle as number of people in vehicle not checked on leaving.
     
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  5. Grianan

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    Thanks. We’ll try booking him as a foot passenger but he’s only 15 and I don’t think they allow unaccompanied minors.

    The two singles would have been an excellent idea if this hadn’t been an afterthought ... were already booked as a return.

    He may have to fly over ... there are a couple of airlines who still take under 16s. Rules seem to have changed in last 12 months. Mits causing problems with our school exchanges as our more experienced kids travel on their own tickets quite a lot.
     
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    That’s a pain, I think you are correct, ferries are not allowed to take unaccompanied under 16s. The fact is though that he won’t be unaccompanied so that’s frustrating.
     
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    2 years ago we did Hull to Zeebrugge return, on the way out it was just the two of us as we where collecting Sophie and her boyfriend up at the end of his Interrailing holiday.

    We booked two on way out and 4 way back, if I remember correctly you can tick the box for different details for return journey.
     
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  8. Grianan

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    Thanks I’m hopeful that contacting P&O direct may help ...
     
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    What Lenny says... Just book him on the outward journey.
    If asked he is simply not travelling.. I have done this before and no issues when family have flew out and then travelled back in the motorhome with us.
     
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    I did this a few years back, went to the Spa Grand Prix. We went out on the Dover Calais ferry, and did a tour, and eventually collected my brothers, who flew out to Luxembourg. After the GP we all went back on the ferry, it wasn't an issue!
    If P&O are being weird, I'd do as above, what are they going to do at check-in, insist you find some extra passengers? I'm sure you can find some outside the port if they really insist! :D
     
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    OH suggested that but CMC said it would at best cause a hold up and at worst we may not be allowed to travel if the party was not as booked :eek:
     
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    Another reason why I'm not a member of that so called "club"..
    Can only state my experience, we always book direct via ferry website.
     
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    That's just nonsense. I usually travel solo + dog via Dunkirk ,which has no foot passengers. I picked up a hitch hiker some years back & just told them at the check in +1.No problems.
     
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    Done this loads with DFDS, never had an issue, 2 out 4 back, 8 out, 2 back, etc. Even had folk jump in and just check in at docks, as long as it was not more than the 'up to ' number of passengers.
     
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    As one reply above, buy a foot passenger ticket.
     
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    Buy the foot passenger ticket, but let an adult in the party use it to board, and the 15 year old travels in the car. As stated no checks on leaving the boat, so no problem there.

    Malcolm
     
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    Hide him in the loo.;);)



    He has got a passport hasn't he?
     
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    This is what I would do.. :)
     
  20. Grianan

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    Yes he has, A German one. He even looks vaguely like his photo :LOL:
     
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