Seafrance vs P&O

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Seafrance vs P&O

Post by newstylerocka » Thu Mar 27, 2008 1:51 pm

Heading out to the alps soon and have found that Seafrance is a lot cheaper to travel with than P&O this is with roof rack etc. Is there any particular reason why?

Has anyone travelled with Seafrance? what are they like?

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Post by DaveWortley » Thu Mar 27, 2008 2:10 pm

If you want even cheaper, look at Norfolk Line from Dover to Dunkerque. Slightly further out of the way, but not by much and can save a lot, plus they have some really nice boats.

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Re: Seafrance vs P&O

Post by ChrisMac » Thu Mar 27, 2008 2:14 pm

newstylerocka wrote:Heading out to the alps soon and have found that Seafrance is a lot cheaper to travel with than P&O this is with roof rack etc. Is there any particular reason why?

Has anyone travelled with Seafrance? what are they like?

Dale
Because Sea France are not part of rip off britain. I have used Sea France for many years and they have always been fine.

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Post by ChrisBainbridge » Thu Mar 27, 2008 2:21 pm

Also SeaFrance being French serve better food. Try to find their HGV drivers restuarant. Superb 3 course meal for a fiver. May have gone up since it is 2 years since I last used the route but heading out again in June with my new Hero.

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Post by newstylerocka » Thu Mar 27, 2008 2:24 pm

Thank-you for the quick responses, i'll check out Norfolk Line but Seafrance sounds very nice, :-)

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Post by Grumpy old man » Thu Mar 27, 2008 2:35 pm

Hi Dale
Make a holiday of it and go DFDS from Newcastle, saves that 750+ miles of English motorways, only about 70 miles further from the Alps on the other side( with cheaper fuel), have a few beers and a boogie and a good nights sleep on board and the best bit is on the way home drive off the boat and your home in 10 mins.
Have a good trip.

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Post by Adrian Cooper » Thu Mar 27, 2008 2:47 pm

Definitely NorfolkLine. Used them for the past 4 years in which time they have bought new boats but they are very competitive.

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Post by Dom c » Thu Mar 27, 2008 3:27 pm

Speed Ferries are about Half the price of P and O, Sea France, or Norfolk line.
I have used them a couple of times , with no problems at all..

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Post by BaldockBabe » Thu Mar 27, 2008 4:12 pm

I vote for Speed Ferries too.

They have the scarest loading and unloading system (not called Speed Ferries for nothing) and guys who call reversing females "love" but other than that they are fine :-)

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Post by Adrian Cooper » Thu Mar 27, 2008 4:40 pm

Dom c wrote:Speed Ferries are about Half the price of P and O, Sea France, or Norfolk line.
Interested by this comment I did a quick check on a hypothetical journey and Norfolk Line were cheaper. It is definitely worth shopping around between those mentioned.

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Post by adrian j pullin » Thu Mar 27, 2008 5:18 pm

Definitely shop around. There are deals on all the time. I have ended up using Sea France every time as they have had the best deals for my camper van & roof rack. Don't know about smaller cars, though. In a lot of cases, height is the issue but as my van is over any height limit anyway, I just stack everything on the roof.

Sea France food is good. It is worth getting up to eat quickly, so we always get sorted on the quay for a coat and a ruck sack each. Then we can just park up and go to eat. Makes it easier with the kids as well.

Have a good trip.
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Post by Dave @ TRC » Thu Mar 27, 2008 9:04 pm

Norfolk line top guys,
and as long as you booked three months in advance of your trip
If you turn up early they will let you swap ferry times free of charge.


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Post by Adrian Cooper » Thu Mar 27, 2008 10:10 pm

Dave @ TRC wrote:If you turn up early they will let you swap ferry times free of charge.
If they have space. I tried this last year and ended up kicking my heals in Dunkirk for most of a day.

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Post by Dave Thomas » Thu Mar 27, 2008 11:25 pm

Adrian Cooper wrote:
Dave @ TRC wrote:If you turn up early they will let you swap ferry times free of charge.
If they have space. I tried this last year and ended up kicking my heals in Dunkirk for most of a day.
I guess all the Dover operators do this. I've twice turned up early for SeaFrance (1 x Dover, 1 x Calais) and been offered the earlier sailing on checking in. Costs more if the earlier crossing is a higher-priced one, but that's fair enough.

Sea France are certainly good - particularly if you happen to get one of the 2 (maybe 3 by now) newer 'super-ferries'.
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Post by tape34 » Thu Mar 27, 2008 11:30 pm

Dave @ TRC wrote:Norfolk line top guys,
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Norfolkline under £40 return for vw transporter plus 4 people in July - amazing price!
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Post by canoeboy101 » Thu Mar 27, 2008 11:54 pm

Go norfolkine

I got a car and two passengers for 14 quid, bargain

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Post by Simon Westgarth » Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:13 am

Scumbag_Scout wrote:If you want even cheaper, look at Norfolk Line from Dover to Dunkerque. Slightly further out of the way, but not by much and can save a lot, plus they have some really nice boats.
I agree and are always helpful, so mainly use Norfolk lines

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Post by Mark B » Fri Mar 28, 2008 8:35 am

We looked at all the ferry operator prices for our trip to the alps. We ended up booking with Norfolk line as they were the cheapest.

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Post by boater rich » Fri Mar 28, 2008 10:12 am

For May 1/2 term the Eurotunnel was only £20 more than the cheapest ferry for a Friday (before a bankholiday) so we're going on the tunnel. 1/2 the journey time and more flexibility in departure times.

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Post by newstylerocka » Fri Mar 28, 2008 4:10 pm

Thank-you for all your lovely replys and opinions, they have helped me greatly,

If your wondering what I went for, it was ...............Seafrance! I like ferries and most be something about the water, lol

Thanks again

Dale

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