Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Setting Sail for a Budget Getaway by Ferry

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Setting Sail for a Budget Getaway by Ferry

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FAMILIES can still afford a great summer holiday abroad if they grab a ferry bargain and drive to their holiday destination, a major campaign claims.

In National Ferry Fortnight, running until next Saturday, ferry operators promise a range of special deals to slash travel costs. They include 'kids go free' offers on Brittany Ferries sailings to France, Irish Ferries and on Stena Line sailings to Ireland and Holland.

Brittany Ferries reckons its deal, including the peak school holiday period, could be worth a Pounds 180 saving, including the offer of free day cabins for some travellers.

Mike Bevens, a Brittany Ferries director, says: "National Ferry Fortnight is a great way for the ferry industry to work together to convey to the public the very real benefits of ferry travel."

DFDS Seaways offers 20 per cent off ferry crossings to France, Holland and Denmark - valid for all bookings by March 16 on Dover to Dunkirk, Dover to Calais, Newcastle to Amsterdam, Harwich to Esbjerg, Newhaven to Dieppe, and Portsmouth to Le Havre crossings, on selected departures until October 31.

This deal means ferry tickets for a car and up to four passengers start at less than Pounds 24 each way on the Channel and Pounds 116 each way for a car and four passengers on the North Sea.

DFDS Seaways also offers a 40 per cent discount on two-night mini cruises to Amsterdam, so short getaways start at Pounds 47 per person.

DFDS Seaways director Max Foster says: "Many people new to ferry travel, or who haven't used a ferry for a long time, are pleasantly surprised by the smooth, hassle-free experience, compared to other international transport these days."

Britain's ferry network of 75 routes provides more than 178,000 sailings annually across the Channel, North Sea, Irish Sea and Bay of Biscay to link mainland Britain to France, Denmark, Holland, Ireland and Spain, plus the Channel Islands, Isle of Wight, Isle of Man and the Scottish islands. …

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