Sunday, 10 June 2012
Travelling cheaply by ferry
Hello Dear Reader,
In response to the requests; here's my froogy guide to how to travel by car ferry from Plymouth to Roscoff in Brittany. First of all there is the booking. You can book almost a year in advance, usually November the year before, for let's say July the following year. You'll need to book well in advance if you want a family sized cabin, because most cabins are only two berth. If you have no children and a stronger constitution than DB and I , you can just book a reclining seat each. That's the cheapest option. If you travel by day, you don't need to book a cabin or seat and that is by far the cheapest option. Google the name of the ferry company and go to their website for prices and time tables.
Food - We travel by night so don't take any thing and usually just buy a cup of tea on the way out. We bought something to eat on the return and it was highly priced, but not the rip off it could be with a captive audience. In the day, families take big picnics as it would be unaffordable for a family of six or more to buy food in the cafes and bars on the ferry. We've done this ourselves.
Arrival - We choose to arrive really early, then we watch a film or read. We would rather wait for two hours in advance to be one of the first ones off the ferry when we arrive home in Plymouth. We live thirty minutes from the port and were home 7.15 this morning. On arrival, you will go into a queue and go through passport control, who will then give you a boarding pass, which you hang on the rear view mirror and keys for your cabin, which look like thick card credit cards which you insert in and out of the cabin door to get in.
Getting onto the ferry.- You will be marshalled onto the ferry by the staff in smart airport like attire. They will tell you which lane to drive in, which deck to drive to and where to park - 'exactement!' - You will be parked bumper to bumper and at peak times, there is no gap between one car and the next, so jump out quickly before another can jams you in.
The cabins - Your cabin can be found by checking your ticket in advance. The first number tells you which floor it is on and the other numbers tell you which cabin number. You can adjust the temperature of your cabin. It has two bunks, one of which you will need to pull down and there is a ladder to the top bunk. The beds will be all made up waiting for you. Towels and toiletries are provided inside the ensuite shower room.
I'll add more information tomorrow, I hope the short film helps - Please ignore the fire at the end......I was trying to take a photo.
Love Froogs xxxxx