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Re: Are the ferries reducing their fares?

Hi

They are not refunding anything apart from the £10 thay over charge me, when I telephone they quoted £70, but charged £80.

So the return journey cost us £134 odd.

 

Colin


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Re: Are the ferries reducing their fares?

So the return journey cost us £134 odd.

Which is what you would typically pay for a late booking in August.

You in fact paid your original fare +late booking premium+ £10 admin

 


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Re: Are the ferries reducing their fares?

Well a lot of you sound pretty fed up with these prices but compared to what people were paying in August last year and the year before I think these are pretty reasonable prices.
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I have some sympathy with ColinE despite the fact that the terms were as he (and we all) agree to at the time of booking. I was booked to come back on the Shuttle the day after the fire. I called them to ask what was happening to be told that my booking was effectively cancelled and I had to make my own arrangements for a return ferry. Eurotunnel were making arrangements for clients to be carried by the Ferry companies on the day of the fire (Friday) but subsequently travellers were on their own. I would get a refund of the price I had paid for my ticket.

No chance for me to charge them an amendment fee. My ticket was a frequent traveller and had cost me £59. The ferry that I booked cost me £160 - last minute bookings don't come cheap. Admittedly I elected to come back Cherbourg to Poole as there was little point in driving all the way to Calais to take a ferry and in any case I had been told that the Calais ferries were full. These were the T&Cs I signed up to so I'm not complaining other than to make the comment that they are one sided. Unfortunately this was the first trip on a new batch of 10 tickets so I've now got 9 tickets to use and am hoping the Tunnel will be open for normal business in sufficient time for me to use them.

I prefer to look on the bright side as there were a number of positives - at least nobody was killed in the fire, in order to arrange return bookings we joined our local library in France to get internet access and found they have a great range of local information books. Perhaps best of all we had not used the Cherbourg-Poole route before and found it a real joy. Return in the evening and home for bed and a very good dinner in the restaurant made for a much more relaxing return trip. At that price we won't be using it too often but if we can get lower prices by booking ahead will do so.


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Alan
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Re: Are the ferries reducing their fares?

As a general rule, you will probably get better prices with LD Lines when booking well in advance. The opposite often applies with Brittany Ferries, as I often hear of people checking fares after booking and finding prices are slightly lower. If BF has spare capacity the company will sometimes reduce fares to fill the space; the system is driven by expected demand and actual supply. Bear in mind that with all ferries except the small high speed ones it's the freight traffic that provides the bulk of the income. You and I are either a bonus or an inconvenience, depending on company policy. That's why you don't get the same 'seat sales' offered by budget airlines. You did in the days of duty free sales, but that was a different situation altogether.

LD Lines tends to follow its terms and conditions to the letter as far as amendments are concerned - but can sometimes be sympathetic if you speak to the right person.

I have had some very good fares with BF for crossings booked at the last minute, and have also made changes to bookings; even getting a refund when the new voyage is in a lower price band than the old.

With the cost of oil at its current high level - and environmental regulations in force in the Channel, North Sea and Baltic dictating the use of low-sulphur fuels rather than the cheaper bunker fuel permitted in mid-Ocean - ferry prices are highly unlikely to fall.


Will

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We used to live not that far from Will and one of the so called benefits was to get to Caen Cherbourg Le Havre and if needed St Malo pretty quickly.  Less than an hour in most cases and thus day crossings and as a traveller member 'free' cabins for day crossings.

Now the Vendee and to catch the 09.00 crossing its up at a very early hour to get to Caen.  The say the afternoon crossing back say 22h.00 in Caen then perhaps driving in the dark say 03h.00 getting home.  As I am getting older driving in the dark is a very real pain.

The end result is that cabins overnight both ways and coming back to St Malo so about 2 and a bit hours to home overall cost now £350 even in October November.  Thus a disadvantage in costs but I have to say the weather here and the cultural side is better than where we lived in Normandie but at the same time Normandie is wonderful and has lots of attractions that the Vendee does not.

However travelling home is now a problem especially as La Rochelle is effectively close to aircraft for the winter.


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We travelled back BF Caen to Portsmouth on Thursday afternoon - the boat was packed, so much so that I could not get the door of my vehicle open sufficiently to get into the driver's seat until the car in the next row moved!  Obviously they are filling up because of the tunnel problem, so they are doing well.

 

 


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