All ferry services out of Britain to Europe, Ireland and the Isle of Wight are continuing to operate through the snow and ice with no significant delays, reports industry body The Passenger Shipping Association today (December 20).
Furthermore, operators remain confident that they can continue to provide a near-full service in the run up to Christmas, and even have some spare capacity for those considering new alternative transport routes for the festive break. In these uncertain times, ferry travel offers a flexible and reliable way to transport passengers and goods.
The key issue for ferry travellers is actually making sure they can access their chosen port safely by road or rail. Travellers should check that they are able to complete their entire journey before setting off to their port. Apart from this, ferry members of the PSA are reporting normal or near normal sailing schedules, with capacity still available on many routes for passengers not confident of being able to guarantee travel by air or tunnel.
"Our ferry company members are very experienced in continuing to provide scheduled services in testing weather conditions, and the snow and ice have, and are expected to have little effect on sailing schedules. People noticed how ferries came to the rescue in the ash cloud situation earlier this year, and it looks like ferries could also be welcome saviours this Christmas......just as long as passengers can get to their port of embarkation" said PSA director, Bill Gibbons.
Brittany Ferries are operating normally, with capacity between now and Christmas, so passengers wishing to travel to Spain and France can do so with confidence.
SeaFrance are reporting no delays, and also still have capacity for passengers wishing to travel in time for Christmas.
Stena Lines are not experimenting any problems so far and don’t expect any disruption to their services. There is still capacity available before Christmas and extra departures have been added on Boxing Day.
DFDS Seaways are operating normally on their North Sea routes of Newcastle-Amsterdam and Harwich-Esbjerg, on their Dover-Dunkirk Channel route, and on their Irish routes Liverpool-Belfast and Liverpool-Dublin, with limited passenger space still available pre-Christmas.
Irish Ferries from Holyhead to Dublin and Pembroke to Rosslare are operating at their normal high season frequency, with space available for all sailings.
Fastnet Line, which operates the Swansea – Cork route, will be operating a normal schedule as planned, including the Christmas/New Year period.
Whilst ferry operator, LD Lines, confirms their ferry services between Portsmouth and Le Havre, Newhaven – Dieppe and Ramsgate – Ostend are all operating normally as advertised and have car and passenger space available.
Even the fast Hovertravel service across the Solent has been operating normally at 90 minute intervals (every 15 minutes at peak), and will be operating up to, and including Christmas Eve (no Hovertravel services on Christmas and Boxing Day)
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