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Cheap ferry crossings on the Irish Sea - do they exist?

  • 01-05-2007 8:26pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 556 ✭✭✭ atlantean


    I posted this in here as I thought people here may be using ferries to cross the Irish Sea when they import a classic from the UK.

    I am supposed to be going over to the UK on the weekend of the 7th and 8th of July with a car.

    Can anyone recommend a cheap crossing? I seem to be coming up with about €270 :(


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 723 3ps


    what do you think is the answer?


  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 25,535 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Dades


    Have you tried all the carriers including the commercial ones? I brought a car back from France this year for not much more than that. Is that a single or return price?


  • Registered Users Posts: 128 ✭✭ Ballykine43


    you don't tell us where you will be in England or where you are trying to get to get back to in Ireland. Presumably you are flying there. Then its a case of balancing ferry costs against road miles. Worth keeping the driving down to cut the risks. Don't forget the Pembroke Rosslare crossing. Good access via the M4. Also if possible go for early Sunday morning crossings. Just got an internet quote of £99 sterling for that crossing, 2.30am on 8th July.


  • Registered Users Posts: 556 ✭✭✭ atlantean


    It is a return crossing from either Dublin, Dun Laoghaire or Rosslare, heading to England - Midlands/South!


  • Registered Users Posts: 827 PaulK_CCI


    atlantean wrote:
    I posted this in here as I thought people here may be using ferries to cross the Irish Sea when they import a classic from the UK.

    I am supposed to be going over to the UK on the weekend of the 7th and 8th of July with a car.

    Can anyone recommend a cheap crossing? I seem to be coming up with about €270 :(

    The Irish sea crossings are a rip off due to the Stena Line and Irish Ferries monopoly position.
    It costs me more to ship a car accross the Irish sea than to cross the North Sea, which is 3 times the distance and a nicer ship to boot!

    I use a crowd called Norse Merchant Ferries, which are now taken over by Norfolkline. (www.norfolkline-ferries.co.uk). They sail from Dublin/Belfast to Liverpool.

    Another crowd I would suggest checking out are Celtic Link Ferries (www.celticlinkferries.com). They operate the Cherbough-Rosslare link, but since January 2007 have started running a 2nd vessel on the Dublin-Liverpool route. Worth a try perhaps. These guys do mainly freight, but it means the rate might be more reasonable. The website makes no mention of the Dublin route but ring them anyway.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 556 ✭✭✭ atlantean


    Cheers for that PaulK


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators Posts: 17,022 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Henry Ford III


    I'm taking the RS on a tour of the Lake District, leaving tomorrow week. 100 Ford Escort MkI's and II's on it.

    I am on the Norfolk Line ferry overnight Friday and back overnight Sunday.

    The fare includes passage for car and 2 pax, dinner, breakfast, and a twin berth cabin with showers etc.

    Cost is €327. Considering you essentially get 2 nights dinner, & B&B for 2 people, and arrrive fresh and clean I reckon it's not bad at all. I booked through Travel Solutions in Belfast who offer good discounts on the route. btw.


  • Registered Users Posts: 556 ✭✭✭ atlantean


    I'm taking the RS on a tour of the Lake District, leaving tomorrow week. 100 Ford Escort MkI's and II's on it.

    I am on the Norfolk Line ferry overnight Friday and back overnight Sunday.

    The fare includes passage for car and 2 pax, dinner, breakfast, and a twin berth cabin with showers etc.

    Cost is €327. Considering you essentially get 2 nights dinner, & B&B for 2 people, and arrrive fresh and clean I reckon it's not bad at all. I booked through Travel Solutions in Belfast who offer good discounts on the route. btw.
    Not bad at all compared to the €270 I was quoted on Stena for 1 passenger with no food, or anything else!

    Worth thinking about ;)


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators Posts: 17,022 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Henry Ford III


    PaulK_CCI wrote:
    Another crowd I would suggest checking out are Celtic Link Ferries (www.celticlinkferries.com. They operate the Cherbough-Rosslare link, but since January 2007 have started running a 2nd vessel on the Dublin-Liverpool route. Worth a try perhaps. These guys do mainly freight, but it means the rate might be more reasonable. The website makes no mention of the Dublin route but ring them anyway.

    I just did. Freight only :(


  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 25,535 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Dades


    I just did. Freight only :(
    I used Celtic Ferries for just a car from France.

    Do they have a different policy for the Anglo/Irish route I wonder?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,838 ✭✭✭ neacy69


    I use a crowd called Norse Merchant Ferries, which are now taken over by Norfolkline. (www.norfolkline-ferries.co.uk). They sail from Dublin/Belfast to Liverpool.

    Anytime I checked norse merchant they seemed fairly reasonable but we had to use irish ferries because of sailing times the last time my dad was over


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 17,738 ✭✭✭✭ corktina


    july and august prices are extraordinary...i just booked for next week for £89 one way....if €270 is return it isnt actually bad.....about £100 each way....are you insured with AXA....? special rate applies....
    www.stenaline.ie/axaplus
    i forgot to use this link myself when i booked. doh


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators Posts: 17,022 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Henry Ford III


    I used Celtic Ferries for just a car from France.

    Do they have a different policy for the Anglo/Irish route I wonder?

    Yes. Freight only.


  • Registered Users Posts: 25 ✭✭✭ klipdrift


    Just had a quote from one of the "monolopy" operators..........6m m/home Rosslare/Fishguard Aug 3rd > 6th £448 sterling...............yes, it is the most expensive bit of sea crossing in the world...!!!!


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