Further Information on English Ferry Services and Operator Information
Portsmouth to Cherbourg - A new daily service operating between England and France using the vessel Norman Voyager chartered from LD Lines. The service departs from Portsmouth at 15:00 and arrives in Cherbourg at 20:30. take advantage of this new convenient service from Celtic Link and benefit from some fantastic value introductory rate ferry tickets available from Computicket.
Rosslare - Cherbourg - Celtic link's sole route links France and Ireland and runs three times a week with each trip taking around 18 hours. Celtic Link Ferries vehicle only ferry, The Diplomat serves the route.
Celtic Link Ferries operate a ferry route between Rosslare and Cherbourg for both freight and passengers offering a direct link between Ireland and France. There are a number of 2, 3, 4 & 5 bed cabins all located above sea level. All on board accommodation include ensuite bathroom facilities.
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Dover - Calais - P&O offer a large choice of crossings throughout the day between Dover to Calais, the most popular ferry crossing of the channel. There are 22 Crossings a day with an average crossing time of 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Hull - Rotterdam - Your Hull Rotterdam ferry is a fantastic link to Holland and also offers road links to Germany thanks to the city’s excellent motorway connections. There are 7 crossings a week with each taking around 11 hours.
Hull - Zeebrugge - Get the ferry to Zeebrugge in Belgium. This fantastic route to the continent is offered 7 times a week with a sailing time of 13 hours and 30 minutes.
Portsmouth - Bilbao - Avoid the airport and cruise to Spain! With departures every three days, for the majority of the year, taking the ferry from Portsmouth to Bilbao is a fantastic alternative to a flight. Start your holiday early with 3 crossings a week and a sailing time of 33 hours and 45 minutes.
Liverpool - Dublin (P&O Irish Sea) - Get the ferry direct from two of Europe's most popular cities, Dublin and Liverpool. P&O offer this ferry crossing 12 times a week with an average sailing time of 8 hours depending on conditions.
P &O stands The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, which is usually known as P&O, was a British shipping and logistics company which dates from the early 19th century. Its head office was in London. In March 2006 it was sold to Dubai Ports World for £3.9 billion.
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Stena Line offer two ferry routes direct from England. One on the east, traveling between Harwich and the Hook of Holland and one on the West travelling from Fleetwood direct to Larne in Northern Ireland, just 22 miles from the capital, Belfast.
Harwich - Hook of Holland - A fantastic alternative to Europe than the Dover Calais route. Reduce the amount of driving by getting the ferry direct to Holland between Harwich and the Hook of Holland. Stena offer 14 crossings a week with a crossing time of 6 hours and 30 minutes.
Fleetwood - Larne - Travel from the port of Fleetwood direct to Larne in Northern Ireland located just 22 miles from Belfast. Stena Line offers 4 crossings a day with a crossing time of 8 hours.
Stena Line is of the world's largest ferry operators, with ferry services serving England and many other European countries. Stena Line doubled in size in 1990 with the acquisition of Sealink British Ferries from Sea Containers Ltd. This first became Sealink Stena Line, then Stena Sealink Line and finally Stena Line (UK), which now operates all of Stena's ferry services between Great Britain and Ireland.
Stena Line was founded in, and is still operated from, Gothenburg, Sweden by Sten A. Olsson when he acquired Skagenlinjen between Gothenburg, Sweden and Fredrikshavn, Denmark in 1962.
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Newcastle - Amsterdam - DFDS Seaways offer a daily service connecting Newcastle in England with Amsterdam in Holland offering a relaxing way to travel between the two countries. DFDS offer a service with 2 ferries operating in alternate directions. The journey takes 15 hours and 30 minutes on board one of DFDS's Cruise Ferries.
Harwich - Esbjerg - This service between Harwich and Esbjerg is offered 3 - 5 times a week depending on the type of year. The only route from England directly to Denmark is offered onboard the luxury MS Dana Sirena. Once in Denmark there are excellent road links to both Sweden and Germany. Crossing times are around 18 hours and 15 minutes.
DFDS Seaways is the passenger-carrying division of DFDS A/S. It operates five cruiseferries and one ro-pax ferry on routes connecting Denmark to Norway; and the United Kingdom to the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway. In 2006 DFDS renewed their fleet, purchasing MS King of Scandinavia and MS Princess of Norway to replace the last ships dating from the 1970s still in service.
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Portsmouth - Le Havre - Located 100 miles apart, Portsmouth and Le Havre is a daily connection on offer from LD Lines and a fantastic alternative to the Dover Calais route. The route is operated on the vessel, The Norman Spirit and the crossing takes around 5 and a half hours.
Dover - Boulogne - A new service offered by LD lines reopening the route that was closed following the shutdown of Speed Ferries Dover Boulogne route in 2008. This service runs all year round with up to 4 crossings a day on offer and a crossing time of just 1 hour and 45 minutes on board the vessel Norman Spirit.
LD Lines are a French-owned shipping company offering freight and passenger services, with both deep-sea and ferry operations.. Their ferry routes are on the English Channel and Mediterranean Sea. LD Lines are the parent company of Transmanche Ferries.
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Brittany Ferries offer 7 popular services direct to France and Spain from 3 English ports, Poole, Portsmouth and Plymouth via high speed vessels, conventional ferries and luxury cruise ferries.
Portsmouth to Caen - Brittany Ferries offer either a high speed service with a journey time of 3 hours and 45 minutes, or a classic cruise service with a large range of onboard facilities. The classic cruise service takes 6 hours in the day and 7 hours overnight.
Portsmouth to St Malo - St Malo offers fantastic links to Brittany and Normandy, and nearby coastal destinations, the Loire and the Dordogne. There are 7 crossings a week with the journey taking 9 hours during the day and 10 hours and 45 minutes overnight.
Portsmouth to Cherbourg - A seasonal high speed daily service running from April to the start of November. The service takes just 3 hours.
Poole to Cherbourg - The shortest crossing on offer from Brittany Ferries. Choose from a high speed service taking just over 2 hours or a standard cruise ferry service taking 4 hours and 30 minutes in the day and 6 hours and 30 minutes at night.
Plymouth to Roscoff - Travel to the popular port of Roscoff. There are 2 crossings per day with the crossing taking 6 hours in the day and 8 hours at night.
Plymouth to Santander - The mv Pont-Aven from Brittany Ferries offers the fastest ferry service from the UK to Spain in just 20 hours . The MV Pont-Aven is Brittany Ferries flag ship, so expect a highly luxurious journey. This service runs once a week.
Portsmouth to Santander - Brittany Ferries offer weekly ferry service from Portsmouth to Santander.This new service, also on board the flagship MV Pont-Aven is the fastest ferry service to Northern Spain from Portsmouth taking just 24 hours. This service also runs once a week.
Brittany Ferries offer Classic Cruise ferries and High Speed ferry services that sail from Portsmouth, Poole and Plymouth to Cherbourg, Caen, Roscoff, St Malo in France and to Santander in northern Spain. Brittany Ferries ferry routes save you miles. They offer conveniently timed regular ferry departures take you much closer to all the best holiday and short break destinations in France and Spain, so saving you miles of unnecessary driving.
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Norfolkline operates three passenger ferry routes across the English channel and on the Irish Sea. Over two million people travel with Norfolkline Ferries every year, with a focus on offering low prices, quality ferries, and convenient schedules. Norfolkline is one of the most popular choices for ferries to France and Ireland.
Dover - Dunkerque - Cross the channel to France from Dover to Dunkerque on Norfolkline's cross channel ferries. Norfolkline ferries provides a fast and efficient car ferry crossing and a fantastic alternative to the standard Dover Calais crossing. There are 11 crossings a day with each taking around 2 hours.
Liverpool Birkenhead - Belfast - Norfolkline offer a popular ferry service between Liverpool and Belfast onboard 2 vessels, the Lagan Viking and the Mersey Viking. Crossing time takes around 8 hours with 13 Crossings a week and both day and night sailings available in both directions.
Liverpool - Dublin - A service is also on offer connecting England to the Republic of Ireland through Liverpool and Dublin. The Liverpool Viking and the Dublin Viking take you across the Irish Sea in 7 hours with 12 crossings on offer a week with both day and night departures on offer.
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Dover - Calais - SeaFrance is the only French owned cross-Channel ferry operator on the Dover to Calais route and currently offers up to 15 daily return crossings across its four strong passenger fleet. Ten of the 15 daily return crossings are operated by SeaFrance's two superferries, the award-winning SeaFrance Rodin and her sister ship, the SeaFrance Berlioz.
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Newhaven - Dieppe - Transmanche Ferries offer crossings between Newhaven and Dieppe connecting the closest ports to the capital cities of London and Paris. Operating up to three crossings per day with a journey time of about 4 hours.
Transmanche Ferries was set up by the Syndicat Mixte de Promotion de l’Activité Transmanche, in order to preserve the Dieppe-Newhaven link. In 2007, in the context of a Delegation of Public Ownership Services agreement, the running of Transmanche Ferries was handed over to Louis Dreyfus Armateurs whose LD Lines Company also operates cross channel services out of Le Havre.
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Condor Ferries offer a total of 9 routes (5 direct) departing from England. Choose to sail from 3 popular English Ports, Poole, Portsmouth and Weymouth to the Channel Island and France.
Poole - Guernsey - Condor Ferries offer fast ferry services from Poole to Guernsey taking just 2 hours and 40 minutes. This is a seasonal service from April to October. Out of season why not use the all season route from Weymouth.
Poole - Jersey - Fast ferry services from Poole to Jersey with a crossing time of just 3 hours. This is also a seasonal service running between April to October. Again, services run from Weymouth all year round.
Poole - St Malo (via Guernsey or Jersey) - Condor Ferries offer a seasonal fast ferry service from Poole to St. Malo between May and September. crossings take 4 hours and 50 minutes. For year round services, depart from nearby Weymouth.
Portsmouth - Cherbourg - A seasonal ferry service is offered between Portsmouth and Cherbourg on Sundays from July to September. The average crossing time for this route is 5 hours and 30 minutes.
Portsmouth - Guernsey - A daily conventional ferry service runs from Portsmouth to Guernsey every day of the week apart from Sunday. As the service runs on a large conventional ferry the journey takes around 7 hours.
Portsmouth - Jersey (via Guernsey) - The above route also runs on to Jersey. this extends the journey time by an additional 3 and a half hours. Whilst onboard keep entertained with a number of onboard facilities and duty free shopping.
Weymouth - Guernsey - A number of direct fast ferry services run from Weymouth to Guernsey, taking 2 hours and 10 minutes, all year round.
Weymouth - Jersey (via Guernsey) - Condor Ferries offers fast ferry services from Weymouth to Jersey with a travel time of 3 hours and 25 minutes.
Weymouth - St Malo (via Guernsey) - Travel between Weymouth and St. Malo all year round with Condor Ferries with a crossing time of 5 hours and 15 minutes.
Condor Ferries offer Ferries to France, Jersey and Guernsey. Condor Ferries is the fastest ferry crossing between Weymouth and Poole to Brittany. Their fast ferry from Weymouth and Poole and their conventional ferry from Portsmouth allow you to get to Guernsey, Jersey and France in no time.
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Isle of Man - Heysham - Steam packet offer this convenient crossing from Heysham on board Ben-my-Chree with a crossing time of around three and a half hours. Steam Packet offer 13 crossings per week on this route.
Isle of Man - Liverpool - Steam Packet offer 14 Crossings a week from Liverpool with a seasonal fast craft service with a journey time of 2 hours and 30 minutes as well as a standard weekend ferry service out of season with a longer journey time.
Isle of Man Steam Packet Ferries provide freight, passenger and vehicle services between the port of Douglas and four ports in England, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
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Wight Link have routes of operating the ferries to the Isle of Wight. Every year Wight Link carry over 5 million passengers. Wight Link offer 3 routes from Mainland England to the Isle of Wight.
Portsmouth - Fishbourne - This route from Portsmouth to Fishbourne is on offer to foot passengers and passengers travelling with a vehicle. Wight Link offer 12 crossings a day with each crossing taking 40 minutes.
Portsmouth - Ryde - This fast ferry service links the Ryde Isle of Wight with Portsmouth in England Mainland in just 15 minutes. This is a Passenger only Ferry service that runs 32 times a day.
Lymington - Yarmouth - This is a Car and Passenger Ferry crossing - This service runs 17 times a day and makes the route between Lymington and Yarmouth just 30 minutes.
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Ramsgate - Ostend - Transeuropa Ferries cross the channel 4 times a day, providing the only direct channel crossing between England and Belgium from the ports of Ramsgate and Ostend. The journey takes around 4 hours onboard one of their 5 vessels. Please note, this route is only for passengers travelling with vehicles, no foot passengers.
Transeuropa Ferries is the cross channel division of Transeuropa Shipping Lines
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Southsea - Ryde - Hovertravel operates between Southsea Common, next to Clarence Pier, and Ryde Transport Interchange. Terminal facilities are provided at both ends, and services run every 30 minutes during daylight hours. However, in high season (generally July and August) the frequency increases to every 15 minutes or less. The crossing time is less than 10 minutes, and is therefore the fastest route across The Solent from land to land.
Hovertravel is a ferry company operating from Southsea, Portsmouth to Ryde, Isle of Wight, UK. They are the only company operating in Britain with passenger hovercraft, after Hoverspeed stopped using their craft in favour of catamarans. Hovertravel are now the world's oldest hovercraft operator.
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SpeedFerries no longer operates it's service. The Dover - Boulogne Service is now offered by by LD Lines. See below.
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England Tourist Information
England is the largest and most populous country of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population while its mainland territory occupies most of the southern two-thirds of the island of Great Britain. England shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west and elsewhere is bordered by the North Sea, Irish Sea, Celtic Sea, Bristol Channel and English Channel. The capital is London, the largest urban area in Great Britain, and the largest urban zone in the European Union.
England has a temperate climate, with plentiful rainfall all year round, although the seasons are quite variable in temperature. However, temperatures rarely fall below −5 °C (23 °F) or rise above 30 °C (86 °F). The prevailing wind is from the south-west, bringing mild and wet weather to England regularly from the Atlantic Ocean. It is driest in the east and warmest in the south, which is closest to the European mainland. Snowfall can occur in winter and early spring, although it is not that common away from high ground.
Although highly regarded in the Middle Ages, English cuisine later became a source of fun among Britain's French and European neighbors, being viewed until the late 20th century as crude and unsophisticated by comparison with continental tastes. However, with the influx of non-European immigrants (particularly those of south and east Asian origins) from the 1950s onwards, the English diet was transformed. Indian and Chinese cuisine in particular were absorbed into British culinary life, with restaurants and takeaways appearing in almost every town in Britain, and 'going for an Indian' becoming a regular part of British social life. A distinct hybrid food style composed of dishes of Asian origin, but adapted to British tastes, emerged and was subsequently exported to other parts of the world. Many of the well-known Indian dishes in the western world, such as Tikka Masala and Balti, are in fact dishes of this sort.
The Port Of Dover is the cross-channel port situated in Dover, south-east England. It is the nearest English port to France, at just 34 kilometers (21 miles) away, and one of Europe's largest passenger ports, with 14 million travelers, 700,000 trucks, 1.6 million cars and motorcycles and 118,000 buses passing through it each year, raising £15.5 billion a year.