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userCaddies104
Posted: 1 January 2019 1:35 PM
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Hi
Has anyone seen the prices this year, gone up around £50 from last year. Normally pay between £100-£120, the cheapest I can find for Dover/Calais return is £166 with CMC and P&O..
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Posted: 1 January 2019 3:47 PM
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Often the Caravan and Motorhome Club have a deal with DFDS, but details have not been published yet for 2019. I did ask by telephone last week and they were a bit non-committal, but it may be worth hanging on until the next issue of the club magazine before doing any booking (that's what I am doing).
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Posted: 1 January 2019 4:36 PM
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Frequent traveller on the tunnel still £58, £18 per dog.
Share five return trips. Needn't be anyone you know, just another motorhomer.
userBruceM
Posted: 1 January 2019 4:38 PM
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I first came across the price hike in December and originally thought it was a winter holiday temporary hike but looking forward to February which in the past has been a cheap travel period, I note that the prices are still inflated. Oil is low at the moment so the hike seems unlikely to be justified by increased running costs. I guess it might be a precaution against a ‘hard brexit’ ie if the sterling exchange rate decreases further then fuel costs increase and the return on investment to foreign investors decreases in value; likewise there might be lower throughput at the ports which would reduce income/cash flow. Alternatively it might just be an opportunistic attempt to see what the market will stand and how competitors react. It would be interesting to know if haulage rates have increased in a similar fashion. P&O incidentally are owned by Carnival Corporation & plc and is basically a US/UK company (dual listing) with Carnival Corporation the dominant partner.
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Posted: 1 January 2019 5:46 PM
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Put the same dates into compare this year's August/September Stena Line Harwich > Hook of Holland > Harwich and increased from £216 to £238.

Could be worse.
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Posted: 1 January 2019 6:06 PM
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BruceM - 2019-01-01 4:38 PM

...P&O incidentally are owned by Carnival Corporation & plc and is basically a US/UK company (dual listing) with Carnival Corporation the dominant partner.


I believe this is the case where P&O’s cruise operations are concerned

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnival_Corporation_%26_plc

but apparently P&O Ferries is a different entity

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%26O_Ferries
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Posted: 1 January 2019 8:10 PM
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Billggski - 2019-01-01 4:36 PM

Frequent traveller on the tunnel still £58, £18 per dog.
Share five return trips. Needn't be anyone you know, just another motorhomer.


Cheaper with Tesco vouchers, but still £18/dog!
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Posted: 1 January 2019 8:39 PM
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Derek Uzzell - 2019-01-01 6:06 PM

I believe this is the case where P&O’s cruise operations are concerned

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnival_Corporation_%26_plc

but apparently P&O Ferries is a different entity

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%26O_Ferries


Quite right.

British registered as a private limited company and as of 2016 with one shareholder namely Dubai Ferry Holdings Ltd . A number of the directors are based in the United Arab Emirates so that tallies.
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Posted: 1 January 2019 8:50 PM
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Have you tried getting a quote from Seaborne?
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Posted: 1 January 2019 9:15 PM
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Have you tried getting a quote from Seaborne?


.......Might just as well ask your Ferry Godmother......

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Posted: 1 January 2019 10:55 PM
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Robinhood - 2019-01-01 9:15 PM

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Have you tried getting a quote from Seaborne?


.......Might just as well ask your Ferry Godmother......


That "ship" sailed long back with the rest of their Unicorns and Fairies!
userClive_Adams
Posted: 2 January 2019 7:02 AM
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Have been using the Ferries from the North East to Europe now for over 10 years at least half a dozen times per year, will be away tomorrow Hull Rotterdam, over that period I have seen them slowly increase in costs, and decrease in amenities and value for money. Obviously some are better than others, but most are highway robbery or should I say pirates?. To most intents and purposes you are captive, certainly in the school holidays, my only advice would be shop around and choose your travelling days you will be suprised at the difference.
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Posted: 2 January 2019 9:40 AM
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Think I need to start shopping at Tesco, but not one near us
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Posted: 2 January 2019 9:51 AM
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That is quite a jump since mid to late November. I payed £70 single to cross Dover Calais around the 4th December. Don’t panic, I’m sure our pay and pensions will increase inline

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Posted: 2 January 2019 12:18 PM
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With Tesco points you get £1 per £100 spent, which can be converted to £3 worth of tokens for the tunnel.
So to earn enough to get a return crossing in the summer you need to spend about £7,000.
(According to my "O" level grade 6)
userstarvin marvin
Posted: 2 January 2019 1:07 PM
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Caddies104 - 2019-01-02 9:40 AM

Think I need to start shopping at Tesco, but not one near us


Get a Tesco combined credit and club card, use it anywhere in the UK at no cost. Pay for anything and everything and you will soon rack up vouchers. Simples
userStewart Hendry
Posted: 3 January 2019 5:45 PM
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Hi , I’ve just booked a single Newhaven - Dieppe for end of April through C&CC £67.95. Never used this route before but looked, as the Dover -Calais route was dearer, and Portsmouth-Caen single was £171. Our motorhome is 6.6 mtrs long plus bike rack.
We are heading for Catalunia and whilst Caen is better located I’ll happily drive a few extra miles to save £100 (one way) which should pay for whatever visas the EU slaps on us after the “B” word happens.
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Posted: 8 January 2019 9:53 AM
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Hi
Just tried Newhaven to Dieppe via C&CC, well done on your price.... Ours one way at £152 or return £247! (7.3metres)
What time of day are you travelling?
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Posted: 8 January 2019 5:42 PM
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Hi, Looks like i did get a good deal. i booked on 30th Dec 18, and travel 26th April on 10am ferry.

There's my wife and I and no pets.

Regards, Stewart
userjohnval
Posted: 10 January 2019 9:29 AM
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book by phone at Newhaven and request over 60s discount of 20%
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Posted: 10 January 2019 10:41 PM
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I booked Portsmouth-Caen seven Months ago for this June, my van is 6m,cost £306 return,never used that crossing before so not sure how its changed from other years,went Hull Rotterdam Europort last September cost £320,used that crossing many times over the years. Portsmouth -Caen is a afternoon sailing return is early morning.

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Posted: 11 January 2019 3:45 PM
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Just booked Ferry to Spain in September for £784 with a cabin both ways (6.4m PVC) which was less than I was expecting. Cheaper than taking a short crossing and driving with two overnight stops and tolls.
userBasil
Posted: 12 January 2019 8:53 PM
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For the first time ever we have booked our crossings with Eurotunnel, until now it has always been much dearer than the ferries but this year it was cheaper at £58 each way at sensible times, against a best DFDS price of £79.50 each way on the same days but at silly times like 0600 or before.

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Posted: 12 January 2019 11:19 PM
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Basil - 2019-01-12 8:53 PM

For the first time ever we have booked our crossings with Eurotunnel, until now it has always been much dearer than the ferries but this year it was cheaper at £58 each way at sensible times, against a best DFDS price of £79.50 each way on the same days but at silly times like 0600 or before.

Bas

Out of amazement/interest as I can get nothing under £100 one way, what is the date and time if your crossing?
userColinM50
Posted: 13 January 2019 11:38 AM
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Basil - 2019-01-12 8:53 PM

For the first time ever we have booked our crossings with Eurotunnel, until now it has always been much dearer than the ferries but this year it was cheaper at £58 each way at sensible times, against a best DFDS price of £79.50 each way on the same days but at silly times like 0600 or before.

Bas

Out of amazement/interest as I can get nothing under £100 one way, what is the date and time if your crossing?


Ditto. Best I can find is £92 each way? |How did you do it for £58
userBasil
Posted: 13 January 2019 7:09 PM
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By using Frequent Traveller with a friend it is £46+£12 supplement for motorhome = £58 each crossing, as we go over twice at least as do our friends, who will probably use the remaining two crossings if we don't blag them for the Christmas markets next December!.
This is cheaper than DFDS, our normally used ferry operator even using their frequent traveller discount scheme and P&O. As said we check every year and this is the first time we have found Eurotunnel close to the ferry so the first time we have used it Timings are start of June crossing midday returning late June midday. and same in September.

The point being we have looked at this many times before and have never had to pay more than £95 return on DFDS but this year we couldn't get less than £129 return (approx. I can't remember actual figure, £79.?? one way and £79.?? and £49.?? the other at silly time i.e.00.05 in the morning) against £116 return on the tunnel at sensible times for us.

Perhaps you two could get together and do the same?

Bas

Edited by Basil 2019-01-13 7:14 PM
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Posted: 14 January 2019 1:32 PM
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The food is the best of all Brittany Ferries on Portsmouth Caen.

Edited by yoko8pups 2019-01-14 1:34 PM
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Posted: 14 January 2019 8:16 PM
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Good news
Checked our dates for a Dover/Calais with P&O crossing and now down to £140. getting better!
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Posted: 14 January 2019 8:42 PM
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I have just booked our 7.3m motorhome from Newhaven to Dieppe at 1100 on 27 March for £68.50. This is 20% off the advertised price for those over 60, and it only requires a phone call to get the discount. The C&MH Club doesn't have a deal with DFDS on this route, so this seems a good deal.
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Posted: 14 January 2019 9:29 PM
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I have a Tesco credit card but never shop in Tesco, just collect the points and use on Eurotunnel
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