Holidaymakers no longer need to quarantine after returning from France, opening up the country to the opportunity to explore in your motorhome or caravan this summer. Irish Ferries is keen to invite guests onboard its new Dover to Calais service now that France has been moved to the UK’s amber list.
Marie McCarthy, passenger sales manager at Irish Ferries, told CaravanTimes: “Irish Ferries is delighted to finally welcome British caravan and motorhome owners on board Irish Ferries’ sailings to France. As the newest operator on the route, we’re providing an alternative option for travellers heading to the continent this summer and beyond.
“At Irish Ferries, we believe the holiday experience begins as soon as you leave the house. After packing all the holiday essentials into your car, caravan, or motorhome, set off to Dover Port and enjoy our smooth boarding process, before relaxing whilst on your journey to France. Travelling on the fully-refurbished Isle of Inishmore, passengers can make full use of the upgraded Club Class Lounge, with spectacular 360-degree sea views and dedicated seating.”
Ferries and caravan or motorhome holidays have always gone well together. The two modes of transport are particularly compatible when it comes to exploring destinations in Europe, where you can drive straight off the ferry and spend weeks travelling between the continent’s network of touring sites.
Many Brits have been wary of international travel since the pandemic and have bought leisure vehicles as an alternative to getting away. It does not have to be a case of either a foreign holiday or a caravan staycation, though, as the two can be effectively combined together.
Ms McCarthy added: “We know caravan and motorhome holidays have become increasingly popular over the last year, and now holidaymakers have the option to go beyond a staycation and extend their travels to a nearcation – reaching France by ferry in just 90 minutes.
“Europe offers a plethora of incredible road trips, with particularly memorable routes across France, Italy, Switzerland and Spain, all an achievable distance from Calais Port. Irish Ferries has competitive pricing, from £69 per car + driver, one way with a supplement of £130 for caravans under 8m in length. We look forward to welcoming you on board soon.”
Irish Ferries operates up to ten crossings a day, with plenty of entertainment options to enjoy, as well as free Wi-Fi. Its Travel Safe programme allows guests to check in from their own car and the option of booking a private cabin. Spacious communal areas and outdoor decks allow for social distancing and the chance to breathe in the fresh sea air.
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