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Celebrating National Ferry Fortnight with top offers

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: March 06, 2013

By STEPHEN SINFIELD

  • National Ferry Fortnight 2013

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National Ferry Fortnight

March 2 - 16, 2013

BRITAIN’S annual National Ferry Fortnight will take place between March 2 and 16.

Now in its fifth year the campaign has been growing steadily since launching in 2008.

Supported by the 13 ferry line members of DiscoverFerries.com, the consumer facing website of the Passenger Shipping Association — the two week showcase was created to heighten consumer and media awareness of Britain’s extensive ferry services of more than 50 routes.

This year, National Ferry Fortnight urges ferry operators and passengers alike to get ‘ferry familiar’ and encourages consumers to experience the ease, value and flexibility of ferry travel.

More than 34 million passengers travel by ferry annually and ferry companies have invested millions in modern, versatile fleets and upgraded services.

With spas, first-class lounges and fine dining restaurants onboard some ships, now is the time for passengers to jump onboard and discover the new face of ferries.

Central to the campaign will be a series of promotional offers on ferry routes to France, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Spain, Ireland, UK, the Channel Islands, Isle of Wight, Isle of Man and Scottish islands which will be announced by the PSA and promoted on www.discoverferries.com.

PSA director, Bill Gibbons said: “Britain’s ferry services offer a reliable and flexible way to travel and represent great value.

“We’ve chosen the new theme ‘ferry familiar’ to encourage even more people to get onboard and try ferry travel for the first time — having sailed once, we’re sure they will see the great benefits of ferry travel which include no hidden costs.

National Ferry Fortnight offers a real showcase for our industry to highlight the huge investment that has been committed to providing a relaxed and versatile way of travel, particularly for families in their cars.”

To get ‘ferry familiar’, watch out for details of special National Ferry Fortnight offers released nearer the date on www.discoverferries.com/nff2013

TOP OFFERS

Brittany Ferries is taking kids for free to France for all bookings made during National Ferry Fortnight. This great family offer is valid for travel between March 2 and 31 December 31 — including during school holidays. Book before 16 March 2013. For more information or to book please visit www.brittanyferries.com/nff or call 0871 244 1400 quoting account number 613354.

Take the whole family to Ireland for the year of The Gathering. Kids Go Free on all Irish Ferries services between Britain and Ireland, saving £30 per child on a return trip. The offer applies to up to four children up to 15 years old travelling on any sailing before 20 December 2013 (including peak season). The offer must be booked by March 19. Quote NFF10 when booking by phone: 08717 300 400, or visit www.irishferries.com/nff

Load up the kids and the car this summer with Isle of Man Steam Packet Company and enjoy a ferry trip for less as a car and two adults can travel one way for £119, while up to three children can go free.

This offer is available on all scheduled sailings on Belfast and Dublin to Isle of Man routes and on mid-week travel on Heysham and Liverpool routes between 9 July and 5 September 2013.

For more information, visit www.steam-packet.com/Offers/KidsCanGoFree.

Treat the kids to trips to Ireland, Britain and Holland for free with Stena Line. Available on travel between March 16 and January 5 and must be booked before March 16, for more information please visit www.stenaline.co.uk/NFF or call 08447 707070.

MONEY OFF OFFERS

Get half-price day trips to the Channel Islands wit3wh Condor Ferries, available on travel until July 17.

Booking must be made during National Ferry Fortnight, between March 2 and 16.

For more information please visit www.condorferries.co.uk/special-offers/all-offers.aspx.

Enjoy 20 per cent off all ferry crossings booked during National Ferry Fortnight with DFDS Seaways on Dover–Dunkirk, Dover–Calais, Newcastle–Amsterdam, Harwich–Esbjerg, Newhaven–Dieppe and Portsmouth–Le Havre routes. Plus, get a whole 40 per cent off two night mini-cruises from Newcastle to Amsterdam or from Harwich to Esbjerg. Bookings must be made between March 2 and 16 for travel on selected departures until October 31.

For more information, visit www.dfds.co.uk/ferryfortnight or telephone 0871 574 7235.

Irish Ferries are offering money off whole holidays this National Ferry Fortnight with 15 per cent off seven night self-drive package holidays at featured holiday cottages, along with free places for children.

Packages include return ferry crossings from Holyhead to Dublin or Pembroke to Rosslare with a family car and passengers. The offer is available to book by March 31 for travel until August 31, 2013. Quote NFF10 when booking by phone on 08717 300 400, or visit www.irishferries.com/nff.

Get 20 per cent off vehicle ferry travel for trips that are two nights away or more with Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries, plus one free main meal or a breakfast on the outward journey. Trips must be taken before August 31 and the offer is valid when booking online via www.redfunnel.co.uk/nff any time during National Ferry Fortnight (March 2-16).

Added value offers: kids eat free, free attraction ticket and half-price upgrades

To celebrate National Ferry Fortnight, MyFerryLink is offering a free children’s meal for every adult meal purchased in the modern and airy Le Relais restaurant, on their Dover-Calais route.

The offer is valid for travel until April 14 and must be booked during National Ferry Fortnight. For more information call 0844 2482 100 or visit www.myferrylink.com/nff

Get the most out of ferry crossings with these added value offers from P&O Ferries. Enjoy half price entry into Club Lounge and half price Club Cabin upgrades, as well as 10 per cent off onboard meals on applicable routes. For more information, please visit www.POferries.com/ferryfortnight.

Make the most of the best family attractions on the Isle of Wight with Wightlink. For all bookings made during National Ferry Fortnight for a day return for a car and four passengers, get a free entry to one of 18 Isle of Wight attractions.

This offer is available on selected sailings up to March 31, 2014 and is subject to opening times of the individual attractions. For more information visit www.wightlink.co.uk/NFF.

LD Lines is offering special fares on its French route from St-Nazaire (Nantes) to Gijón route on travel from April 2013. Price starts from £96 for a crossing only, and from £146 for an inside cabin, one way, for a standard car and two passengers.

For more information or to book please visit www.ldlines.com.NDS

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