A ferry company has experienced it's best summer for three years. Brittany Ferries says it's passenger numbers during July and August reached 730,000 which is seven percent up on last year. The company says the growth is on all routes, which includes Portsmouth and Poole.
There is a revised service on Brittany Ferries between Portsmouth and Santander because of a technical problem. Between Friday 4th January and Saturday 9th February, sailings that run to and from Santander will instead run to and from Bilbao.
Arrival and check in times will remain the same at both Portsmouth and in Spain.
Brittany Ferries has just announced that it will keep its service from Poole to Cherbourg operating throughout next week in an attempt to ease the effects of the current strike.
The service was due to end on Sunday for the winter. The company says the route will give people an alternative. It will be extended to run until next Friday. It is not affected by the strike because it is run under contract by Condor Ferries who are not involved in the action.
Brittany Ferries says services from Portsmouth to Spain and France remain cancelled because of the wildcat action in France by workers angry at changes to working conditions.
Passengers of Brittany Ferries can use their tickets on services run by DFDS Seaways, the operator has said.
In light of the recent cancellations by Brittany Ferries, we are now accepting car passengers with valid Brittany Ferries tickets, booked prior to 20th September 2012, on our DFDS Seaways cross-Channel ferry routes. This includes both the Dover to Dunkirk and the Dover to Calais services. We would like to advise any car passengers with valid Brittany Ferries tickets for their cancelled routes, who would like to travel with us between Dover-France, that they should contact our UK reservations department on 0871 574 7241 in advance to secure their booking.”
– Chris Newey, Passenger Director for the English Channel at DFDS Seaways
To be eligible, when checking in, passengers must present their Brittany Ferries booking confirmation.
This offer is valid up to the 1800hrs (GMT) departure from Dover, the 1800 (CET) departure from Dunkirk and the 1800 (CET) departure from Calais on 28th September 2012, subject to availability.
Affected Brittany Ferries passengers can contact the DFDS Seaways UK reservations department on 0871 574 7241 in advance to secure their booking and confirm availability.