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Channel Tunnel Vs Ferries - your views

Discussion in 'CONTINENTAL TOURING' started by Sidney, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. Sidney

    Sidney Funster

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    As Harry Hill would say...

    I like ferries and I like the Channel Tunnel.

    But what's best?

    There's only one way to find out...FIGHT!
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  2. scousebird

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    Tunnel every time (especially with Tesco vouchers) :BigGrin:
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  3. stcyr

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    Whichever's cheapest at the time!

    :Smile:
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  4. johnp10

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    Ferry.
    You cant get a full English with a nice sea view in the tunnel.
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  5. Sidney

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    Ferries win

    You get a chance to rest for an hour or more.

    You get an hour or more to get used the the idea of actually going abroad.

    Train wins

    I've never heard that awful scrape of motorhome on tarmac as you get on the train.

    Dogs travel on sofas laps or bed.

    You can lay on the bed and read a magazine.

    You can use your own facilities i.e. no queuing for a cup of tea.

    Its quick.
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  6. Sidney

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    Yes the views can be nice on the ferry - no so much in rough seas or on early or late ferries.
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  7. ksebruce

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    Tunnel for us sooo easy and fast and no weather worries. :thumb:
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  8. Sidney

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    I am going to have to get a Clubcard - just as long as I can opt out of getting lots of junk mail.
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  9. Sidney

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    Is the tunnel ever cheaper?
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  10. scousebird

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    Don't get any junk mail and can opt to get all vouchers online
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  11. MrJinks

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    Agree with all that plus another pro for the tunnel, if somebody is a bad sailor you don't need to worry about crossing conditions.
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  12. Concord Pilot

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    In a car its the train every time for sheer speed. But although the RV is diesel powered it has LPG for the heating etc so is it correct that I cant use the train with the RV ?? So in that case it has to be the boat. Rob
  13. Sidney

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    I think some stress about ease of access when joining the train.

    Ever since finding myself on a country lane going down a steep gradient with big granite rocks either side less than an inch away form the van. I've never had a problem with tight spaces:Blush:
  14. Sidney

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    LPG tanks/bottles have to be under a certain size see here
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  15. stcyr

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    Nope!

    We usually go LD, Newhaven-Dieppe ... and 20% off for being old geyser...
  16. joner8888

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    Living down in the SW it takes a extra 3 hours to drive to dover for Eurotunnel then extra time to drive south again in France-

    so- it has to be a ferry every time for us from Portsmouth/Plymouth :thumb:

    I must try the Eurotunnel once though ,for the experience.
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  17. stcyr

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    No, they check the bottles are shut off before boarding...
  18. Sidney

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    I do like this crossing - but the times could be improved if they ran two boats
  19. eddievanbitz

    eddievanbitz Trader - Funster

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    They have both gt advantages. On a lovely sunny day sitting on deck steaming across the English Channel with a cold beer can be hard to beat. The same as turning up at Midnight and driving straight on to the train and sitting with a mug of coffee and a sandwich in your own van whilst you put your Sterling and change in the safe and refill your wallet/purse with Euros

    The frequency of the Tunnel can be good some times when running late, knowing that if we miss one, another one will be along in a minute:Laughing::Laughing:

    Also whilst the Tunnel some times is delayed the ferries are far more to be effected by poor weather.

    I think on balance if I lived in the East I would probably always favour the Tunnel but as I live in the West I tend to use to use the Ferries

    Eddie
  20. Snowbird

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    Cant afford to shop at Tesco,so no clubcard. Cant afford the extortionate prices they charge at the tunnel without Tesco vouchers. So its DFDS every time, Dover-Dunkirk if travelling north and Dover-Calais when travelling south.

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