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Old 07 December 2002, 18:13   #21
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The Plymouth-Roscoff ferry is the way we go whenever we go to Brittany. It's great if you've come from up norf like we do, as it provides a decent length break for whoever is doing the driving. With the cinema on board you can also catch a film to pass the time.

The way we do it is travel down to Plymouth the day before, with a night booked in a B&B as close to the port as possible. Then it's up early, breakfast, and be on one of the early morning ferries, arriving at the camp site just as they start checking people in.

Last time we were down there, we were at a Eurocamp site near a place called Perros Gerrec (or something like that) on the Cote de Granite Rose (Rose Granite Coast as mentioned earlier in the thread). Stunning area, looks like it'd be great for exploring in a RIB.

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Old 09 December 2002, 14:25   #22
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just got quote on portsmouth to st malo ferry 740 quid !!! for 2 kids & 2 adults crossing in August time.

( that's for a car alone havnt been brave enough to get quote for rib as well )

I could probably buy a ferry for that price and start my own service

It may well be cheaper to get a package option ie campsite which includes ferry crossing, however their prices ussually only include crossing from dover / calais and will have supplements

WHAT SORT OF PRICES HAVE OTHERS PAID ???
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yup, expensive, isn't it!

Brittany Ferries prices have gone through the roof since they had "duty free" taken off them. In 2001, we were going to take 2 cars on the Plymouth-Roscoff route, and total price was going to be 1200. We decided to go on the Condor (fast cat) from Poole-StMalo which came in at just under 900 for both. Never again. Novelty value of planing over the waves OK (but nothing like a RIB!) but boat was late both ways, surly staff, broken air con, claustrophobic cabin, one boat had no room to go outside, and the best thing on telly was the GPS plotter (everyone else thought I was a bit sad for watching it!). Also Jersey immigration treat you like Kosovan gangsters, and they wouldn't open the bar until an in-seat passport check had been completed. Bar staff couldn't do mental arithmetic (actually that was worked to our advantage ). Anyway, next time we'll just go Plymouth-Roscoff. Sod the expense, it's a holiday.

Shop around - you can compare all the different routes for Brittany Ferries on line - didn't someone say in an earlier thread that there's a route booking boats on for free before Xmas? (in the Greece trip thread started my Manos, I think) - but that may have been Stena on the Dover-Calais route???

And for the RIB - I'll take it over (by sea!) for free in July if you like

Some packages are good value, but you've spotted the catch (the Dover -Calais thing). We've had an OK-ish discount when booking through Chez Nous, but they only have limited traveling times.
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2 cars on the Plymouth-Roscoff route, and total price was going to be 1200
You could have a week in Orkney for that much.

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- ah, but we had two weeks!
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Yes Pepper but a week in Orkney is worth 6 months anywhere else....

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Factoid: Orkney, considerably cheaper than France! Plus you don't have to struggle with a foreign language to be understood.

Never realised how expensive the ferry travel was, but then I was never the one paying. We always got the ferry tickets sorted as part of the holiday deal (we stayed with Eurocamp, good but hardly cheap, even if you stay in one of their tents, caravans are even more pricey).

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Matt, you'll find that you have that one wrong. Just wait and listen, you'd never believe it is supposed to be the SAME language.

Still it is one of the exciting things about going on 'The Great Orkney SIB Expedition 2003'.

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Brittany's off

found 4 flights to south of france for 280 quid, looks like we are going there then

sorry wont be able to report back on Brittany trip, too blooming expensive

OK so who's got a rib based near Antibes South of France to blag a ride on ?
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