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.