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Ferry - when can we book?

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Hi all,

We are hoping to drive for the first time at Christmas next year (hoping!!). Does anyone know when Brittany Ferries usually release their December crossings? We are hoping for Portsmouth to Caen as we are based on South Wales and want to avoid driving to Dover/Folkstone after work on a Friday!

Thanks in advance!
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I was going to comment on Dover being just as close, But Im assuming you want to drive to France?

Are you sea dogs? Could be a long time at sea if your not!!
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Think I'd ask the ferry company??
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If you do one of the western Channel crossings you also need to factor in what time - and how - to transit Paris. I live with 10 minutes drive of the Portsmouth ferry port but drive to Dover and take eurotunnel. @jafa is right about the long time at sea which, too often, translates into a rather short time asleep.
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We have done the Portsmouth to Caen crossing before for skiing and if you can fall asleep easily on the ferry it is a good option. The ferry and cabin prices are usually cheaper for Christmas than in the summer and the ferries are very quiet at that time of year so no queuing for meals etc.

It doesn't look as though Brittany Ferries have released their winter prices yet. They will probably come out in the summer.

We usually book skiing through Peak Retreats and when we have booked the Caen ferry through them in a package with alpine accommodation the ferry price has worked out cheaper than booking the ferry on its own through BF (as BF don't offer ferry/accommodation deals for alpine destinations). If you book accommodation and ferry together through a TO you would also have better financial protection at the current time as it counts as a package holiday.
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@pam w, Assuming @laurenamy25, is taking the Friday night ferry she would be going round paris early on Saturday morning so hopefully the traffic would not be too bad.

The cross country route via Tours/Le Mans is another option which we usually do to avoid Paris but as it is a bit longer it works better taking an early morning ferry from Portsmouth and stopping for a night en route. We are only just over an hour from Portsmouth so it works for us. Might be less appealing from Wales!
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Thanks for the replies all.

Yes we are used to ferry crossings - husband spent a lot of time travelling to France when younger and I am a History teacher so I have been on many a ferry crossing on tours to Europe (and can sleep anywhere!). We are hoping to do the Friday night over night which arrives in Caen around 7-8am with the aim of getting around Paris nice and early.

Thanks for the suggestion @snowmum - we already have accomodation booked direct but this is something we will maybe look at in the future.

@colinstone - I am purely asking to see if anyone who normally books the ferry knows a rough idea - ferry company does not have this information published and as we all know contacting them is a bit of a pain at the moment!
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@laurenamy25, sailings from November to March usually go on sale in mid July. We have a membership with Brittany Ferries- if you need 10% off your fare, please PM me nearer the time and I can send you our membership number for a discount.
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@glossopdodge thank you so much - that’s really kind.
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