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New ferry to Spain.
DFDS/LD Lines is launching a new route, from Poole to Santander, announced today. The service will provide welcome competition to Brittany Ferries, currently the only operator running ferries between the UK and Spain direct.
Earlier this year Brittany Ferries started up in competition to DFDS/LD Lines from Portsmouth to Le Havre.
Starting Saturday 3 November, the new Poole-Santander boat has two round crossings per week – from Poole on Tuesday and Saturday, back Thursday and Sunday – with a 26 hour crossing time. See timetable here.
The launch offer is £399 return for two+car including cabin (for the first 500 bookings). The ship is the Norman Asturias which can carry 520 passengers and 200 cars.
DFDS is updating its First Class service between Dover and Dunkirk. The company sent out a survey earlier this week asking customers to help chose a new name. There’s no word yet on when the new lounges will be introduced, or what else DFDS plans to change. Access to the First Class section currently costs £12 per person and includes priority boarding and disembarking – though you must check-in an hour in advance – free daily newspapers, hot and cold drinks and wi-fi. It’s only available on day time crossings and is not open to children under eight years old.
Meanwhile, MyFerryLink Dover-Calais has 2,000 tickets for sale at £19 each way, for any duration, for a car and up to nine people, available on a first come first served basis.
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