The Benefits of Ferry Travel | Big Ferry Fortnight Giveaway

I have quite honestly lost count of how many ferry crossings I have taken in my lifetime. It was at its peak when we lived in France as it was such a convenient way of travelling for us. I even made a lot of crossings by myself because I preferred it to flying. Now, don’t get me wrong I did fly every now and then but if I could cross by ferry then that’s the option I’d take. Not only is it a great opportunity to feel like you’re not travelling but many ferry services offer onboard facilities and entertainment at no extra charge. Entertainment can include a cinema, bingo, soft play for the kids and arcades. It’s also great fun going out on deck and getting some fresh air.

The Benefits of Ferry Travel | Big Ferry Fortnight Giveaway
Family on Deck – Brittany Ferries

Big Ferry Fortnight Ballot

Have you heard about the big Ferry Fortnight Ballot? It is open from March 23rd Until the 6th April 2019 and it’s your chance to get your hands on 2,400 free pairs of ferry tickets across the UK, Ireland and British Islands.

Discover Ferries are hosting the ballot. All 13 of their ferry members (with more than 50 routes) have come together to create this fantastic ballot offer. This ballot is only available to people living in the UK and the Isle of Man. Some tickets are for a vehicle with 2, 4 or up to 7 passengers.
Residents can apply for as many tickets as they like at  when the ballot opens on Saturday 23rd March 2019.

The Benefits of Ferry Travel | Big Ferry Fortnight Giveaway
Wightlink Yarmouth

Residents can also pre-register their interest for tickets now before the ballot officially opens. The ballot will close on Saturday 6th April 2019. Please see their website for further information. You can apply for as many tickets as you like, and the winners will be selected at random.

Discover Ferries members taking part in the Big Ferry Fortnight ballot are: Brittany Ferries, Caledonian MacBrayne, Condor Ferries, DFDS, Hovertravel, Irish Ferries, Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, Isles of Scilly Travel, MBNA Thames Clippers, P&O Ferries, Red Funnel, Stena Line and Wightlink.

The Benefits of Ferry Travel
CalMac Outer Hebrides

Why Travel by Ferry – The Benefits

There are so many benefits to travelling by Ferry. Here’s a list of my top pro’s to ferry travel.

  • You won’t need to hire a car when you arrive
  • You can take your car, caravan, camper van and or bike with you
  • Ferry travel can help break up a long journey
  • You can travel with your dogs – even your pet parrots!
  • Children can stretch their legs during the journey meaning they’re not couped up all the time
  • You can take as much luggage as you want in the car – no weight restrictions
  • You can take plenty of British shopping with you so you don’t need to buy as much when you arrive
  • Plus you can learn about the marine life in our waters as many ferries have an ORCA wildlife officer onboard.
  • Travelling by ferry is a far more relaxed experience. Which is great for people with a fear of flying.
  • You won’t have to have an embarrassing body search.
  • No extra charges for baggage.
  • You can rent a private cabin to catch 40 winks, if needs be.
  • The opportunity to eat fresh food instead of pre packed plane food
Red Funnel Signature Lounge
Red Funnel Signature Lounge

Things to consider when travelling by ferry

I have never felt stressed travelling by ferry. It’s a far more relaxing experience than flying. Especially as I hate airport lounges! We often travel on a ferry crossing around lunch time so we can time it well with when we would normally be taking a break in our journey anyway. Travelling by ferry can also mean that you can see more of a country than you would if you flew over in a plane.

I used to live a 6 hour drive to a ferry port in France and then a 4 hour drive to see my parents in the UK. Door to door it would only take me about 1 hour longer by ferry than if I’d driven to my local airport and taken a flight into the UK. To then have the added bonus of not having to hire a car (I hate doing that) and to not have to drag my bags miles around an airport was always win win for me.

Want to discover new places with the help of a ferry crossing? Why not enter Discover Ferries ballot to win yourself one of their many ferry crossings up for grabs.

Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post with Discover Ferries. All opinions are my own. All photos are courtesy of Discover Ferries.

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The Benefits of Ferry Travel


  1. We haven’t done that many ferry crossings as a family, bit I think there is a huge novelty factor, especially for the kids and so many positives like you mention.

  2. I never really thought about going to ferry travel before, it looks beautiful though. May need to add it to my want to do list.

  3. I grew up near south coast of England so we often went on ferries even if it was just a trip to Isle of Wight. Not so often now I live in NW England. You’re right there are many advantages to ferry travel.

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