Steam Packet book­ings open

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The Isle of Man Steam Packet Com­pany has opened pro­vi­sional book­ings for sail­ings to the 2018TT. Pro­vi­sional book­ings, which are held with a de­posit, can be made by vis­it­ing www.steam­ or by call­ing 08722 992 992 (UK) or 0044 8722 992 992 (ROI and out­side UK). De­posits for foot pas­sen­gers have again been held at £10, with ve­hi­cle de­posits re­main­ing at £50. Con­fir­ma­tion of sail­ings and fares will be sent out to­wards the end of 2017, with fi­nal bal­ance pay­ments due dur­ing Fe­bru­ary 2018. Any pro­vi­sional book­ings which are not paid in full will be put back on sale the fol­low­ing month. Last year the Steam Packet Com­pany com­pleted more than 3,500 pro­vi­sional book­ings in just 10 hours and de­mand is ex­pected to be ex­tremely high this year. Isle of Man Steam Packet Com­pany chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Wood­ward said: “We are an­nounc­ing the open­ing of pro­vi­sional book­ings to give fans as much time as pos­si­ble to plan. De­mand to visit the TT re­mains strong.” The Isle of Man Steam Packet Com­pany has also con­firmed the date pro­vi­sional book­ings will open for the 2019TT will be brought for­ward. Mr Wood­ward ex­plained: “Next year we will open pro­vi­sional book­ings for the 2019TT on Mon­day, May 21, 2018. Tra­di­tion­ally, pro­vi­sional book­ings for the fol­low­ing year’s TT have opened dur­ingtt prac­tice week, but this is a time when our staff are al­ready very busy. Bring­ing the date for­ward will al­low us to de­ploy ad­di­tional staff to as­sist cus­tomers with their book­ings. “Al­though it is more than a year away, we felt it was im­por­tant to an­nounce this change now as many peo­ple have be­come used to our tra­di­tional date and we wouldn’t want them to miss out. We will is­sue re­minders about the change of book­ing date for the 2019TT.” You heard it first here in Classic Racer so get the date in your diary.

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