BEST FERRY LINE
By far the busiest ferry routes out of the UK are the short Dover crossings, but you don’t seem to enjoy them as much as the longer services to Normandy and Brittany and down to Santander and Bilbao in Spain.
Brittany Ferries, which operates most of these routes, is once again the clear winner. Indeed, it has, with remarkable consistency, won this award every year since 2013.
Some of this success, I think, stems from the fact that these longer crossings are a chance to relax and enjoy the journey – you feel as though the holiday has started. The Dover routes feel much more perfunctory – you are back on the car deck an hour or so after setting sail.
That said, Brittany Ferries clearly knows how to look after customers, with ferries that feel more like cruise ships, excellent cuisine and an enticing choice of destinations.
Red Funnel will be particularly relieved at your vote of confidence. The operator of the Southampton-Isle of Wight route made headlines in October when one of its ferries collided with moored yachts in Cowes harbour, sinking one.
Stena Line, which crosses the Irish